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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Understand Your Options During FEGLI Open Season

Know Your Options For FEGLI Open Season. This fall a unique event will give federal employees the opportunity to increase their life insurance without a qualifying life event or proof of insurability. This Open Season will be available to those interested in joining the Federal Employee’s Group Life Insurance program. FEGLI, with an enrollment of […]

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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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Determining Retirement Eligibility Under Mixed FERS/CSRS Annuities

Determining what you are eligible for under FERS or CSRS when it comes to your retirement can be confusing. When you have both, it can seem even more complicated. The date of your government hire will determine if you qualify for FERS or CSRS. But what if you fall into the bucket of mixed CSRS […]

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House Republicans Put Forth Plan to Cut Federal Employee Workforce

House Republicans have laid out their blueprints for reducing the national debt, which requires cuts to the federal workforce, as well as their pay and benefits. Lawmakers estimate the savings from these cuts would amass more than $280 billion over the course of 10 years and slash non-Defense, discretionary spending at agencies by $887 billion […]

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Reform on the Horizon for USPS

Although it is too early to know what will come of Sen. Tom Carper’s legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service, it is safe to say that the Postal Service’s growing deficit in funding for employee pensions and medical benefits will be addressed. This has been an ongoing issue for the USPS. However, prior to […]

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OPM Falling Behind on Retirement Applications

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is dealing with a large backlog of applications from retiring federal workers. As of January 2016, the backlog of claims was at a whopping 73%, which is a concern for those looking to retire sometime this year. What does the backlog mean for retiring federal workers? For starters, many […]

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How to Prepare for Federal Retirement

It’s never too early to be thinking about your retirement. Whether you are 30 or 60, there are always simple things you can do to help prepare for Federal retirement. When you are ready to retire you are going to want to maximize all of your benefits, which is why preparing for retirement in advance […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About a Thrift Savings Plan

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a crucial part of your Federal benefits package regardless if you are a civilian employee or a member of the military. But the bigger question is, how do you manage it? Here are 5 Things You Need to Know About a TSP: Consider it your 401K: A TSP is […]

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Obama Nominates NEW OPM Chief

Beth Cobert may become the new head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management if President Obama has his way. The president has nominated the now acting director of OPM to officially take over the agency and become OPM director. Ms. Cobert became acting director following the resignation of former OPM director Katherine Archuleta. Ms. […]

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