Benefits

Disability compensation may improve veterans’ health

Eligibility for disability compensation is associated with substantial reductions in hospitalizations among Vietnam-era military veterans

It could get easier to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The Biden administration earlier this month announced a wholesale reform of a web of federal loan forgiveness, including a number of measures to make it easier for federal workers to make use of the historically headache-inducing programs.

COVID leave for feds to manage kids’ vaccinations

The news comes as part of our weekly roundup on pay and benefits ...

Abortions, to a limited degree, will continue on DOD bases

“There will be no interruption to this care,” the Pentagon said in a memo.

OPM: If you need to travel for medical care, you can use sick leave

The federal government’s HR agency confirmed that federal employees may use sick leave to travel to obtain reproductive health services. However, the measure falls short of employee groups’ request for paid administrative leave after abortion ruling.

Senators spike a plan to close VA facilities, displace workers

The bipartisan group won't allow votes on nominees to serve on a controversial commission.

Agencies are responding to the Supreme Court's Abortion Ruling. Here's how.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees’ access to in-state reproductive health services disappeared Friday after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.

Supreme Court: VA need not reconsider benefits decisions, even after misinterpreting law

Opponents call it "inexcusable" to deny a veteran a new hearing after VA admitted it made a mistake.

Firefighters union calls for higher pay amid staffing shortage

The labor organization sees opportunity for maximizing better compensation in the recent infrastructure law. A Senate committee also advanced legislation to ease qualifying for workers comp, for conditions associated with firefighting.

Employee group calls for federal abortion leave, post-Roe ...

The Department of Justice Gender Equity Network asked the administration to authorize paid leave in cases where federal employees need to travel across state lines to receive abortion services.

House approves federal firefighter workers comp reform

This news and more, all part of a roundup of pay and benefits news.

Despite recent losses, USPS and unions see improvement ahead

The Postal Service recently reported a rise in overall revenue but some all-too-familiar net losses. However, in the wake of the recently passed Postal Service Reform Act, both management and unions expect better balance sheets in the future.

Agencies ease disability benefits rules for feds

The Biden administration is making it easier for some government employees and military vets to get disability benefits for certain chronic conditions, as reported in a weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

Join the Feds in Motion Challenge!

The event is aimed at helping feds stay healthy, in a myriad of ways—while raising money for the key nonprofit that helps government employees with tuition aid and emergency assistance.

GOP Senators want TSP to stay clear of Chinese investments

The group is pressing pending nominees to the board governing the Thrift Savings Plan to keep feds' retirement money out of investments in "China-based" companies.

Report: Student loan forgiveness program improves

Student loan forgiveness is accelerating, under a revamped program for public service workers.

What feds should know: New paid parental bereavement leave benefit

Thanks to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, feds can take up to two weeks off after the death of a child.