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More Questions, More Answers

Another round of questions from readers about a range of retirement issues.

Consumer-Driven Care

The upcoming open season for federal benefits will feature more high-deductible health plan options. Are they right for you?

Panelists suggest reducing reliance on political appointees

Replacing appointees with career employees would improve continuity and help address leadership and workforce challenges, officials say.

Credentials could ease hiring for IT security jobs

Agencies should follow the Defense Department’s model for IT employee certifications, representatives of professional organizations say.

Wildfires strain federal operations in Southern California

A shortage of personnel and a lack of information are hurdles to delivering assistance to federal employees and other affected Californians. Click here to view wildfire response photo gallery

Rigid pay systems listed among top workforce challenges

Panelists cite pay for performance and solid leadership as key to offsetting a potential talent drain over the next decade.

State Department urged to improve evacuation training

Exercises involving officers posted overseas should take place more often and be more realistic, GAO says.

Questions and Answers

A look at some common queries about federal retirement planning.