Tag: Human Resources

How Can Federal Managers Prepare for Changes to the FLSA Now?

Filed in News by on June 23, 2014

President Obama recently called for a review of and update to the FLSA regulations. The author says that while this won’t result in an immediate impact on federal positions, it is a good time for federal managers to review existing position descriptions and update FLSA determinations.

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Congress Set to Reinvent the Wheel By Politicizing the SES System at DVA

Filed in News by on June 22, 2014

The author provides the text of the senate bill to change the SES system at the Department of Veterans Affairs and a plea to the Congress to control its knee jerk response to allegations of misconduct at the Agency. He asks the reader to judge whether this is good or bad law and whether it supports good or bad government based on its words versus the present system.

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At the Brink of an Irreversible Mistake

Filed in News by on June 19, 2014

One federal employee ended up pulling his retirement paperwork before the big day because he almost made an irreversible mistake. He was relying on all the previous benefits estimates he had received from his human resources department, but at the last minute found out he wouldn’t be getting the pension he had expected. Learn from his story and make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

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OPM Removes Prohibition on Sex Change Coverage Under FEHB

Filed in News by on June 16, 2014

OPM has removed the prohibition on federal employee health insurance for providing for sex change operations and “transition care” for someone who has undertaken this process.

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad – I Just Cost You Your Security Clearance

Filed in News by on June 11, 2014

Fathers who work for the federal government or for defense contractors make many sacrifices for their children. But sometimes their children can cost them their security clearance. The author explains why this is the case.

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What is the Special Retirement Supplement and Why Is it Important?

Filed in News by on May 11, 2014

The Special Retirement Supplement (SRS) is not paid by the Social Security Administration. It is paid by the Office of Personnel Management. This article provides a simplified example of how the SRS is calculated.

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Hatch Act Modifications Reflected in New OPM Rule

Filed in News by on May 5, 2014

The Hatch Act allows most federal employees to participate in some partisan political activity. The new rule issued by OPM reflects the less stringent penalties and loosening of Hatch Act restrictions on many feds.

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More Hatch Act Violations Cited by Special Counsel

Filed in News by on April 30, 2014

Political passion during an election cycle continues to embroil employees who put their federal careers at risk by engaging in prohibited political activity. Here are two new cases, involving both sides of the partisan political divide.

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