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Tuition Assistance Hike, TRICARE Changes, Military Pay and More

May 11, 2016 Military personnel can expect higher pay and changes to their health benefits next year, although the details are still being worked out. Earlier this week, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel panel cleared the National Defense Authorization Act with a 1.6 percent pay raise for troops. That was half a...

Progress Continues on Reducing the Federal Retirement Claims Backlog

May 9, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management continued to make progress on reducing the backlog of federal retirement claims in April, according to data released late last week. The backlog fell to 14,517 in April from 19,211 in March, a decrease of 24 percent. That follows on a 15 percent decrease from...

Retirement Planning: Get Your Questions Answered

May 6, 2016 Regardless of where you are in your federal career, it pays to think about and begin preparing for your eventual retirement. But navigating the process can be tricky, especially since the federal government has its own unique retirement systems and regulations. If you have questions about planning for your life...

Get Our New Free eBook: Closing the Skills Gap in Government

May 3, 2016 The federal government’s top watchdog doesn’t mince words: “Mission-critical skills gaps within specific federal agencies as well as across the federal workforce pose a high risk to the nation because they impede the government from cost-effectively serving the public and achieving results,” the Government Accountability Office concluded in a 2015...

5 Things the Next President Must Do Now to Avoid Being a Failed One-Termer

May 2, 2016 What could be worse than this presidential campaign? The one that will follow it in 2020, if whoever is elected this fall doesn’t get serious about governing the country. So says Donald F. Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Kettl has written a memo...

Problems Voting Overseas, Financial Management Help, Fair Pay Dustup and More

April 27, 2016 The 2016 presidential election is drawing attention to the highly decentralized nature of the U.S. election system, where every state seems to operate according to a unique set of rules and deadlines. For military personnel and federal employees serving overseas, figuring out how to vote absentee makes the process even...

Contractor Sick Leave, Congress’ Self-Imposed Pay Freeze, Military Pay and More

April 20, 2016 It’s been about six months since President Obama signed an executive order guaranteeing federal contractors paid sick leave, and the haggling over how that rule will be implemented has started. The Labor Department’s proposed regulation on Executive Order 13706 is “broad in its application, overly prescriptive in its implementation, and...

Financial Advice in Your Best Interest, Workplace Flexibility and More

April 6, 2016 The Labor Department on Wednesday finalized a rule designed to ensure that those saving for retirement get investment advice that’s actually in their best interest—not the best interest of the adviser. The final rule has been years in the making. The department received a great deal of feedback after it...

Senate Support for Tripling the Pay Raise, a Scholarship Deadline and More

March 23, 2016 It’s official: There is now Senate-side support for giving federal employees a 5.3 percent pay raise in 2017. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced legislation last week that would give civilians a 3.9 percent boost next year, plus a 1.4 percent bump in locality pay. The figure is more than three...

Autism Coverage, Diplomat Pay, Retirement Relief and More

March 16, 2016 Would you rather have job security or an opportunity to make more money? Apparently most senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department would take security over pay, when considering a department proposal to move some executives from Title 5 to Title 38 as a way to streamline the hiring and...

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