Rate hike the highest since 2005; union official calls it discouraging.
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Panel witnesses and lawmakers dispute agency’s claim that extending such benefits could lead to insurance fraud.
Figure matches the hike authorized by the House for military members.
Move follows agency's decision last month to offer early retirement to up to 130,000 clerks, mail handlers and supervisors.
Defense, VA make the most of hiring incentives to fill certain jobs and help bridge gap between federal and private sector pay.
Top State Department official calls shortage of public diplomacy officers “grim” in testimony before Senate panel.
Management specialists applaud what appears to be a continued focus on program performance and results.
A new take on an age-old debate about which retirement system is better.
Staff increase will help agency fill oversight and inspection gaps.
McCain, Obama should name potential Homeland Security appointees before the November election, say witnesses at a congressional hearing.