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The 63rd edition of the Federal Employees Almanac

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Welcome to the 63rd edition of the Federal Employees Almanac!

We are excited to bring you another year of polices, legislation and rules and regulations that impact your federal career all in a single source guide.

This guide will help you navigate your career and benefits as a federal employee as well as a federal retiree, which can be a difficult task. But our experts have tracked all of the important changes in legislation throughout the year to help our readers stay abreast of the developments.

The 63rd edition includes changes to advance leave policies and leave for family care; the new "self plus one" option in health insurance; the expansion of the General Schedule locality pay program and the latest pay rates; and benefits for employees affected by the cyber security breaches.

Every page of this book provides you with details on benefits such as dental and vision programs, long-term care options, hiring and transferring processes, promotions, and many other aspects of your federal career. It also is available in a web version that includes real-time updates.

The Federal Employees Almanac owes its accuracy and comprehensiveness to the hard work and invaluable contributions of some of the top experts in the federal benefits and employment field. 1105 Media offers its special thanks to Reginald M. Jones, former director of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management, and Ed Zurndorfer, a Certified Financial Planner and Enrolled Agent and owner of EZ Accounting and Financial Services.

Don’t forget to visit the web version of the Almanac at FederalSoup.com, where you can also find topic-based Q&As, free interactive forums and the latest news.

Subscribe to the website and register for the free forums today!

Chapter 1: Pay 

Chapter 2: Insurance 

Chapter 3: Retirement 

Chapter 4: Post-Retirement 

Chapter 5: Leave and Other Benefits

Chapter 6: Thrift Savings Plan 

Chapter 7: Divorce, Legal Separation, and Annulment 

Chapter 8: Employment Procedures and Policies 

Chapter 9: Downsizing Policies 

Chapter 10: Agency Roles and Responsibilities 

Chapter 11: Travel, Transportation, and Relocation 

Chapter 12: Postal Service 

Chapter 13: Resources and References 

 Chapter 14: Taxes

*All updates in chapters noted in red*

Almanac Updates as of 8/16/2016

Chapter 8 – Employment, Procedures, and Policies

Section 1: Hiring and Placement

Almanac Updates as of 6/28/2016

Chapter 2 – Insurance

Section 1: Federal Employees Health Benefits Program

Section 2: Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program


Chapter 7– Divorce, Legal Separation, and Annulment

Section 1: Benefits Impact of Divorce

Section 3: Impact on Health Insurance Coverage

Section 4: Impact on Life Insurance Coverage


Chapter 8 – Employment, Procedures, and Policies

Section 1: Hiring and Placement

Chapter 12 – Postal Service

Section 1: Postal Organization
Section 3: Postal Employee Benefits
Section 4: Workplace Policies


Almanac Updates as of 5/5/2016

Chapter 8 – Employment, Procedures, and Policies

Section 1: Hiring and Placement

Section 7: Alternative Personnel Practices

Section 9: Senior Executive Service

Almanac Updates as of 3/30/2016 

Chapter 13Resources and References

Section 2: General Government Information


Almanac Updates as of 3/18/2016

Chapter 1Pay

Section 1: Main Federal Pay Schedules and Systems

Section 4: Other Pay Increases, Allowances or Actions

Chapter 2 – Insurance

Section 1: Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program

Chapter 5 – Leave and Other Benefits

Section 1: Paid Time Off

Chapter 10 – Agency Roles and Responsibilities

Section 1: Office of Personnel Management

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