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 Compensation & Benefits

  1.  Ciaran Griffin / Getty Images

    Agencies must improve payment card security by year end

    President Obama signed an executive order Friday requiring federal agencies to strengthen card and reader security by Jan. 1.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  2. The morale at DHS has historically been low, but the agency is taking measures to improve it, according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS employee morale, satisfaction drops again in 2014

    Employees at the Department of Homeland Security are increasingly unhappy about their work environments, career opportunities and their bosses, according to new survey results.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  3. Veterans talk with coaches to review their resumes prior to approaching recruiters and hiring managers from public and private sector companies during a career fair in 2012. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

    American Legion boss: Vets have earned federal hiring preference

    The American Legion has a message for federal workers upset over veterans preference rules: Get over it.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  4. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said the latest premium increases were the lowest since 2010.

    Federal health insurance premiums to grow 3.2 percent

    Overall premium increases are the lowest since 2010, according to OPM.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  5. Agencies that actively monitor injured employees, such as NASA, have done the best job of reducing workers' compensation expenses. Radislav Sinyak/ / NASA

    Agencies show mixed results containing workers' comp costs

    Federal employees workers' compensation costs tallied $2.9 billion in 2014, according to preliminary Labor Department data.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  6. OPM cuts retirement application backlog again

    The backlog of pending pension claims at the Office of Personnel Management fell in September for the third straight month, in part from a drop in the numbers of claims the agency received, according to numbers released Oct. 6.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  7. Before she became a successful professional comedian and actress, Wanda Sykes worked as a contracting specialist at the National Security Agency. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

    12 famous people and their not-so-famous careers as federal employees

    From humble beginnings in agencies have come comics, poets and presidents.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  8. In addition to pay schedule changes, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2013 requires the agency to assess its staffing and funding needs at every post along the border. Donna Burton

    Senate overhauls border patrol overtime pay

    New act sets up three overtime pay schedules for more predictable paychecks.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  9. Bill revising federal sick-leave rules for disabled vets advances

    Service-disabled veterans who become federal employees would start their careers with paid sick leave available, under legislation passed unanimously by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Sept. 17.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  10. Jessica Klement, legislative director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, fears any delay in the implementation of phased retirement could demoralize federal employees. File

    Agencies dragging feet on phased retirement programs

    OPM rules would allow applications by November, but most agencies are unprepared.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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