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  • OPM puts hold on executive hiring

    The Office of Personnel Management last month imposed a moratorium on Senior Executive Service hiring in order to pass on those hiring decisions to the next administration’s agency heads.

  • NTEU leader: Educating new administration, lawmakers key in 2017

    As part of our annual series of interviews with top officials at major federal employee organizations, this week FEND’s Nathan Abse talks with National Treasury Employees Union National President Anthony Reardon. Reardon reviews progress made over the previous year, and looks forward on the union’s top priorities for 2017. Like other federal unions, the union must push these priorities working through a new period of uncertainty, with a new and untested administration potentially poised to have a great deal of impact on the policy work, workplace environment and pay and benefits of federal government employees.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Dec, 1, 2016.

  • President orders 0.6 percent locality pay hike

    President Obama last week transmitted an “alternative pay plan” to Congress that includes an average 0.6 percent across-the-board increase in locality pay effective Jan. 1.

  • Performance award cap increased

    The administration announced last month announced that has raised the budgetary cap for individual monetary awards for non-Senior Executive Service and non-senior-level employees.

  • Senate advances background check bill

    The Senate last month approved legislation that bars federal contractors and employees who have compromised the integrity of a background investigation from performing future background investigations.

  • Bill boosts death benefit for feds killed on duty

    Three senators last month introduced a bill that would increase the death gratuities and funeral expenses paid to federal employees who are killed in the line of duty.

  • Presidential Rank nominations open

    The Office of Personnel Management asked agencies to nominate candidates for fiscal 2017 Presidential Rank Awards.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: “There is a 50 percent chance that I will retire during 2017. I would still like to have a health flexible spending account for 2017. Because of my spouse's health problems, the $2,500 I put into the FSA is usually spent by mid-year. What happens if I retire before the end of 2017, and have taken out more money from my FSA than I have paid into it?”

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