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Washington Agencies Open on Two-Hour Delay

February 26, 2015 Federal offices in the Washington area are open Thursday under a two-hour delayed arrival policy, the Office of Personnel Management announced. Employees also have the option to take unscheduled leave or telework. Those not teleworking should arrive at work no more than two hours after their scheduled starting time, OPM ...

Shutdown Pay and Leave, Telework Savings, Rx Tracking and More

February 25, 2015 While Republicans and Democrats duke it out over Homeland Security funding, lawmakers in both chambers have introduced bills that would guarantee back pay to federal workers affected by any lapse in appropriations for the department. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act of 2015, introduced in the Senate by Maryland ...

Washington Offices Closed Tuesday As Snow Moves In

February 16, 2015 Washington-area federal agencies will be closed Tuesday due to heavy snowfall, the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday evening. "Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements," OPM said in the announcement. Non-emergency employees will be granted administrative leave for the day, ...

Aggressive Lobbying on Pay Issues, Veterans Suicide Prevention and More

February 11, 2015 Two major federal employee unions have gathered for their annual legislative conferences, and while their styles may be a bit different, one thing is clear: they are both hitting Capitol Hill aggressively on behalf of their members’ job security, resources, pay and benefits. One area of focus for the National ...

Prescription Drug Price Hikes, Pay Raises, Benefits in the 2016 Budget and More

February 4, 2015 These days it’s rare to find a benefits change that will both save the government money and help federal employees. But the Veterans Affairs Department on Wednesday touted a new service that does just that. More than 57,000 veterans are using an online tool that allows them to track the ...

TSP 1099s Are In the Mail, Vets Sick Leave Bill Advances, Abortion Restrictions and More

January 28, 2015 It’s that fun time of year. No, we’re not talking about the Super Bowl. It’s time to start assembling all your tax documents. If you received a withdrawal from your Thrift Savings Plan account or a taxable loan in 2014, your IRS Form 1099-R will be arriving soon in your ...

Washington Agencies to Open Two Hours Late

January 27, 2015 Federal agencies in the Washington area will open two hours late on Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management announced, with the option for employees to take unscheduled leave or telework. "Non-emergency employees who report to the office will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for up to 2 hours past ...

Washington Agencies Open With Unscheduled Leave, Telework

January 26, 2015 Federal agencies in the Washington area are open Monday, with the option for employees to take unscheduled leave or telework, the Office of Personnel Management announced. The move came as a major snowstorm bore down on the East Coast, with very high amounts of snow expected in New York and ...

Paid Family Leave, Double Incentive Pay for a Stressful Job and More

January 21, 2015 The president’s annual State of the Union speech often addresses the role of government, broadly, and may even give a shout out to particular federal workers. But it rarely delves into specific federal pay and benefits issues, and this year was no exception. Obama did, however, make reference Tuesday night ...

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 ...