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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...

Trump Taps Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to Lead Interior

December 15, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has picked Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to head the Interior Department. The announcement on GreatAgain.gov comes days after the pick was first reported online by The Washington Post. Zinke was an early supporter of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign and openly sought...

Pay Raise Surprise, New Tuition Discounts, Snow Day Refresher and More

December 14, 2016 Last week ended on a high note for federal employees. First, President Obama surprised everyone by increasing next year’s civilian pay raise to 2.1 percent. The civilian pay hike now matches the figure lawmakers approved for the military as part of the Defense authorization bill. Then, at the last minute...

Quiz: Are You in Danger of Breaking the Rules for Holiday Gift Giving in Federal Offices?

December 12, 2016 There's nothing like a nice gift basket to lift spirits in the office during the holiday season. Federal employees should think twice, however, before digging into that box of expensive chocolates or that bottle of wine from a contractor. Even giving a token of appreciation to your boss requires extra...

Federal Employees Unlikely to Get Extra Time Off Around Christmas

December 8, 2016 As the holiday season swings into high gear, federal employees may be wondering if they will get any extra time off to finish their Christmas shopping. The answer this year is likely to be “no,” unless President Obama is feeling especially generous. Christmas falls on a Sunday this time around,...

Shutdown Suspense, Stubborn Retirement Backlog, Details on the Inauguration Day Holiday and More

December 7, 2016 Uncertainty continues to be a theme for feds as Congress races against a Friday deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Negotiators unveiled a continuing resolution Tuesday evening that would keep government open through April 28. Unfortunately for feds, however, the measure contains some controversial provisions, including a waiver allowing Gen....