House Defense Policy Bill could codify contractor minimum wage

The House is set to vote this week on its version of the FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act—an annual must-pass bill that often serves as the vehicle for provisions impacting the federal workforce.

Court weighs whether to pay damages to employees who worked during 2018 shutdown

The Biden administration argues the government's hands were tied and it did not violate labor law.

Advocates, lawmakers laud firefighter pay boost

Federal wildland firefighters finally get long-awaited pay boost, and advocates are relieved.

Congress nears $7B investment in VA workforce, new facilities

Pay raises, student loan repayment and new recruiting tools are part of the sweeping package as lawmakers prepare VA for a surge of new patients.

Union: A request to raise gas reimbursement rates to reflect skyrocketing prices

One fed employee union this week pressed for higher fuel reimbursements, citing rapidly rising gas prices—along with a weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

Podcast: How to negotiate your salary… and everything else

Author Jotham S. Stein joins our partner site GovExec's podcast, and discusses how to gain leverage in work negotiations.

A few feds might qualify for a bigger tax refund, from Trump Social Security deferral

The IRS sent out a notice that some might need to file an amended return, but most federal employees don’t need to worry about it.

Bill would standardize fed retiree COLAs

A bill pending in Congress would provide FERS and CSRS retirees the same cost of living increases, as an annual percentage.

TSA bill passes House, promises better pay

If the bill becomes law, Transportation Security Officers and other TSA employees would see a significant pay raise—and gain access to the same appeals processes permitted for other federal employees.

TSA workers, reps press for full GS rights

Transportation Security Agency employees aim this week to see the House pass a bill that would provide them with better pay and appeal options, similar to those available to other federal employees.

More than 60 Democratic lawmakers want a 5.1% raise for feds

The lawmakers asked the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee to override WH plan for an average 4.6% raise for 2023.

Feds can now donate to Ukraine relief, directly

Through June 30, feds can pledge donations to charities working on relief efforts in Ukraine—in a special round of the Combined Federal Campaign.

Podcast: Biden's budget would bring a big pay raise for feds

Erich Wagner joins the GovExec daily podcast, and discusses the WH blueprint's workforce provisions.

Feds: 4.6% pay boost good, but 5.1% better

Fed unions generally applaud the Biden budget proposing a 4.6% pay bump for FY 2023. But, considering inflation and the many effectively raise-less years in the past decade, they are still pressing for 5.1%.