A Senate bill helps advance Biden’s 4.6% pay raise plan

Like its counterpart appropriations bill in the House, the spending legislation that serves as the vehicle for federal employee compensation issues is silent on the subject of a 2023 pay increase, effectively endorsing the president’s plan.

Schedule F ban among workforce provisions in annual defense policy bill

The House just last week passed the bill—which also contains provisions granting full civil service protections plus a pay raise to TSA employees.

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.

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.

GAO tags unemployment insurance as 'high risk'

The government watchdog says more than $78 billion in improper unemployment insurance payments were made in fiscal year 2021. The report cites fraud, poor customer service, inequitable access, legacy tech and staffing shortages as key drivers of failure.

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.

The difference between a COLA and a pay raise

And why you won’t get the full effect of either if you retire on Dec. 31, 2022.

Speed bumps for VAs new scheduling system

A watchdog report has identified gaps in training and oversight regarding the new scheduling system being implemented at VA medical facilities.

Biden admin ups pay for fed firefighters

Average annual pay for U.S. Forest Service firefighters is $38,000, versus $70,000 to $88,000 for their state, local and private counterparts. The White House has ordered an immediate modest boost, and bills pending in Congress could lock in this and additional gains for these crucial first responders.

NTEU hopeful on budget boost

The National Treasury Employees Union is hopeful for increased funding and staffing at agencies, highlighting IRS, CBP and others.

AFGE pushes for more funding, staff

The American Federation of Government Employees, representing employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (USCIS), is pressing for greater funding and staffing.

NTEU praises budget boost plans

The National Treasury Employees Union is optimistic about proposed increased funding and staffing at agencies, highlighting IRS, CBP and others.

WH proposes 2.7% bump in pay for feds

Good news for feds: The Biden administration is proposing a 2.7% increase in pay next year—if effected, the largest annual bump in pay in over a decade.

Tax Day 2021 is here...

The IRS is reminding all individual filers that today—Monday, May 17—is the deadline on tax returns for tax year 2020, or put in for an extension. The extraordinary extension from mid-April was implemented to help ease the challenge posed by COVID.

Orgs push WH to go beyond minimum wage for contractors

The Biden administration, from its earliest days in January, made it known it is pushing to ensure not only will all federal employees get a $15-per-hour minimum wage, but so too will federal contractors.