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Dental Premiums Drop, Retirement Claims Spike, Anxiety Over Benefits 'Reform' Grows

February 8, 2017 Kudos to the dedicated feds at the Agriculture Department’s National Finance Center. The center, which processes payroll for more than 650,000 federal employees, was badly damaged in a tornado that hit eastern New Orleans on Tuesday. USDA quickly initiated its Continuity of Operations plan, relocating staff to an alternative work...

Feds Will Get Paychecks on Time After Tornado Hits Major Processing Facility

February 8, 2017 This story has been updated. The New Orleans-based center that processes payroll for more than 650,000 federal employees was severely damaged by one of the tornadoes that hit the eastern part of the city on Tuesday, but has enacted its emergency plan and does not anticipate any delays in issuing...

Solid TSP Growth, An Opening Bid for the 2018 Pay Raise and More

February 1, 2017 It’s no secret that many Republicans on Capitol Hill are eager to slash federal employee pay and retirement benefits, and now it’s becoming clear the Trump administration is of a similar mindset. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said while announcing the hiring freeze last week that federal employees’ compensation...

Hiring Freeze Fallout, Tax Relief, Education Benefits and More

January 25, 2017 There’s a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the federal hiring freeze President Trump imposed through an executive order he signed on Tuesday. The order exempts military personnel and leaves open exceptions for “limited circumstances” and positions agencies deem “necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities.” But because most...

A Managers Guide to the New Administration

January 17, 2017 Every presidential transition creates uncertainty for those who serve in the executive branch, especially when a new political party comes to power. The incoming Donald J. Trump administration is likely to engender more anxiety than most—even among federal managers who supported the new president, and there are many. Trump has...

Congress’ Big Plans for Federal Service, Locality Pay Loophole and More

January 11, 2017 All indications suggest that 2017 is going to be an interesting year for federal employees in the pay and benefits arena. Before we get to that, here’s a reminder that Washington area feds (at least most of them) will see at least one concrete benefit from new administration—an extra day...

Should DHS Move to Des Moines?

January 11, 2017 Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, proposed an interesting idea Monday. As Eric Katz reported, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman plans to push for a resolution expressing the “sense of the House” that federal agencies should seek more opportunities to move their offices and employees outside of Washington. Specifically,...

New Rules for Juggling Telework and Childcare, Mileage Rate Cuts, FEHB Access and More

January 4, 2017 First the good news: Federal pay is going up. The Office of Personnel Management just published the 2017 pay tables for the various categories of government employees, including those in the SES, the General Schedule, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Foreign Service. The rates of pay for uniformed service...

Obama Makes Next Year’s 2.1 Percent Pay Raise Official

December 27, 2016 President Obama on Tuesday issued an executive order formally implementing his proposal for a 2.1 percent civilian pay raise in 2017. The executive order is the last step in the pay raise process. Obama originally proposed a 1.6 percent boost for civilians, but in a surprise move earlier this month,...

VA Bonus Dustup, Trump’s Government ‘Accountability’ Play and More

December 21, 2016 Despite a higher than expected pay raise for civilian employees in 2017 and a locality pay boost for some, the new year is likely to be a rocky one for the federal workforce. President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he would tap budget hawk Mick Mulvaney to lead the White House...

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