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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...

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...

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