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Higher travel per diem rates take effect Oct. 1

The General Services Administration has increased the per diem rates for fiscal year 2018, which will go into effect Oct. 1.

OPM calls for annual pay rate review

The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to review the special higher rates of pay they use to ensure sufficient recruitment and retention of certain General Schedule employees in specific occupations, grades and locations.

Senate passes VA health funding, employment bill

The Senate this week has passed a bill aimed at boosting employment and funding health care at Veterans Affairs.

Republicans urge against cuts to feds' retirement benefits in letter

A group of Republicans has written a letter to House leadership expressing concern over proposed cuts to federal employee retirement programs.

WH issues objections to defense spending bill provisions

The White House on July 12 issued a statement that lists all of the objections the administration has to provisions in the fiscal 2018 defense spending bill, including the prohibition on conducting additional base realignment and closures.

No language about pay raise in panel spending bill

The version of a House subcommittee 2018 appropriations bill does not include language contesting a 1.9 percent pay raise proposed by the Trump Administration earlier this year.

Security clearance salaries largely unchanged since 2014

The security clearance workforce has seen very little change in salary over the last three years, according to a compensation survey by Clearancejobs.com.

House Republicans write letter in support of protecting fed pay, pensions

A group of nine Republicans has written a letter to House leadership announcing that they will not support cuts to the government’s retirement system that are included in the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal.

Lawmakers reintroduce parental leave legislation

Banking on having an ally under the new administration, two lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would give paid parental leave to federal employees.

Lawmaker proposes higher pay raise for feds

A Virginia lawmaker has introduced legislation that would give feds a 3.2 percent pay raise in 2018, compared with the 2.1 percent raise for 2017.

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