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 Compensation & Benefits

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 2015 insurance premium increase lower than previous years

    OPM credits the Affordable Care Act with slowing the rise.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  6. 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
  7. How to balance the FEHBP and Medicare

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

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  8. Joseph Beaudoin, NARFE president, says the COLA for retirees does not keep pace with the rise in health-care costs. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Federal retirees to get 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase in 2015

    Retirees are getting squeezed by a system that is 'out of sync' with reality, group says.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  9. Sanjeev 'Sonny' Bhagowalia was appointed as the new CIO for the Treasury Department. Colin Kelly/Army Times Publishing Co.

    Hawaii's first CIO joins Treasury

    Sonny Bhagowalia returns to federal life to lead Treasury Department's IT efforts.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  10.  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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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