The GSA Announces Updated Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers

The General Services Administration recently announced its per diem rates for federal travelers that are effective October 1, 2017. These rates set the average lodging cost that employees can charge the government for using. The major change with these guidelines affects the standard per diem rate, which was increased from $91 to $93. Unless a […]

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6 Questions About Federal Pension Cuts Answered

One of the main goals of the White House and current Congressional leadership is to change how the federal government approaches retirement. The executive branch is looking to reduce costs for retirement and pension plans while making federal jobs seem more appealing in the job market. However, these savings plans have left several employees wondering […]

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What Is a Reduction in Force (RIF) and How Can You Prepare For It?

Whenever there is a change in leadership within the White House, it’s common for the new President to review how various agencies run and make changes to the staffing. This is no different under the current administration. In the past few months, President Trump has made changes to the resources and funding to various federal […]

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Four Questions You Should Ask About the 2017 Annual Social Security Report

On July 13, the annual trustee reports on Social Security and Medicare were released to review the health and viability of this program. The annual social security report estimates what payroll taxes will look like in the next few decades and how Medicare coverage will change as well. It then creates a report card for […]

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Congress Approves VA Reform Bill

A Newly Passed VA Bill Could Mean Big Changes for Federal Employees On June 13, 2017, the House passed a bipartisan bill to reform the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in a 368 – 55 vote. This bill, the S.1094 – Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, originated in the […]

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What You Need To Know About Postal Service Reform

USPS employees may be facing new changes to their retirement benefits with the introduction of a possible new bill The new proposed H. R. 756 bill is attempting to salvage the U.S. Postal Service by drastically cutting costs and driving up revenue. Though the bill still has to pass both the House and Senate before it becomes law, […]

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How The Federal Hiring Freeze May Affect Your Retirement

Learn how the new federal hiring freeze may affect your retirement President Trump has placed a hiring freeze on the federal workforce; however, he does not specify how long it is to stay in effect. The order was given late January after his inauguration. It is the first of many moves the president plans to […]

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Millions Not Notified Of Data Breach

Millions of Federal Employees Affected by OPM Data Breach The Office of Personnel Management has reported as many as 2 million individuals affected by the hacking of a government investigation database have not been formally notified. The cybersecurity attack discovered by the OPM in June 2015 has left upwards of 21 million Americans at risk […]

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House Approved Amendment to Restore USPS Service Standards

House appropriators have heard the public’s outcry for improved U.S Postal Service service standards. Early July they approved an amendment that would restore the service standards of 2012. This amendment was proposed by U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and adopted in accordance with the fiscal 2017 financial services appropriations bill. While a giant stride forward, […]

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Proposed Changes with FEGLI and FEHB

In January of this year, The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) finalized a policy to protect federal employees from losing their health care benefits coverage were their plan to drop out, drop a level of coverage, or restrict its coverage areas. This change comes in time for the annual fall open season. Affected enrollees have […]

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