Benefits

Advocates: Congress 'Very Close' to Passing Paid Family Leave for Feds

Union officials and members are hopeful a Defense policy bill provision providing 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child and other medical issues will make it into law.

Federal Retirees Will Get 1.6% COLA in 2020

Although less than last year, a consumer price index increase of less than 2% means the vast majority of former federal workers will see the same increase to their defined benefit pensions.

Feds Will Pay 5.6% More Toward Health Care Premiums Next Year

OPM adds two nationwide options under a new type of health insurance plan.

How to Recruit the Next Generation of Feds: Better Pay, Benefits

Young people are increasingly looking for work-life balance measures like paid family leave and telework, stakeholders and experts said Wednesday.

Most TSP Funds Take a Tumble in August

Only two of the Thrift Savings Plan’s portfolios ended last month in the black.

Patent and Trademark Office Examiners Receive Monetary Awards With Insufficient Oversight

Some staff are allowed to make manual changes to their hours worked, while part-time patent examiners’ schedules are often not up to date in the awards calculation system.

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TSP Posts Modest Gains in July, Although International Stocks Fall

Most funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program saw only slight increases last month.

Lawmakers, Agencies Look to Fix Leave Reform That Was Never Implemented

A measure intended to cap a specific use of paid time off may finally go into effect.

New Guidance Helps Agencies Assess the Value of Work-Life Balance Programs

The federal government is looking to quantify the costs and benefits of programs such as telework. 

Salary Council Recommends Locality Pay Area Changes

The advisory body found that federal workers earn on average 31% less than their counterparts outside government, but the methodology is highly disputed.

House Passes Defense Policy Bill with Provision to Block OPM-GSA Merger

The must-pass legislation also includes amendments granting paid family leave and protecting feds’ health insurance during shutdowns.