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Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: My wife started a new job. Taking in consideration my present premiums, co-pays, my high cost medication, etc. Her plan is about $400 cheaper. How long does she have (should I die) before she needs to sign up on my health insurance in order to carry it into retirement?

Employees Should Amend 2016 Returns Immediately After April 18th to Fix Incorrect Returns

This week’s column discusses how to file an amended tax return. Shortly after an individual has submitted his or her income tax return, the individual receives tax information showing income received in the previous year but not reported on the current year return. The column presents some guidance and recommendations on preparing and submitting an amended tax return.

White House announces end to hiring freeze; morale damage, questions remain

On April 12, the Office of Management and Budget lifted the administration’s freeze, while at the same time outlining specific actions agencies are directed to take to cut or, in some cases, end “outdated” and “ineffective” programs.

PPS report: Fed workplace engagement improves slightly—but cuts threaten progress, and gap with private sector remains

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows that, overall, the federal workplace in recent times has continued a multi-year trend of showing incremental improvements in employee engagement. That’s the good news.

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices as of April 12, 2017.

Political secrets

Confession time: My first job in journalism was as a leg man. I just mentioned it in hopes you will take a minute or so to read on in hopes I will reveal what a leg man does for a big city newspaper. Spoiler alert: I will tell all.

Union opposes IRS use of private collectors

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that beginning this month some delinquent taxpayers will begin receiving communications from private collection agencies, and the union representing IRS employees condemns the move.

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices as of April 5, 2017.

With Tax Filing Deadline One Week Away, Last Minute Filers Should Consider Filing an Extension

Those employees who are unable to complete preparation of their 2016 federal income tax returns by the April 18, 2017 filing deadline should not panic. This week’s column discusses how individuals can request a six month filing extension, including the IRS’ “Free File”. But employees are reminded that a filing extension is not an extension to pay any taxes due.

Trump gives first check to federal agency

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on April 3 said President Trump will donate his first quarter salary to the National Park Service.

Q&A: Former OPM official outlines key role of deputy secretaries

This week, FEND’s Nathan Abse speaks with PPS partner Dr. Ronald Sanders, a former associate director for human resource policy at the Office of Personnel Management, about how and why deputy secretaries have emerged as the linchpin of operations, government-wide. At OPM, Dr. Sanders served was responsible for civil service policies and programs for millions of federal employees and retirees.

Administration launches WH Office of American Innovation—but government groups, experts offer mixed reception

The Trump administration announced last month a key piece of the new president’s call to revamp the federal government: the creation of the White House Office of American Innovation.

Report says federal gov't has too many levels of leadership

A new paper focused on the structure of the federal government workforce says that there are too many layers of leadership, and the new administration might be making a good move not to fill certain positions.

Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: I'm almost done buying back my military time and I understand the benefits for retirement obviously but just in case I were to leave the government I would like to know if the cumulative retirement total on MyPay would increase after the time is bought. Meaning, would I would get more if I cash in the FERS since I bought back my military time?

In the face of huge proposed budget cuts, 1.9 percent raise for feds may be in the works

Federal employee unions usually look askance to such small pay increases—especially after suffering several years with no boost—2011 through 2013. Union leaders also point out that things haven’t improved much—since in 2014 and 2015, feds received across-the-board only a 1 percent increase.

Bill aims to ban some feds from receiving bonuses

Three senators have reintroduced legislation that would prevent federal employees who have committed egregious wrongdoing from receiving bonuses.

Management's view on its ability to fire problem federal employees examined

Examining why supervisors struggle to halt employee misconduct— and even fire problem employees — is the subject of a detailed analysis by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, which surveyed 10,000 supervisors, senior managers, and senior executives.

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