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Senior Editor Amelia Gruber covered management and contracting for Government Executive for three years before becoming an editor. She also has worked as an editor at Roll Call newspaper and as a research assistant at the Urban Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, with a major in economics, and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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Retirement Claims Backlog Nearly Doubles in January

February 5, 2015 The backlog of federal retirement claims waiting to be processed jumped up in January, as anticipated, according to figures published Thursday by the Office of Personnel Management. The pile of incomplete claims now stands at 22,636, the highest it’s been since last February. That’s almost double the 11,669 pending applications...

Obama's Budget Adds 34K Federal Jobs. Would Any Be At Your Agency?

February 2, 2015 President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request may come as good news to agency hiring managers, many of whom have watched their workforce shrink in recent years. The president’s proposal would add roughly 34,500 full-time civilian jobs governmentwide, an increase of 1.6 percent over 2015 employment levels. The numbers do not...

Petition for an Extra Day Off at Christmas Falls Just Short of Demanding a Response

November 20, 2014 Tens of thousands of federal employees signed an online petition asking President Obama to give civil servants a four-day weekend around the Christmas holiday this year, but ultimately the document fell just short of receiving the 100,000 signatures needed to prompt a White House response. Employees had until Wednesday to...

The Retirement Claims Backlog is Back Where It Was One Year Ago

November 6, 2014 The backlog of federal retirement claims grew by nearly 1,400 in October, reversing steady progress over the summer. But an Office of Personnel Management official emphasized in a statement on the latest numbers that the processing time for applications has improved. The pile of pending claims stood at 14,137 at...

TSP Funds Rebound in October

November 3, 2014 All but one of the funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan gained ground in October, reversing a decline the previous month. The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies, was up the most in October, growing 4.11 percent. It has increased 5.34 percent so far in 2014....

Federal Retirees to Receive a 1.7 Percent COLA for 2015

October 22, 2014 Federal retirees will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015, according to new figures released Wednesday morning. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers went up 0.1 percent in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced. That statistic was the last piece of the puzzle...

Feds Send Obama an Early Christmas Wish: An Extra Day Off

October 21, 2014 Christmas is still more than two months away, but one federal employee is not leaving anything to chance when it comes to time off around the December holidays. A petition published on the White House’s We the People website Monday asks President Obama to grant federal employees an extra holiday...

Which Agencies Log the Most Hours of ‘Official Time’ Spent on Union Business?

October 9, 2014 The amount of time federal employees spent conducting union business on the taxpayers’ dime crept up in fiscal 2012, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Governmentwide use of “official time” increased from 3.39 million hours in fiscal 2011 to 3.43 million hours in fiscal 2012,...

The Federal Jobs Picture Isn't Nearly as Rosy as the Overall Jobs Picture

October 3, 2014 As the overall jobs outlook improved in September, employment at federal agencies remained stagnant. Federal agencies lost roughly 2,000 jobs last month, with the total number of federal workers remaining close to 2.7 million, according to monthly data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. Employment at the financially-strapped...

Retirement Savings Funds Hit a September Slump

October 1, 2014 Funds in the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan ended September mostly in the red, coming off of a much stronger August. The government securities (G) fund was the only TSP offering that posted gains in September, albeit very modest growth of 0.18 percent. The G Fund – one of the...

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