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The C Fund at 35: Trust the Long-Term Data When Investing in the TSP

For people invested in the federal government’s 401(k) style retirement plan, guest columnist Lee Radcliffe says long-term data from U.S. market history provides valuable lessons.

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The President’s Pay Agent Has Approved Four New Locality Pay Areas

The annual report from the leaders of OMB, OPM and the Labor Department also authorized a number of tweaks to the criteria that govern which regions are eligible to be added to the map of locality pay areas.

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Hitting the Road to Retirement

The path from filing your paperwork to getting your full benefits can be long and winding. 

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OPM Will Suspend Long Term Care Insurance Applications as a Sizeable Premium Increase Looms

The deadline to apply for the program before a two-year suspension is Dec. 19, but officials want applicants to go in with “eyes wide open” that rates will likely increase substantially.

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Open Questions About Open Season

Sorting out options for federal health insurance and Medicare can be tricky.

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Thrift Savings Plan Funds Up for a Second Straight Month

Every fund in the federal government’s 401(k) style retirement plan saw gains in November, but most still remain in the negative for the year.

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Here’s What Still Needs to Happen for Feds to Get Their 2023 Pay Raise

Although there’s only a month left in the year, there are still a number of things that must be done to finalize an average 4.6% pay hike for civilian federal workers in January.

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Low Pay Remains the Largest Barrier to Federal Wildland Firefighter Recruitment, GAO Says

Although the Biden administration has taken multiple steps to boost compensation for federal firefighters, the government watchdog agency reports those measures are both not enough to compete with state and local governments and only temporary.

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First Responder Retirement Bill Gets a Unanimous Senate Vote

The legislation allows first responders with disabilities to continue receiving federal retirement benefits in the same manner as though they had not been disabled.

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An Open Season Checklist for Federal Annuitants

For starters, make sure you check if your premium is increasing, so you’re not caught off guard next year.

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A Proposed OPM Rule Would Align Congressional Retirement Dates and Contributions With Those of Feds

Laws passed in 2012 and 2013 changed retirement benefits and contributions for members of Congress and their staff.

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Health Insurance Options for Veterans

There are lots of choices, especially for those who have joined the civilian federal workforce.

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Everything You Need to Know For Open Season 2022

All our Open Season coverage in one place to help you make the best decision this season.

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A Federal Employee Group is Again Urging OPM to Ban All Use of Salary History in the Federal Hiring Process

An organization focused on improving gender equity at the Justice Department warned that anything short of completely banning federal agencies from considering job applicants’ salary histories could continue to perpetuate historic pay gaps in government.

Pay & Benefits

An Open Season Checklist for Federal Employees

With the largest premium increase in the last 10 years, federal employees should consider whether their existing health insurance plan is still the best fit.

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