Pay & Benefits

Senator Tries to Ensure That at Least 14,000 Feds Have Their Pay Frozen Next Year

Republican introduces an appropriations bill amendment to hold pay level at one department, after failing to secure a governmentwide freeze as part of a separate spending measure.

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Defense Announces Contract to Replace Cumbersome Travel Booking System

The government will spend $9 million to replace the aging travel booking process.

Postal Service to Ask Justice Dept. to Intervene in Fight to Ban Employees From Taking Time Off to Campaign

USPS will challenge in federal court an arbitrator's decision in favor of unions.


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Cautionary Tales from Past Attempts at Pay-for-Performance

Merit board warns of pitfalls in changing compensation structures.

USPS Must Rescind Its Ban on Employees Taking Leave to Campaign for Union-Backed Candidates

Republican senator, watchdog agency had argued USPS demonstrated bias in allowing the campaigning.

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The Most-Asked Federal Retirement Question

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One Quarter of Suspended Feds Have Been Suspended Before

Official data show serious discipline for feds is rare, but secret settlements obscure true figures.

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Federal Travelers Will Be Reimbursed Slightly More for Hotels and Meals Starting Oct. 1

Marietta, Georgia, qualifies for a higher rate in 2019, while 21 locations will fall back to standard rates that apply in the rest of the continental United States.

Feds Don’t Think a 1.9 Percent Pay Raise Would Be Enough to Attract Talent

Although uncertainty surrounds whether workers will receive a raise next year, "It’s better than nothing," one employee quipped in response to a poll.

How Big a Deal Are the Governmentwide Hiring Reforms That Trump Just Signed Into Law?

Workforce observers praise the reforms, but caution they’re not a "panacea."

As D.C. Feds Face Nightmare Commute, OPM Urges Telework and Other 'Flexibilities'

Transit officials have urged customers to use Metro only if they “have no other option.”

Economic Research Service employee Dina Li is shown volunteering at a farm in Clinton, Md., in this 2015 photo.

Hundreds of USDA Employees Face a Decision to Relocate or Take a Buyout

Skeptics question whether relocations are an attempt to undermine science.