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New tax rules facing individuals as they prepare 2018 tax returns

Many employees are busy preparing their 2018 Federal income tax returns. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) has resulted in significant changes in the tax code, and the 2018 returns are the first returns to be affected by TCJA’s passage. This week’s column discusses the major changes brought about by TCJA’s passage affecting 2018 Federal income tax returns.

Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: I am an Army certified chief warrant officer with Tricare Prime, currently living domestically. I have interviewed for two GS positions overseas and wondered what health care and dental options we would have upon accepting an overseas job. Especially since military retired members and their families are not eligible for Tricare Overseas.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

The fact that the elite—liberal, conservative, whig, whatever—are different should come as a surprise. Yet, we are constantly surprised when we learn how they do things. Things we like to think we wouldn’t do if we had their money and lifestyles.

GSA leader denies Trump had influence in FBI building plan

The House Appropriations Committee is continuing its investigation into the Trump administration’s decision to end efforts to move the FBI headquarters out of Washington, D.C., and into to the suburbs.

Paid family leave: Bill fuels fed employee hopes—and experts see wide-ranging benefits

This week, Nathan Abse interviews Jeffrey Wenger, a labor economist and senior policy researcher with RAND—and an expert on non-wage benefits—on this important potential perk for feds.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of March 13, 2019.

Pay freeze proposal upsets unions

The White House on March 10 released its FY 2020 federal budget proposal— including an unwelcome item for feds: a proposal, once again, to freeze federal pay.

New 2020 budget calls for eliminating pensions for some new feds

A senior administration official has confirmed that the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget request would establish a new retirement program for some federal workers that would bring federal benefits more aligned with the private sector, which often does not offer pensions to employees.

More than 1,000 TSA employees still have not received full shutdown back pay

Federal employees are now in their third pay period since the end of partial government shutdown, yet more than 1,000 Transportation Security Administration workers still have not received their full back pay, and a group of democratic lawmakers want answers.

Paid family leave: Expert discusses the potential perk for feds

Jeffrey Wenger, a labor economist and senior policy researcher with RAND—and an expert on non-wage benefits—discusses the potential perk of paid family leave feds.

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Rep. Quigley: GSA leader misled lawmakers in FBI headquarter testimony

The House Appropriations Committee is continuing its investigation into the Trump administration’s decision to end efforts to move the FBI headquarters out of Washington, D.C., and into to the suburbs.

DOD approves new policy for transgender troops

The Department of Defense has approved a new policy that will bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex.

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Deep cuts to federal benefits in latest WH budget

The White House renewed pushes to cut federal retirement benefits and pay, move away from the general schedule and transfer workforce functions away from the government's central personnel agency.

New legislation would rein in on top security clearances

A bill introduced by a Florida lawmaker would revoke the security clearance of any White House employee who received the clearance under false pretenses.

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Unions push back on workforce changes

Much of the legislative wish list for one of the federal government's largest unions consists of fighting against workforce changes proposed in the first two years of the Trump administration.

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Trump announces third leader for OPM

President Trump has announced his intent to fill the top leadership position at the Office of Personnel Management, for a third time in two years.

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Lawmakers pen letter asking status of pay raise

Nine capital-area Democrats want answers from the Trump administration on when a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian feds will start showing up in employee paychecks.

Retroactive pay raise could come by spring

According to a congressional aide with knowledge of the 2019 federal employee pay raise timeline, the Office of Personnel Management will publish new pay tables for the various pay systems and localities in March.

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