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New Locality Pay Areas Finalized for Nearly 70,000 Feds

New Locality Pay Areas Finalized for Nearly 70,000 Feds

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.

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IRS’ Decline is Setting Off Alarms

IRS’ Decline is Setting Off Alarms

In a new piece for ProPublica, Paul Kiel and Jesse Eisinger break down the IRS' decline in resources and, relatedly, capabilities in the past decade, with the agency having been a repeated political target.

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Carrying Coverage with WAEPA is Easier Than Ever

Carrying Coverage with WAEPA is Easier Than Ever

In addition to the many benefits we offer our Members, Civilian Federal Employees insured under our Group Term Life Insurance* and Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance Programs enjoy the ease of carrying coverage from us.

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HHS to Testify Before OGR on FITARA

HHS to Testify Before OGR on FITARA

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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What Will Feds Get for the Holidays?

What Will Feds Get for the Holidays?

Late last week Congress agreed to a two-week extension of a Continuing Resolution preventing a partial government shutdown for the time being. The new CR expires on December 21.

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An Inside Look at Whistleblowing

An Inside Look at Whistleblowing

Tune in to FEDtalk this Friday for a fascinating look into the federal whistleblowing process.  Joining host Debra Roth will be the founders of Whistleblower Aid, John Tye and Mark Zaid. 

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Harvard Business Review: Know Your Customers' Jobs to Be Done

Harvard Business Review: Know Your Customers' Jobs to Be Done

This video explains how companies can design better products by identifying what jobs customers are trying to do and stepping in to perform those functions.

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Government to Close as D.C. Reflects on Legacy of George H.W. Bush

Government to Close as D.C. Reflects on Legacy of George H.W. Bush

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.  

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Congress Poised for Two-Week Extension on Budget

Congress Poised for Two-Week Extension on Budget

Members of Congress appear likely to pass a two-week spending bill to extend the deadline beyond the current budget timeline, under which the federal government would be scheduled to partially shut down in four days.

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FMA Looking Forward to Working with the 116th Congress

FMA Looking Forward to Working with the 116th Congress

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.

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Government needs to change to deal with populism — here’s how

Government needs to change to deal with populism — here’s how

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.

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When it comes to selecting healthcare, Americans need to do their homework and be informed consumers.

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.

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The Benefits of Long Term Care Insurance Are Invaluable

The Benefits of Long Term Care Insurance Are Invaluable

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.

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US Digital Service Video: Why We Serve

US Digital Service Video: Why We Serve

Civil Servant Noreen Hecmanczuk shares what government service means to her in this video.  She describes the legacy of her Uncle Mike, who served in World War II and instilled in her the value of public service.

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Federal Salary Council Releases Recommendations on Federal Pay

Federal Salary Council Releases Recommendations on Federal Pay

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.

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U.S. Forest Service Launches Christmas Tree Cutting Permit Website

U.S. Forest Service Launches Christmas Tree Cutting Permit Website

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.”

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OPM Gives 30 Day Deadline on Bargaining Agreements

OPM Gives 30 Day Deadline on Bargaining Agreements

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.

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Preparation Tips for FEHB Open Season 2019

Preparation Tips for FEHB Open Season 2019

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.

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Connolly Bill Aims to Improve Federal Retiree COLAs

Connolly Bill Aims to Improve Federal Retiree COLAs

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.

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TED Talk: How to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground

TED Talk: How to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground

World champion debater Julia Dhar draws on her experience to offer suggestions for disagreeing productively to find common ground.

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