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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...

Congressional Races Federal Employees Should Watch

November 7, 2016 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 for their job performance, postal reform and a host of other management issues. Below...

Election Recap: What’s at Stake for Feds in the 2016 Presidential Election

November 7, 2016 After an unusually bitter and divisive campaign season, Election Day is finally less than 24 hours away. The Office of Personnel Management has reminded federal employees that they may be eligible for time off to vote. Agencies should allow excused absences so that employees can “report for work three hours...

Protecting Your TSP Savings, Bigger Locality Pay Raises, Bonus Award Stats and More

November 2, 2016 This column has been updated with new information about the number of people who will need to re-enroll in hack-protection services. Just as the massive breach of personal data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management was starting to become a more distant memory, some federal employees affected by the...