Pay & Benefits

TSP Officials Report Continuous Service Despite Coronavirus, Market Volatility

Officials at the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program said although the agency saw a record number of inter-fund transfers, most participants are sticking with their investment plan.

Social Security Closes All Local Offices Amid Coronavirus Threat

Although officials said the agency is working to expand telework as much as possible, union leaders disputed that, describing “Kafkaesque” inaction.

Federal Judge Dismisses Shutdown Lawsuit

A federal employee union had argued that forcing federal employees to work without pay during a lapse in appropriations constitutes a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, but a judge on Monday ruled that with the government open, the case is now moot.

OPM Urges FEHBP Insurers to Reduce Costs for Coronavirus Treatment

Amid questions from lawmakers, the federal government’s HR agency confirmed that it is pushing to minimize costs for federal employees who require treatment for COVID-19.

GovExec Daily: FLRA Wants to Make it Easier For Feds to Cancel Union Dues

Erich Wagner joins the podcast to talk about the future of unions in the federal government in light of the board's proposed change.

Retirement Considerations for Women

Women are more likely to experience a savings shortfall.

GovExec Daily: How the Coronavirus Scare is Changing How Feds Work

Nextgov's Heather Kuldell and GovExec's Eric Katz join the podcast to talk about agencies' plans for the workforce as the COVID-19 epidemic grows.

OPM Dismisses Union Concerns About Paid Parental Leave Implementation

Agency Director Dale Cabaniss argued that legislative proposals listed as part of OPM's fiscal 2021 budget justification merely sought "clarification" from Congress, and were not intended to set limitations on the new benefit.

Panel Pushes Measure to Allow VA Docs and Nurses to Negotiate Pay, Scheduling

The Veterans Affairs Department opposes the legislation, saying it would harm delivery of care to veterans.

OPM and Defense Dept. Issue Guidelines for Civilian Employees on Coronavirus

New memos spell out expanded telework flexibilities, leave policies, alternative work schedules and more.

House Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Protect Telework at Federal Agencies Amid Coronavirus Fears

The measure would prohibit agencies from making across-the-board cuts to telework programs, and require annual goals for participation in such programs.

FDIC to Offer Separation Incentives to One-Fifth of Its Workforce

Agency says effort is not a cost-cutting move, though it is also closing field offices.

Protect Yourself, Your Money and Your Benefits From Scammers

There are things you should know about securing your retirement benefits and savings, Medicare and Social Security benefits.

House Passes Bill Granting TSA Employees Full Workers Rights

The Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act would bring the Transportation Security Administration workforce under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, granting them access to the General Schedule pay system and a slew of other rights and protections.