After months of speculation and debate, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the official rates for Medicare Part B premiums beginning in January 2016.
The Federal Salary Council has concluded, as it has in past years, that federal employees are generally underpaid by about 35%.
The 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results were recently released by the Office of Personnel Management. The author notes that agency leaders take the survey results seriously, even if employees find it hard to draw relationships between the survey results and agency responses. He highlights the highest and lowest positive scores across the six main categories of questions from the survey.
The author says that civil servants who refuse to answer questions when called to testify before the House of Representatives or the Senate are not exercising civil service protections; they are exercising a Constitutional right guaranteed to everyone.
Expanded eligibility has been announced for applying for coverage under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP). The change will be effective on November 30th.
The Office of Personnel Management processed over 10,000 retirement applications in October, however, there are still over 12,000 backlogged applications.
Feeling defiant? Good, because there is a growing body of Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) case law on the little known “right-to-disobey” rule from the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA).