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Obama Gives Feds Half-Day Off on Christmas Eve

December 11, 2015 President Obama on Friday granted federal employees a half-day off on Christmas Eve. "All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty for the last half of the scheduled workday on Thursday, December 24, 2015, the day before Christmas Day,..."...

Obama Signs Bill Pushing Back Shutdown Deadline 5 Days

December 11, 2015 With the hope that they can pass a longer-term plan next week, Congress on Friday sent a short-term spending bill to the White House for President Obama's signature, according to The Associated Press. The bill keeps the government open until Wednesday. Obama signed the bill Friday evening. The plan was...

How a Shutdown Could Hit Your Wallet

December 9, 2015 Unfortunately, it’s time for a refresher on how a government shutdown would affect federal employees’ pay and benefits. While lawmakers and others are hopeful that Congress will pass -- and President Obama will sign -- a short-term continuing resolution until they can reach a budget agreement, another shutdown is a...

Details on the Locality Pay Increase, Controversial Petition for Christmas Eve Off, and More

December 2, 2015 Federal employees returned from Thanksgiving to some big pay news. President Obama on Monday released the details of the first locality pay raise since 2010. Together, the locality pay adjustments will raise the total federal payroll by 0.3 percent next year. That boost comes on top of a 1 percent...

Lawmakers Ask If Policy Limiting ‘Burrowing In’ Of Political Appointees Has Worked

November 30, 2015 Four Republican lawmakers on Monday asked the Government Accountability Office to review whether a 2010 policy designed to limit the “burrowing in” of political appointees to career civil service jobs has been effective. The letter from Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and John Thune, R-S.D., and Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and...

Open Season Help, Bountiful Bonuses and More

November 18, 2015 Open season for federal employees to make changes to their health insurance is under way, and this year’s promises to be extra busy because there’s a new option on the table: self-plus-one coverage. Employees who want to take advantage of that new offering, or make other changes, have been running...

It's Official: Beth Cobert to Lead OPM

November 10, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday nominated Beth Cobert to become director of the Office of Personnel Management. She has been acting OPM director since July. The former deputy director for management in the Office of Management and Budget took the reins at OPM in the wake of data breaches that compromised...

TRICARE Premium Hike, Gender Pay Gap and More

November 4, 2015 Military personnel and retirees who carry adult children on their TRICARE health insurance plans will see significant premium hikes next year. The Defense Department announced the cost increase last week. The TRICARE Young Adult Prime and Standard options, which cover beneficiaries aged 23-26, will increase to $306 per month and...

White House Takes Another Step to Ease Federal Hiring of Former Felons

November 2, 2015 As part of a broader initiative to reduce recidivism among previously incarcerated individuals, the White House on Monday announced additional steps to make it easier for former felons to get federal jobs. The Obama administration is “encouraged” by bipartisan legislation that would prevent federal agencies and contractors from asking about...

Last-Ditch Effort for a COLA Increase, a Spending Hike for a Popular Perk and More

October 21, 2015 Federal retirees last week officially learned what many had likely already feared: there will be no cost-of-living adjustment next year. At least one lawmaker wants to change that, though it’s unclear how far his efforts will get. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., introduced a bill (H.R. 3761) that would grant retirees...