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Following its announcement earlier this year, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has finalized six new locality pay areas that will impact nearly 70,000 federal employees across the country. The locality pay rate system ensures federal employees are compensated in a manner consistent with annual cost of living changes, which can vary widely by region. The changes will take effect beginning January 2019.
Tomorrow, the Department of Health and Human Services will answer to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding the latest hearing on the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). This hearing will focus on how HHS is measuring up on IT modernization efforts.
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Last week, former President George Herbert Walker Bush passed away at 94-years-old, with public figures all across D.C. taking the occasion to remember Bush's legacy before, during, and after his single term as president. Barbara Bush, George H.W. Bush's wife and First Lady, also passed away earlier this year.
Last month, Americans went to the polls to cast their ballots in the midterm elections. As a non-partisan organization, the Federal Managers Association watched the election results closely, supporting both Democrats and Republicans with a track record of working to enhance the federal workforce. Much has already been said in the immediate days following the elections, but we wanted to provide a brief glimpse from FMA’s perspective.
We’re living in a populist moment. But with so much energy devoted to the question of how politics is — or isn’t — addressing this challenge, less attention has been paid to how civil servants should adapt. The cost of inaction is high, as only a third of Americans trust their government to do what’s right and just 18% of Americans trust it to do the right thing most of the time. Trust in government has also declined across OECD countries.
When it comes to selecting healthcare, Americans need to do their homework and be informed consumers.
The annual Open Season, running now through December 10, is an important time for more than eight million federal employees covered in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHB). This is the time to anticipate health care needs and review health care options for next year, and it can be filled with more questions than answers.
While many federal employees may question whether long term insurance is worth the cost, they may ultimately realize that the emotional and financial reassurance of having this protection may offer value that outweighs the cost of premiums.
Before Thanksgiving, the Federal Salary Council “weighed potential changes to how the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates pay disparities to determine which regions require their own locality pay levels so that federal employees’ pay keeps pace with workers in the private sector,” according to Erich Wagner at Government Executive.
With Thanksgiving now behind us, the U.S. Forest Service is turning its attention to Christmas, which is less than a month away, launching a new “Open Forest” website aimed at making it easier for Americans to obtain a permit to cut down Christmas trees “in some national forests, following certain rules and regulations.”
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is giving agencies a 30 day deadline to submit collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards “in accordance with EO 13836,” a May executive order that made significant changes to the way agencies interact with federal labor unions.
As a federal employee, it is important to ask yourself if your current health plan is working for you. A change in marital status or a newly discovered medical condition can impact your coverage needs. To better adjust to the unexpected events in life, the Office of Personnel Management hosts its annual Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season.
A new bill from Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) aims to bring more parity to federal retirement, ensuring no differences between the current Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) and the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) governing some federal employees who retired in previous years, prior to FERS’ creation in 1986 and subsequent implementation.
World champion debater Julia Dhar draws on her experience to offer suggestions for disagreeing productively to find common ground.