The Office of Personnel Management last month reduced its retirement claims backlog.
This week, as another installment in our annual series of interviews with leaders at top federal employee organizations, FEND’s Nathan Abse speaks with American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox. Cox looks back at his union’s priorities from last year—and offers his organizations top priorities for 2017. As with his allies in other federal unions, Cox notes that federal employees and leaders perhaps face a moment of greater uncertainty than other presidential transitions in modern times.
Question: I am a FERS employee with plans to retire on January 7, 2017. At that point I will be 66 and have 30 years and nine months of service and 2,097 hours of sick leave. I am wondering if I should wait to take advantage of the COLA for 2017, or if I should retire when planned.
With a Republican president in office, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says he can now focus on making meaningful changes to the federal workforce, starting with eliminating defined-benefit pensions for new federal employees and making it easier to fire employees accused of sexual misconduct.
There are several tax law changes that will affect individuals as they shortly start preparing their 2016 federal income tax returns. This week’s column discusses there changes, which include an increase in the penalty for late filers, a delay in the issuance of tax refunds for certain filers, and a new deadline for electronically filing the FBAR form.
The federal government is hoping that a new website launched last week will help boost its cybersecurity workforce.
The Air Force on Jan. 9, announced new policies that loosen restrictions on recruits regarding tattoos and medical screenings that include marijuana use.
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