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3:40 am, December 22, 2014

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Obama makes 2015 federal pay raise official

Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and members of the military, among other feds, will get a 1 percent pay raise in January. Late Friday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for the increases.

Saturday - 12/20/2014, 03:00pm EST

Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him, he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases one in the federal sector and one in the private.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:24am EST
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Reaction to President Obama's meeting with the SES

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, will give her thoughts on President Barack Obama's speech to members of the Senior Executives Service.
December 17, 2014

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 07:13pm EST

Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Budget pressure is pushing the "pay for results" concept to a tipping point. That's what Steve Kelman sees, at least. He's professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the pay for results idea has been growing for a while, but now it's taking off.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:54pm EST
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Congress OKs Border Patrol overtime pay reform bill

The goal of S. 1691, or the 2014 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, is to address and streamline Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO), the extra pay agents receive when their work demands they remain on the job beyond scheduled hours.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:07pm EST

Norton's proposed bill rewards contractors for fair labor practices

When Congress resumes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is set to introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors based on their labor practices. Norton's is the latest in a series of bills and orders designed to improve working conditions for federal contracting employees.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 05:04pm EDT

Is there life after a 1.7 percent COLA?

Don't worry. That mournful sound you're hearing is just federal, military and Social Security retirees reacting to the low cost of living adjustment they'll be receiving come January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Federal retirees to receive 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015

This is the third year in a row that cost-of-living adjustments for federal retirees, Social Security recipients and disabled veterans will be less than 2 percent.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 08:01am EDT

GOP to agencies: Why do you pay employees not to work?

Congressional Republicans probe for answers following a GAO report that the government spent nearly $3.1 billion in paid administrative leave over a recent 3-year period. While most employees took such leave for a week or less, 263 spent a year or longer on paid administrative leave.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:12pm EDT

Lack of movement on new locality pay locations frustrates feds, unions

The Federal Salary Council voted Friday to add 13 cities to a list of municipalities where federal employees are paid more, in an effort to close a growing wage gap between feds and private-sector counterparts in certain regions of the country. 12 of the 13 recommendations had been approved previously but have gone unimplemented by the President's Pay Agent, frustrating federal employees and the unions representing feds in those areas.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Labor: Minimum wage increase for federal contract workers

The Department of Labor released its final rule for a minimum wage hike for federal contracting employees by 2015.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:55pm EDT

NARFE finds votes impacting feds, retirees 'more polarized than ever'

Vermont and Rhode Island lawmakers were among those in Congress who consistently voted in favor of federal workers and retirees, according to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association's latest scorecard.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 10:34am EDT

Pay, pensions, premiums. Going up!

Pay, pensions and health insurance premiums are all going up in the next several months. But definitely not at the same rate, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. White collar workers know what their January 2015 raise will be. But the cost of living adjustment for retirees is still to be decided, and new (and in some cases higher) health premiums will be unveiled in October.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Tax tips

Tom O'Rourke, partner at Miles and Stockbridge, answers your income tax questions.
September 15, 2014

Monday - 09/15/2014, 05:09pm EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

A 1 percent pay raise is in the works for federal employees and military members. But are people happy about it? The answer is yes and no, depending on who you ask. We asked, and you answered at Federal News Radio.com. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:18am EDT
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For a (very) few dollars more

Although feds received a 1 percent pay raise last January and can expect a repeat come 2015, they may still be feeling the effects of the Great Recession, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 02:00am EDT

Treading water in the pay pool

Federal employees are in the same boat as many private sector workers when it comes to cost-of-living pay increases. But, at least, feds can look forward to a likely 1 percent pay bump next January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

GAO to OPM: Hurry up and overhaul the GS System

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says the Office of Personnel Management needs to be more aggressive in updating the 55-year-old General Schedule, the system that governs pay for most white-collar federal jobs.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:46pm EDT
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Obama calls for 1 percent pay increase for feds starting Jan. 1

President Barack Obama called for a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees Friday to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Congress still has the ability to block the increase when members return to work Sept. 8.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:13pm EDT

Jonathan Bell, Federal Employment Attorney

The government is on the hook for violating its own labor laws. A federal judge ruled this week that the government failed to provide on-time pay to federal employees who worked during last year's 16-day shutdown. Federal Employment Attorney Jonathan Bell joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the complaint.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:01pm EDT
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