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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....

Details on 2017 Locality Pay, a Surprise With the Military Raise, and More

November 30, 2016 Federal employees are facing a lot of uncertainty during the presidential transition. But this week brought clarity to several shorter-term pay issues. On Tuesday the Obama administration released details on locality pay rates for 2017. California’s Bay Area and the Washington, D.C., region will receive the biggest locality pay boosts...

OPM Seeks 2017 Presidential Rank Award Nominations

November 28, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management is seeking nominations of outstanding senior executives for the federal government’s most prestigious civil service awards program. The Presidential Rank Awards help to build and sustain a “first class federal workforce,” said acting OPM Director Beth Cobert in a memo to chief human capital officers...

Overtime Pay, Bonuses, Firefighter Benefits and More

November 23, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management on Monday issued a final rule that would extend health care benefits to part-time federal firefighters. The rule affects thousands of emergency personnel brought on to handle wildfires every year. President Obama directed the change in 2012. Agencies will be able to give employees slightly...

2017 Holidays, Pay and Benefits During Transitions, and More

November 16, 2016 Amid all the fallout from the divisive presidential campaigns, there is at least one thing lawmakers seem able to agree on: the Secret Service agents who worked overtime to protect the candidates deserve to be fully compensated. Right now, some agents are owed as much as $30,000 to $40,000 in...

New Ebook: Surviving the Transition to a New Administration

November 16, 2016 During a normal year, federal executives and managers would spend much of the late fall crafting their spending requirements for inclusion in the president’s budget request to Congress early the following year. But 2016 is not a normal year. Instead, government officials are focused on what is potentially a much...

Trump Team Resolves Paperwork Problem That Had Stalled Transition

November 16, 2016 Vice President-elect Mike Pence has signed paperwork necessary to resume planning for the transition to the Trump administration, the Office of Management and Budget confirmed Wednesday. The transition had been frozen until Pence, selected to replace New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as transition chairman, completed a memorandum of understanding meant...

Congressional Races Federal Employees Should Watch -- The Results

November 8, 2016 This story will be updated throughout the evening with the race winners in boldface. The spotlight this election season has been on the presidential campaigns, but there are a number of congressional races whose outcomes could influence agencies' budgets, federal employee pay and benefits, efforts to hold federal workers accountable...