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7 Best Shopping Deals for Feds

Filed in News by on June 14, 2016 Comments

Want to save money on smartphones, hotels or vacations packages? These are some ways federal employees can get discounts just in time for the summer travel season.

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Performance Appraisals or Fairy Tales?

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The author says that agencies need a complete reworking of the performance appraisal process.

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The Old D.I.Y. Approach to Federal Retirement: Will it Work for FERS Employees?

Filed in News by on June 13, 2016 Comments

The author says that under CSRS, a do-it-yourself approach to retirement was more practical for federal employees, but those under FERS may face bigger obstacles trying to go it alone.

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Average Fed Salary in DC Tops $112,000. Lowest State: About $66,000

Filed in News by on June 12, 2016 Comments

Is there a difference between the states in the average salary paid to federal employees there? The wide differential may surprise some. DC comes out on top with an average salary now above $112,000 but California has 8.19% of the federal workforce within its borders and an average of $83,306.

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The Social Security Earnings Test

Filed in News by on June 9, 2016 Comments

The Social Security earnings test will affect any Social Security recipient from the age of 62 until they reach their Social Security Full Retirement Age (FRA). For every dollar earned above the earnings test amount, there is a reduction to an individual’s FERS Supplement or Social Security.

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Becoming a Military Spouse: One Woman’s Story

Filed in News by on June 8, 2016 Comments

What is the learning and transition process to military benefits like for a new, non-military spouse? The author tells the story of his friend who recently married an active duty service member and what she learned in the process of changing over to the military’s benefits programs.

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Keep the Money, and Run!

Filed in News by on June 8, 2016 Comments

A divorced spouse relied on an inaccurate version of a 20-year-old divorce decree to get OPM to award her a survivor annuity on the death of her former husband. When presented with the accurate version of the decree, OPM revoked the annuity and demanded repayment. See what happened.

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Salary and Race in the Federal Workforce: Which Federal Employees Make More (and Less)

Filed in News by on June 7, 2016 Comments

Which racial groups are the largest in the federal workforce and are there salary differentials? How is the racial composition of the workforce changing?

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