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D.C. federal offices closed Tuesday

Federal offices in D.C. closed today. Emergency and telework-ready employees must follow agency policies.

Tags: operating status , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 04:04am EST

House votes to beef up OPM inspector general funding

The House gave a boost to the Office of Personnel Management inspector general's office Tuesday, voting to provide the agency's auditors with access to new funding to conduct investigations. In a unanimous vote, the House approved the bipartisan OPM IG Act, introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and co-sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass). The Senate approved a nearly identical measure, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), in October.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , background investigations , Patrick McFarland , Blake Farenthold , Stephen Lynch , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 05:49pm EST

Uncle Sam's less-fat, more-muscle plan...

Want to lose weight, pack on muscle and become more tech savvy? Uncle Sam has this magic plan in the works, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. When approved, it will benefit young and old alike.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , retirement , phased retirement ,

Friday - 01/10/2014, 02:00am EST

By the numbers: 2013 federal retirements

The exodus of employees from the federal workforce was a big story this past year: More federal employees retired in 2013 than the year before, providing grist for the mill for predictions of a coming federal retirement wave. Meanwhile, the Office of Personnel Management's efforts to clear a longstanding backlog of new retirement applications faced hurdles because of the steep sequestration budget cuts that hit government. Federal News Radio parsed through the data over the past year. In the series of charts and graphs below, track the latest trends.

Tags: retirement , retirement backlog , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 09:55am EST

Senator sues OPM over health care regulations

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has filed a lawsuit against Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management, seeking to overturn an OPM regulation that allows lawmakers and their staffs to continue receiving government contribution toward their health insurance premiums. Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, lawmakers and their staffs were booted from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), under which the government typically kicks in about three-fourths of the cost of federal employees' premiums, and required to purchase health insurance on the federal exchange.

Tags: Affordable Care Act , Ron Johnson , FEHBP , Jim Sensenbrenner , Congress , Tom Coburn , Katherine Archuleta , benefits , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/06/2014, 02:56pm EST

Federal retirements taper off in December

Fewer federal employees filed for retirement in December than in any month in nearly the last two years, according to updated statistics from the Office of Personnel Management. Just 4,952 federal employees filed for retirement in December. But even with fewer employees retiring in December, OPM's retirement processing failed to keep pace with projections. The agency had expected to process 11,500 retirement cases but actually ended the month clearing a little more than 6,440.

Tags: retirement , retirement backlog , workforce , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/06/2014, 10:51am EST

OPM wants to know who's in charge of agency records management

The Office of Personnel Management is calling on federal managers to help streamline the records management process by identifying which positions do what.

Tags: records management , information sharing , management , workforce , Michael OConnell

Friday - 01/03/2014, 04:30pm EST

OPM: D.C. feds can take unscheduled leave, telework Friday

With snow blanketing the Washington, D.C., area, the Office of Personnel Management has announced federal workers in the region will be able to take unscheduled leave and telework Friday.

Tags: weather , workforce , unscheduled leave

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 09:51pm EST

OPM seeks changes to feds' benefits, insurance opportunities

The Office of Personnel Management recently filed two proposals to change how feds enroll in the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program and to expand the regulations of the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance.

Tags: retirement , benefits , FEGLI , FEHBP , Federal Register , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 01:25pm EST

Will OPM allow flexible-spending rollovers?

Under federal "use it or lose it" rules, any unspent money employees set aside last year to pay for out-of-pocket health costs, such as prescriptions or co-pays, is forfeited at the end of the year. But a group of senators from states surrounding the Washington, D.C., area, wants to change that. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) along with Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) wrote to Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management, requesting the agency implement new regulations that would allow federal employees to roll over as much as $500 in unused funds from year to year.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , FSA , FSAFEDS , Ben Cardin , Barbara Mikulski , Tim Kaine , Mark Warner , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/30/2013, 01:06pm EST
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