Pay & Benefits

OPM Director Reaffirms that Essential Feds Will Have Annual Leave Restored Due to COVID-19

Federal employees deemed essential to combatting the pandemic will again be able to carry over unused annual leave that exceeds the typical cap in January.

Biden Signs Wildland Firefighter Pay Reform Into Law as Part of Infrastructure Package

Some federal wildland firefighters could see up to a $20,000 increase in base pay, and their positions will shift to a new “wildland firefighter” occupational series.

OPM to Offer Same-Sex Spouses Another Chance at Survivor Benefits

A new notice this week announced that the federal government’s HR agency is waiving the requirement that a widow or widower be married to a federal worker for nine months to be eligible for survivor benefits in some cases.

Lawmakers Introduce Another Bill to Repeal Controversial Tax Rule Affecting Federal Retirees

Bipartisan legislation would replace a provision that reduces Social Security benefits for federal, state and local agency employees who spent time in the private sector with a new formula that accounts for their time outside of government, and provide rebates for current retirees.

Health, Taxes and Savings

Why high deductible health plans are growing in popularity.

An Alphabetical Health Insurance Option

A choice all federal retirees should at least consider this open season. 

TSP Funds Bounce Back After Rough September

Only one offering in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program ended October in the red.

An End to Surprise Medical Bills

A new law prevents a trip to the emergency from becoming shockingly expensive.

GovExec Daily: The Pay Raise Moves Forward Again

Erich Wagner joins the podcast to discuss pay and benefits news.

Senators Urge TSP to Include Diverse Managers in Mutual Fund Window

Group of Democratic lawmakers cites multiple studies that found that women- and minority-run asset managers were more likely to outperform financial markets.

House Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Overhaul Federal Firefighter Pay, Benefits

Under a new bipartisan bill, federal wildland firefighters would make at least $20 per hour.