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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.

  • BOP extends private prison contract

    The Bureau of Prisons last month exercised a two-year renewal option for a privately owned prison in McRae, Ga., in spite of an earlier Justice Department announcement that agency would begin phasing out its use of private prison facilities.

  • Informed Investor: Dec. 31 is MRD deadline for inherited IRA asset owners - Part I

    Some employees may have inherited traditional or Roth IRAs from deceased relatives. In the first of two columns discussing minimum required distribution (MRD) rules for IRA beneficiaries, this column presents the MRD rules for nonspousal beneficiaries such as children, as well as MRD deadlines, the “five-year” rule, and how the MRD is calculated.

  • 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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