Pay & Benefits

The Index: 2020 Edition

A guide to the most important and relevant Retirement Planning columns of the past 14 years.

Interior Still Threatening to Deny Incentives to Employees It Has Relocated West

Employees have already decided if they will move, but Interior says a lack of additional appropriations from Congress could block promised financial assistance.

White House Tasks Agencies With Getting Injured Feds Back on the Job Faster

New initiative would also seek to reduce workplace injuries to decrease "the financial burden of injury on taxpayers."

Feds at Two Major Agencies Would Not Get Paid Parental Leave Under New Law

A law authorizing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers applies only to Title 5 employees, leaving workers at TSA, FAA and elsewhere fearing they will miss out. Democrats are working to change that.

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Pay Agent Approves New Locality Pay Area, Calls for Legislative Changes to All Federal Pay

Federal workers Des Moines, Iowa, and Imperial County, California, will be the next in line to receive raises in the form of locality pay, likely beginning in 2021.

Paying Taxes While Receiving Benefits

The answer to a common question about Social Security and Medicare.

Nearly All TSP Portfolios End 2019 in the Black

Every fund in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program gained value last year.

Trump Finalizes Pay Raise for Feds in 2020

The new pay tables are out: Federal employees will see a 2.6% increase in basic pay next year, with an average 0.5% increase in locality pay.

OPM Issues Guidance on Christmas Eve Closure

Most federal workers will receive their usual basic pay.

In Surprise Move, Trump Gives Federal Employees Christmas Eve Off

The move splits from most recent precedent when Christmas fell on a Wednesday.