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Report: $2T COVID-19 relief law will help feds at work, and at home

The latest emergency coronavirus measure—promising $2 trillion added federal spending and direct injection of dollars into the economy—offers specific help and workplace safeguards targeted directly at federal employees and retirees. The bill passed Friday and was sent to President Trump for a promised signature.

A report—published on FederalNewsNetwork—analyzes and describes the wide range of provisions for feds found in the legislation. The report describes a number of big-ticket items, everything from an additional $275 million for the General Services Administration to do more “deep cleaning” of federal facilities to cut the spread of COVID-19, to $20 billion extra for the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide more telehealth and regular medical services.

Billions more is on its way to agencies experiencing added burdens through the crisis—such as the IRS and the Social Security Administration, among others—as well as money for priority improvements and changes governmentwide, for example IT capacity expansion at many agencies.

Perhaps most important—and the biggest item—will be disbursing hundreds of billions of dollars from the Treasury, for each fed to get a stimulus check of up to $1200, the same as  just about everyone else in the country. 

Reader comments

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

To the person who asks if there will be "an ADDITIONAL $1200" for federal employees? Answer is NO. Same amount as other people, depending on income. Same. That's my read

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Federal employees are getting an ADDITIONAL $1200? Not understanding here.

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

What if you recently retired and your annual income, including social security is now $55,410.96? How will the government know that?

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