Pay & Benefits

OPM Issues Guidance on Law Allowing Feds to Temporarily Carry Over More Annual Leave

The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act allows all federal employees to carry over an additional 25% of unused leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TSP Portfolios End 2020 on a High Note

Each of the funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program posted gains last month.

Senate Joins House in Overriding Trump’s Veto of Defense Bill

Congress’ rejection of the veto—the first in Trump’s presidency—comes during his final days in office.

No New Locality Pay Areas in 2022

The president’s pay agent declined to authorize a number of recommended changes to existing locality pay areas, overruling a federal advisory board.

Spending Agreement Would Allow 1% Pay Raise, Fails to Ban Schedule F

Provision in the fiscal 2021 omnibus appropriations bill would give feds until the end of next year to repay payroll taxes deferred by the Trump administration from September through December.

A Good Time for Some Long Term Thinking

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a sobering reminder of the potential need for long-term care.

Inauguration a Holiday for D.C.-Area Feds, Even Those Teleworking Due to COVID-19

The quadrennial bonus day off will still apply to capital region feds in 2021 even though many are not commuting to the office.

A Guide to Pay and Benefits During a Shutdown

Although lawmakers ultimately expect to reach a deal on federal appropriations, failure to pass a bill before Friday’s deadline could lead to a short lapse in funding. Here's what feds need to know.

Looking for a Medicare Advantage

There’s a new type of FEHBP plan worth considering this open season.

Feds Are Likely to Get a Half-Day Off on Christmas Eve This Year

President Obama gave civil servants an extra half-day off on Dec. 24 the last two times Christmas fell on a Friday. 

House Overwhelmingly Passes Defense Bill With Leave Benefits, Setting Up Confrontation with Trump

Although the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, the president has threatened to veto the must-pass bill over unrelated matters.

The Federal Gender Pay Gap Is Shrinking, But the Remaining Disparity May Be the Hardest to Eliminate

Although the gap between men and women at federal agencies has fallen from 19 cents on the dollar in 1999 to 7 cents in 2017, the vast majority of the remaining salary discrepancy is “unexplained,” watchdog finds.

Feds Gain Early Win in Fight for Payout From 2018 Shutdown

At least 32,000 federal employees could be in line for a four-figure payday, though 25,000 are still awaiting damages awarded to them after 2013 shutdown.

White House Now Supports 2021 Pay Freeze, but Only for Civilians

The announcement marks a reversal for the Trump administration, which previously proposed a 1% across-the-board pay increase for all federal employees.