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Federal Offices in Washington to Again Open Under Three-Hour Delay Thursday

January 27, 2016 Federal offices in the Washington area will again open Thursday under a three-hour delay, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday evening. The announcement means that employees can arrive up to three hours after their scheduled starting time without being charged annual leave. Employees also have the option of taking...

A Second Chance to Change Health Plans, TSP News and More

January 27, 2016 Not happy with the health plan you chose during open season? You will have a second chance starting next week to modify your benefits. The Office of Personnel Management is hosting a “limited enrollment period” from Feb. 1 to Feb. 29 for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program participants who decide...

Tell Us How the Blizzard Affects You and Your Agency

January 22, 2016 Washington politicians and officials are strangely united on one point: The monster storm bearing down on the nation's capitol could cripple the region for days and have deadly consequences for any who fail to take it seriously.The region's abysmal response to a minor dusting of snow earlier in the week...

Grand Jury Indicts Man in Connection With Immigration Fraud Scheme Uncovered by ICE

January 21, 2016 A federal grand jury has indicted a Rhode Island man in connection with an immigration fraud scheme uncovered by federal investigators. Officials with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau and Citizenship and Immigration Services found that Nimon Naphaeng, 34, a native of Thailand living in Rhode Island, applied for asylum...

Limiting the Pensions of Wealthy Ex-Presidents, Help With Retirement Decisions and More

January 13, 2016 President Obama’s parting State of the Union address didn’t offer much by way of concrete proposals that would affect federal employees. The president did, however, call for broader political reforms that public servants might welcome. He appealed to Americans to work together and have “rational, constructive debates” on issues ranging...

Rushing Retirement Could Cost You

January 7, 2016 January is often a time of reckoning. It’s when many of us resolve to get more exercise, save more money and finally get around to doing all those things we’ve put off for too long. It’s also when a lot of federal employees put in their retirement paperwork. If you’re...

Pay Banding, TSP Changes and More

January 6, 2016 It’s still early, of course, but the biggest personnel news this year may be that the Defense Department is moving more civilian employees out of the General Schedule. GovExec’s Eric Katz has the story on how the Air Force is transitioning 13,000 civilians to what service officials believe will be...

How to Figure Your 2016 Pay Raise

December 29, 2015 Federal employees can breathe a sigh of relief now that President Obama has made next year’s 1.3 percent pay raise official, with a Dec. 18 executive order. What will the raise mean for your paycheck? The answer depends on where you live. For the first time since 2010, the raise...

Obama Makes It Official: 1.3 Percent Pay Raise for 2016

December 18, 2015 President Obama issued an executive order Friday implementing a 1.3 percent across the board pay increase for federal employees in 2016. The salary boost is a slight bump from the 1 percent increase civilian government workers received for 2015 and 2014. Before that, a three-year pay freeze had been in...

The Fine Print on Feds’ Half Day Dec. 24, Gifts from Congress and More

December 16, 2015 President Obama last week gave federal employees a highly-anticipated Christmas present: a half-day off on Dec. 24. Though the gift was not exactly a surprise, many Government Executive readers were happy the president made it official. “This is wonderful,” one wrote in a comment. “The federal workforce has worked hard...