Benefits

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.

When to leave to maximize your lump sum annual leave payment

Federal retirement expert Tammy Flanagan details the best dates to retire in the coming years to get the most out of what you’re owed for unused time off.

OPM: Better data-tracking and benefits education to improve equity

The report by OPM—the federal government HR agency—was one of more than 90 equity action plans released last week by the administration.

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.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of November 15, 2021.

Feds—It's Open Season!

Feds: Open Season ends on Monday, Dec. 13, at midnight. Make sure you've done your research, and chosen your health insurance and related options for 2022.

Feds ... it is Open Season!!!

Feds: Open Season ends on Monday, Dec. 13, at midnight. Make sure you've done your research, and chosen your health insurance and related options for 2022.

And now for something completely different ...

Columnist Mike Causey begins his most recent piece by wondering if most feds headed toward retirement are (still) talking about their pay and benefits packages, or is it something completely different—say, something about masks and jabs?

Shopping for the perfect career ...

Government reporter and columnist Mike Causey asks: What is the "perfect career," anyway? And what would the Board of Directors at the ideal employer be like, and how long might each member serve?

FEHBP: With premiums up 2.4%, feds, do your homework ...

OPM recently announced that employee premiums will rise an average of 2.4%—a modest increase. Federal employee advocates are advising feds to do a little homework to get the best deal.

LEO equity: Unions urge feds to push Congress

Federal employee unions and other labor advocates are pressing members to contact Congress to vote for H.R. 962 and companion Senate legislation, to correct a harsh unfairness built into law enforcement retirement and benefits. Currently, some feds get reasonable packages and others do not.

Expert: COVID, inflation and what NOT to do with your TSP

The COVID pandemic and the tantalizing but uneven economic recovery so far this year have feds seeking advice about their retirement savings, including TSP. This week, Nathan Abse interviews Ann Ozuna—a retirement expert and advisor whose clientele is focused on federal employees. Ozuna's experience in the federal community included two decades as a fed herself, working as a retirement specialist with DOD and DOE.

COVID: GEHA offers $75 vaccine incentive

About 67 percent of the U.S. population over 18 is at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. Now, yet another federal employee health insurer, the Government Employees Health Association (GEHA), is offering feds a financial incentive to get their shots.

FEHBP: Vaccine incentives come to some plans

Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in FEHBP are offering a $50 incentive to member feds who get vaccinated.

DOD's electronic health records rollout hits 30 percent completion

DOD has completed nearly one-third of its rollout of its new electronic health records system, with 42,000 active users in more than a dozen states.

OPM opens window to enroll in HSAs

If you haven’t already done so, June is a special enrollment month for joining or altering selections in health savings accounts—the Federal Spending Account Program, known as FSAFEDS.