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White House confronts silence on fed pay raise

June 28, 2012 The Obama administration on Thursday threatened to veto the House version of the fiscal 2013 Financial Services appropriations bill, noting among other criticisms the measure does not contain a pay raise for federal workers. The House Appropriations Committee last week approved the bill, which was silent on whether to allocate...

Supreme Court health care ruling changes little for feds

June 28, 2012 The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the health care law Thursday has been heralded as political win for President Obama and an interesting case study in constitutional law, but if you’re enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, it won’t change too much. The 5-4 decision upholds the individual...

House Democrat takes up Senior Executive Service reform

June 27, 2012 This story has been updated. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., proposed legislation Wednesday that aims to reform the pay structure and performance management and recruitment of the Senior Executive Service. Moran’s proposal is considered a companion bill to a Senate version that Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, introduced in March. That bill,...

Thrift Savings Plan expects budget to grow as more feds retire

June 25, 2012 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board anticipates managing an additional 4.4 percent in Thrift Savings Plan assets by fiscal 2017 and growing the size of its budget by 25 percent. The board also expects more federal retirees, more options -- such as the new Roth offering -- and more participants...

Student loan deal close -- with or without federal pension hike

June 22, 2012 Senate leadership is inching closer to a compromise on how to pay for a one-year extension of reduced federal student loan interest rates, and a proposal to bump up federal retirement contributions is likely still on the table. According to reports in National Journal and Politico, Senate Republican and Democratic...

Pentagon needs greater authority to issue bonuses, report says

June 21, 2012 A presidentially chartered study released Thursday recommends granting the Defense Department authority to modify incentive pay for more military members. The Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation found that service personnel -- particularly those in critical career fields such as special operations forces, linguists and translators, and remotely piloted vehicle operators...

A Permanent Fix for Temps’ Benefits

June 21, 2012 Forest Service wildfire fighter John Lauer’s online crusade to extend federal health coverage to his colleagues, temporary seasonal employees who have long been ineligible for benefits, quickly went viral last week. Although his approach is somewhat novel, the cause is not. Unions and even lawmakers have long struggled to get...

Deadlines loom for Postal Service retiree health benefit prepayments

June 19, 2012 With lawmakers deadlocked over how best to enact comprehensive U.S. Postal Service reform, the agency is in danger of missing its two retiree health benefit prefunding payments due this year, risking default. A 2006 law requires USPS to pay $5.5 billion annually to prefund retiree health care benefits. Its fiscal...

Federal wildfire fighters seek health benefits

June 18, 2012 An online petition asking the Obama administration to extend federal health coverage to seasonal firefighters has garnered more than 100,000 signatures in the past week. John Lauer, a wildfire fighter with the Forest Service for the past six years, started the online petition several weeks ago. While Lauer was fighting...

USPS offers part-time work to retired postmasters

June 15, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service is encouraging retirement-eligible postmasters to apply for part-time work at reduced-hours post offices, the agency announced Friday. Postmasters who are eligible for retirement -- including those who meet the requirements under USPS’ current voluntary early retirement program -- can apply to become postmaster relief employees and...

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