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Help for Vets, TRICARE Update, Pay Raise Prospects and More

January 14, 2015 Once again, helping veterans appears to be high on Congress’ priority list this year. (These things were tried in 2014 without success—perhaps second time around is the charm.) On Wednesday, a bi-partisan group of House lawmakers reintroduced H.R. 313, the 2015 Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, which would give federal ...

Another Unscheduled Telework Day for Washington-Area Agencies

January 14, 2015 Federal agencies in the Washington area are open Wednesday, with the option for unscheduled leave or telework, the Office of Personnel Management announced early in the morning. The move came as snow was expected to fall in the region at around the start of the morning rush hour. It marked ...

Washington Agencies to Open Two Hours Late on Monday

January 11, 2015 Federal agencies will open two hours late on Monday, with the option for employees to take unscheduled leave or telework, the Office of Personnel Management announced Sunday evening. With weather forecasts calling for the possibility of freezing rain starting in the middle of the night, federal officials made the move ...

Mileage Reimbursement Hike, Retirement Savings Resolutions and More

January 7, 2015 With Republicans now in control of both chambers of Congress, federal pay and benefits will be much more vulnerable to attack. Cost-cutting proposals that previously died in the Senate will have a better chance of making it to President Obama’s desk, as one federal union leader pointed out after the ...

Washington Area Agencies Open With Unscheduled Leave

January 6, 2015 Federal agencies in the Washington area will be open Tuesday, with the option for employees to take unscheduled leave or telework, the Office of Personnel Management announced. Snow was falling in the D.C. area as the morning rush hour began to unfold. "Non-emergency employees must notify their supervisor of their ...

Disengaged Employees, Lackluster Pay and More

December 17, 2014 It looks like 2014 will end with a whimper instead of a bang for federal employees, and that’s good news, considering what the bang might have been. Despite some 11th-hour brinksmanship, lawmakers approved and President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending plan for 2015. That means you can stop worrying ...

Overtime Pay Cuts, Pay Raises, Suicide Prevention and More

December 10, 2014 Many Border Patrol agents will soon receive smaller paychecks under a new law that will require significant changes to overtime pay. The House on Wednesday passed S.1691, the 2014 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, sending to President Obama’s desk a bill that aims to bring stability to the workforce ...

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Flexible Spending Accounts

December 9, 2014 Thanks to “technical issues,” federal employees have been granted more time to sign up for flexible spending accounts in 2015. The FSAFEDS enrollment window has been extended through Wednesday, Dec. 10, according to a notice on the benefit program’s website. By establishing flexible savings accounts, workers can set aside a ...

Obama Gives Feds Extra Day Off at Christmas

December 5, 2014 President Obama issued an executive order Friday formally granting federal employees an extra holiday day off on Dec. 26. “All executive branch departments and agencies of the federal government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, the day after Christmas Day,” the order ...

Tapping Feds for Deficit Reduction, Autism Benefits, Roth TSP Contributions and More

December 3, 2014 The Congressional Budget Office has a few ideas for reducing the deficit. Seventy-nine, actually. In its most recent periodic analysis of policy options and their effect on the federal budget, CBO estimates the savings associated with all manner of things, from tweaking the tax code to cutting grants to state ...