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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...

Military Retirement Update: Welcome to the TSP!

March 16, 2016 Last year, Congress enacted a major overhaul of the military’s retirement system. The new approach moves away from the 20-year, all-or-nothing pension arrangement that has characterized military retirement. In its place comes a more balanced approach in which new service members begin saving for their own retirement in the Thrift...

Feds Encouraged to Telework During Nuclear Security Summit in Late March

March 15, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management on Monday encouraged agencies in Washington, D.C., to allow their employees to telework during a large nuclear security summit at the end of March. The summit will bring together leaders from 50 countries and four international organizations in downtown Washington on March 31 and April...

Momentum for a 5.3 Percent Raise, the Stubborn Retirement Backlog and More

March 9, 2016 With the presidential primaries dominating the news, you might be wondering what’s at stake in the election when it comes to your pay and benefits. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump hasn’t offered many specifics about his views on the subject, though he did tell Newsweek last year: “I have great relationships...

Where Does Your Favorite 2016 Candidate Stand on Pay, Benefits and Other Federal Employee Issues?

March 1, 2016 Many federal employees will likely head to the polls to vote in the presidential primaries on Super Tuesday. While the candidates’ views on the federal workforce are just one of many factors influencing civil servants’ votes, it might be useful to review where the candidates stand on matters such as...

Help With Student Loans, Paid Sick Leave for Contractors

February 24, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management is giving agencies a March 31 deadline for reporting student loan repayment benefits data for 2015. OPM wants to know how many employees received benefits, the job classification of those employees, and the amount of money they received. Agencies are authorized to repay certain “federally...

Washington-Area Agencies Open Under Three-Hour Delay

February 16, 2016 Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area will open three hours late on Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management announced early Tuesday morning. Employees also will be eligible to take unscheduled leave or telework, as is now the standard practice under such situations. Several inches of snow fell in the...

The Same Old Benefits Proposals, a Disappointing Pay Raise and More Info on Military Childcare

February 10, 2016 Federal employees looking for bold, new pay and benefits proposals in President Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget likely came away disappointed. The document unveiled Tuesday sang the praises of the federal workforce, but stuck mainly with benefits requests from past budgets, such as six weeks of paid parental leave. Even the...

Agencies in Washington Open With Unscheduled Leave, Telework

February 9, 2016 Federal agencies in the Washington area are open Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management announced, but employees have the option of taking unscheduled leave or telework. The announcement came early Tuesday morning, as a winter storm with a mix of rain and snow moved through the region. Emergency employees are...