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Two new locality pay cities added by Federal Salary Council

The federal council overseeing general schedule locality pay at the Office of Personnel Management recommended adding two new locality pay areas and changing the rules under which localities are eligible for higher locality pay.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of Nov. 14, 2018.

VA pushes back on employee rights, union complains

Federal employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs face a new wave of anti-union action from the top levels of the executive branch, the leading union involved has charged.

Expert: Stricter opioid prescription controls—with flexibility where needed—are key to slowing epidemic

This week, Nathan Abse discusses the general public health effort to fight the opioid epidemic by reducing prescriptions—as well as the OWCP microsite’s specific recommendations on prescription opioids for injured federal employees—with opioid crisis expert Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy and Medicine, University at Buffalo.

Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: If I quit on Friday, December 29, would I get three hours of accrued annual leave for pay period 26, since I'm effectively working only half of pay period 26? Or do I need to work the full pay period 26 in order to accrue the full six hours annual leave?

Federal Employees: It’s time to Show You Care on International Volunteer Day—Dec. 5th!

Most federal employees know you can make a donation to your favorite causes through the CFC, but what you may not know is that you can also make a pledge to volunteer with your favorite charities through the program.

Nominations for 2019 Federal 100 awards open

The nominations for the 2019 Federal 100 awards are now open. So please help the most exceptional women and men in our community get the recognition they deserve!

An expert look into opioids and federal employees

Nathan Abse examines tough words for the management of federal employee health insurance, and other plans, being slow to weigh in on reducing opioid prescriptions.

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It’s time to 'Show You Care' on International Volunteer Day—Dec. 5th!

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is upon us! The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) is in full swing and celebrating its 57th year in action.

Unions file lawsuit over VA’s ‘official time’ policy

Three federal employee unions on Nov. 14 filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs over its decision to end official time for medical professionals.

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Federal Salary Council recommends locality pay for two cities

The council overseeing general schedule locality pay at the Office of Personnel Management recommended adding two new locality pay areas and changing the rules under which localities are eligible for higher locality pay.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of Nov. 8, 2018.

Fed employee unions celebrate election results

Most federal unions have made no secret of their anger at the increasing disdain they have felt in recent years from leading quarters of the Republican Party—a sense that has grown much more pointed under the present White House.

VA aims to help military spouses find jobs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced that it has joined a career program that connects military spouses to nearly 400 different employers.

Too Much, Too Little, Or Just Right: Why You Should Right-Size Your Life Insurance Policy

Federal employees are an important part of the fabric that holds this nation together. While your occupation and benefits may differ from the average American, you have the same need to protect your loved ones from the possibility of your premature death. Understanding how to protect your family in the most effective and efficient way is extremely important.

Few agency scores improve in FEVS

Two of the three major metrics for the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey improved over last year, but fewer agency-level scores improved than in recent years, particularly across the civilian side.

Mid-term elections: Expert sees positives for feds in new, split Congress

The mid-term congressional elections completed on Nov. 6 have resulted in many close races, but there’s a clear change of party majority and leadership in the House of Representatives, leaving Congress with split party rule. While many experts note that the new Democratic House will not only likely curb the power of the current Republican White House, they also say that, with each party pushing highly polarized political agendas and showing little sign of compromise, the latest election may simply worsen the gridlock on Capitol Hill.

Employees with College-Bound Children in 2019 Should File Financial Aid Forms Now

For those employees who have children either returning to college or who will be first entering college in 2019, now is the time to apply for financial aid. This week’s column discusses the two financial aid application forms, the FAFSA and the CSS Profile, and the type of information that parents must provide on these financial aid applications.

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