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Quiz: What Happens to Your Pay and Benefits During a Shutdown?

December 17, 2018 Lawmakers have until Friday to figure out funding for federal agencies that have yet to receive full-year appropriations, or there will be a partial government shutdown. The shutdown would affect roughly 850,000 federal employees working at unfunded agencies, and about 345,000 of them would be furloughed, according to a Government...

Here's What You Need to Know About Wednesday's Government Closure

December 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management on Sunday released guidance with more details on the federal government's closure Wednesday honoring President George H.W. Bush. All federal employees except "those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense, or other essential...

Here's What You Need to Know About Wednesday's Government Closure

December 3, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management on Sunday released guidance with more details on the federal government's closure Wednesday honoring President George H.W. Bush. All federal employees except "those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense, or other essential...

Federal Agencies to Close Wednesday to Honor President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018 Federal agencies will be closed on Wednesday to mark the passing of President George H.W. Bush. President Trump announced the closures in an executive order on Saturday out of respect for the 41st president, who died on Friday at the age of 94. Bush will lie in state in the...

Federal Employees Have a Good Chance of Getting Christmas Eve Off This Year

November 29, 2018 Federal employees who need time for last-minute holiday preparations may be in luck this year because Christmas Eve is on a Monday. Presidents historically have granted civil servants an extra vacation day on December 24 when Christmas falls on a Tuesday, to make a four-day weekend. President Obama gave federal...

D.C.-Area Agencies Open With Unscheduled Leave, Telework

November 15, 2018 It's not even December yet, and federal employees in the Washington, D.C. area have received their first notice of a winter weather operating status change from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM announced early Thursday that agencies would remain open, with the option for employees to take unscheduled leave or...

Key Races for Federal Employees to Watch: The Results

November 6, 2018 Federal employees have a lot on the line in the midterm elections, most significantly who will control the 116th Congress and chair the oversight of the executive branch. Earlier this month we looked at 10 key races that could determine who is leading the legislative branch's watchdog efforts of the...

The Most Fed-Friendly Lawmakers, the Status of the Retirement Claims Backlog and More

October 10, 2018 The midterm elections are coming up in about a month, and while many factors likely will influence public servants’ voting decisions, they may be interested to know more about candidates’ stances on federal pay and benefits. A federal employee advocacy group has put together a scorecard analyzing the voting records...

Federal Travelers Will Be Reimbursed Slightly More for Hotels and Meals Starting Oct. 1

August 14, 2018 Federal travelers will receive a very slight increase in the amount they are reimbursed for their hotels and meals in fiscal 2019, the General Services Administration announced Tuesday. Starting on Oct. 1, the standard per diem rates for federal employees on business trips will be $94 for lodging, up from...

President Trump Again Threatens a Shutdown Over Border Security Issues

July 29, 2018 President Trump on Sunday again threatened to shut down the federal government if Congress does not meet his demands on border security, including funding for the wall along the Southwest border. Trump made a similar threat in late April during a rally in Michigan, but he appeared to add several...