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 Compensation & Benefits

  1. William Breskin answered reader question about federal health options. Victor Powell

    Medicare, TRICARE and FEHBP: How it all fits

    BCBS VP William Breskin answers reader questions about health coverage.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  2. Walton Francis, after participating in a Nov. 19 Federal Times webcast to answer questions from federal employees and retirees about the FEHBP Open Season, has now answered many more audience questions. Jennifer Milbrett/Staff

    Answered: Your federal health coverage questions

    Walton Francis, after participating in a Nov. 19 Federal Times webcast to answer questions from federal employees and retirees about the FEHBP Open Season, has now addressed more questions that time did not allow for during the event.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  3. The Postal Service has struggled to contain its federal employee compensation program costs. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Postal Service employee falsely claimed workers comp for 7 years, DOJ says

    Must pay back $244,000, faces jail time in plea deal.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  4. Hundreds of thousands of feds can join multimillion shutdown lawsuit

    Plaintiffs seeking financial damages against the government.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  5. Walt Francis: Federal employees have money-saving health insurance options they might not be aware of. Staff

    FEHBP expert Walt Francis: Take the time to research plan options

    Federal employees have money-saving options that they might not know about.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  6. Transgender advocates want OPM to require transgender care in federal health insurance plans. Sheila Vemmer/staff / Gannett Government Media

    Groups push OPM to require transgender care in federal health plans

    The Office of Personnel Management must do more to end discrimination against transgender employees and ensure federal health insurance covers transgender care, an advocacy group said.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  7. You can retire at your MRA with 10 years of service; however, your annuity would be reduced by 5 percent for every year you were under age 62. Staff

    10 questions all soon-to-be-retirees ask

    Federal Times expert Reg Jones has the answers.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  8. More than 25,000 federal employees will have to choose new health insurance plans as their carriers leave the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. Staff

    Thousands of feds must choose new health plans

    Five companies have left the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, forcing the plan participants to choose new options.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  9. Transgender care to be available on some federal health plans

    Gender reassignment surgery will be covered on some plans, but not most.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  10. Unions are worried about congressional attacks on pay and benefits. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    After election, unions brace for attacks on pay, retirement benefits

    The next few years will be tough for federal employees as Congress tries harder to cut federal pay and benefits, according to union leaders.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  11. Army travel reg change could make it easier for members to move

    Costs related to permanent change-of-station moves now go on a government travel card.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  12. Mammograms are an important screening procedure to detect breast cancer. ROBYN BECK / AFP/Getty Images

    Feds should take advantage of preventive screenings

    Get tests designed to detect early-stage ailments, but don't overdo it, expert advises.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  13. Christine MacMahon (GPO) and Shannon Reid Hamm (USDA) look through the Catalog of Caring to decide which charities will receive their 2014 CFC donations. CFC image CFC

    CFC off to a strong start

    Local efforts report fast progress toward meeting contribution goals.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  14. Popular health plans will take larger bite out of paycheck

    While federal employee and retiree health insurance premiums are set to go up by an average of 3.2 percent in 2015, each plan is unique.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  15. Rep. Gerry Connolly will host a workshop Nov. 15 to help federal employees and retirees learn how to choose a health care plan.

    Invest time to choose the right health plan

    The Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) open season runs from Nov. 10 to Dec. 8.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  16. Survey: Many feds boost education levels during their careers

    Federal employees use their government careers as a chance to go to college and graduate school, according to a new Office of Personnel Management survey analysis.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  17. 2015 insurance premium increase lower than previous years

    OPM credits the Affordable Care Act with slowing the rise.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  18. The official White House Christmas Tree stands in the Blue Room of the White House in this photo from 2013. Feds are hoping President Obama will let them stay home Dec. 26. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Feds to Obama: Give us Dec. 26 off

    A petition at the We The People website, asking the president to give federal employees the Friday after Christmas off, is gaining support.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  19. Rafael Moure-Eraso is chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency. Courtesy Photo

    President's executive order on contract worker safety will save lives

    The April 8, 2011, scene was horrific: Five workers killed just inside one of a series of bunkers dug hundreds of feet deep into a side of a mountain near Honolulu.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  20. How to balance the FEHBP and Medicare

    The decision is important, but usually not difficult, experts say.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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