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OPM has published an interim final rule to create a regulatory exception that allows children of same-sex domestic partners living overseas to maintain FEHB coverage for an extended period of time.
Legislation has been introduced in the House that would require the TSA to reform its security screening procedures to be more accommodating to transgender travelers.
OPM made a small reduction to its backlog of retirement applications, but it remains above 16,000 as of the end of November.
The Office of Personnel Management issued a reminder to federal workers to always be sure to follow dismissal procedures when emergencies or other special events disrupt the normal workday.
The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 recently took effect for certain newly hired federal employees. OPM has provided a fact sheet about who is eligible for this leave program and how to use it.
Two Senators have asked President Obama to freeze federal hiring during the transition between presidential administrations to combat the practice of “burrowing in” by political appointees.
The Office of Personnel Management is featured in a new report that highlights examples of wasteful government spending.
In testimony offered to Congress, John Hancock explained the need for the recent premium increases in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program and what the ultimate impact would be for federal employees.
OPM has proposed eliminating a number of job classifications due to a lack of federal employees who currently hold jobs within them.