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Pay and Benefits News

Fired, furloughed or locked out - what are the odds?

In some states, they used to let condemned prisoners choose their method of execution. That has mostly gone out of style. But here in Washington, politicians still give about-to-be-kicked federal workers some different options, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Such as furloughed, fired or locked out.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

What's your state of residence?

Tax attorneys David DeJong and Eric Rollinger discuss how different state taxes affect your federal benefits.
August 26, 2013

Monday - 08/26/2013, 07:48pm EDT
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Private lobbyists get public pensions in 20 states

Private lobbying groups for cities, counties get public pensions in at least 20 states

Monday - 08/26/2013, 04:48pm EDT

Coffers nearly dry, FEEA says most furlough loans could end next week

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund says it won't be able to help out most furloughed federal employees beyond the end of the week because donations haven't kept up with the crush of applications from employees facing the forced time off.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 01:41pm EDT
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Feds get 'fired up,' donate millions of pounds of food

Doug Keeler, national program manager of Feds Feed Families, says he's not surprised federal employees continue to donate food, even with sequestration and furloughs. Since 2009, the campaign has collected more than 15 million pounds of food, and it's striving for a goal of 25 million by Aug. 28.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 10:37am EDT
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How long does it take to crush a federal employee?

The federal workforce has been used as a political football for decades. But the fed-bashing has risen to unprecedented levels in recent years. While that kind of rhetoric may be useful in politics, it is destructive for governance and the people who make up our government, according to Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security and founder of the blog, ChiefHRO.com.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 03:07am EDT

Court limits rights of feds in sensitive security positions

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 7-3 Tuesday that the Merit Systems Protection Board cannot review dismissals and demotions of government employees who hold sensitive national security positions.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 02:40am EDT

Punching bag hits back

For the past several years, politicians aided and abetted by the media and some think tanks have turned federal workers into punching bags, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Many feds are fed up. And some are working on ways to fight back.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 02:00am EDT

New health plan options & reduced retirement benefits

NARFE's David Snell will talk about a health care option for feds without children and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times will give us an update on 2014 budget negotiations and other issues affecting federal employees.
August 21, 2013

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 06:50pm EDT
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Coming Up: Your 'my Social Security'

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security questions.
August 19, 2013

Monday - 08/19/2013, 10:44pm EDT
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Abortion coverage for Congress under health law?

Lawmakers, staff may gain access to abortion coverage under health law, while other feds won't

Saturday - 08/17/2013, 10:24pm EDT

OPM asking feds' opinions of their health, wellness benefits

OPM has kicked off its bi-annual Federal Employee Benefits Survey in an effort to measure the importance, adequacy and value of employee benefits to ensure that available assistance aligns with best practices and employee needs.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 03:09pm EDT

More (or less) with less, the new normal?

Politicians keep pushing key federal agencies the ones that most touch the public to do more with less. But there are times when it appears politicians don't care if feds do less with less, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 08/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

What's ahead for senior executives?

Senior Executives Association president Carol Bonosaro will discuss a new survey where government execs were asked their opinions on a wide variey of issues.
August 14, 2013

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 08:03pm EDT
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OPM updates relocation, retention and recruitment regs

The final rule issued in Wednesday's Federal Register requires agencies to recertify recruitment incentives annually. Relocation and retention rules affecting federal employees have also been updated.

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 03:57pm EDT

Estate planning and the impact of the DOMA ruling

Marc Levine, a principal at Handler and Levine, LLC, discusses the Defense of Marriage Act law and its influence on estate planning and income tax planning going forward.
August 12, 2013

Monday - 08/12/2013, 10:01pm EDT
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Is your health plan on the sick list?

Is your federal health plan heading for the sick list? Could premiums go up and benefits be reduced in the future? That is very possible now that members of Congress and their law-writing staff members will be moving out of the cradle-to-grave FEHBP into state exchanges next year.

Monday - 08/12/2013, 02:25am EDT

Press Roundtable: Inside perspectives, analysis, and predictions

Debra Roth hosts a press roundtable on the big issues affecting federal workers.
August 9, 2013

Saturday - 08/10/2013, 12:31am EDT
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Same-sex spouses may get military benefits

Pentagon plan would grant benefits to same-sex spouses but deny them to unmarried gay couples

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 04:18pm EDT

What's ahead for feds and retirees?

NARFE legislative director Jessica Klement and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times will discuss several bills pending in Congress that would affect federal workers and retirees.
August 7, 2013

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 09:58pm EDT
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