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Anger Mounts Over Long Term Care Premium Spike

August 24, 2016 There’s growing concern on Capitol Hill surrounding the recently-announced premium hike for the 274,000 current and former employees who are covered by the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Policy holders, on average, will soon see an 83 percent spike in their payments to maintain their current coverage levels. Some...

New Travel Regs and Shopping Benefits, Retirement Hitches and More

August 17, 2016 There’s been a lot of talk about phased retirement since Congress approved the practice in 2012, but not much action. The idea was to help agencies manage the loss of critical skills in the face of a retirement wave by allowing eligible federal employees to remain on the job part-time...

Government's Quest to Attract (and Keep) Millennials

August 4, 2016 As agencies across government grapple with the challenge of attracting younger workers, especially those with critical technical skills, they must contend with a perception (also the reality sometimes) that government work is a path to soul-sucking boredom. While most employees—at least the desirable ones—prefer meaningful work, millennials are less inclined...

Anger Over Skyrocketing Long-Term Care Premiums, the $333B Plan to Cut Feds’ Pay and Benefits, and More

August 3, 2016 Advocates for federal employees and retirees have joined lawmakers in demanding answers on skyrocketing premiums in the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association on Monday announced that it has sent letters to three congressional committees seeking hearings on the premium increase, which will...

GSA Negotiates New Discounted Airfares for Federal Travelers

July 29, 2016 The General Services Administration on Friday announced that it has finalized its fiscal 2017 contracts for discounted airfare for federal travelers, and expects to save $2.4 billion through the new agreements. The fiscal 2017 contracts for the City Pair Program went to eight major carriers, an increase of one from...

Wage Scale Change, Vets’ Preference Expansion, No-Interest Loans and More

July 20, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management wants to redefine the geographic boundaries for the New York and Philadelphia wage areas. The move would put the entire Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, located in central New Jersey, in the New York metropolitan area. Currently, portions of the military installation formerly known as Fort Dix...

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Hatch Act?

July 14, 2016 Everyone seems to have a lot to say about the 2016 presidential election, and federal employees are likely no exception. But unlike most members of the general public, civil servants are subject to restrictions in the Hatch Act and have to be very careful about how, when and where they...

Pay Raise Progress, Protections Against Layoffs, a Delay in SafeTrack Relief and More

July 13, 2016 The past week brought some good news on next year’s civilian pay raise. The House passed its version of the fiscal 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which – by virtue of staying silent on the issue – would allow President Obama’s proposed 1.6 percent 2017 raise to...

Expanded Education Benefits, Executive Bonus Boost and More

July 6, 2016 Effective immediately, federal employees are eligible for tuition reductions for graduate and professional studies programs at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The agreement between Saint Mary’s and the Office of Personnel Management applies to both online and on-campus programs. According to an announcement from OPM, the benefit is part of...

Momentum on Phased Retirement, Scrutiny of Senior Exec Bonuses and More

June 22, 2016 The biggest benefits news this week may be that the Defense Department is on board with phased retirement. Defense civilians who have been employed at the department full time for at least three consecutive years and are retirement eligible will now be able to take advantage of the arrangement, so...

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