A Chained CPI and Federal Employee Retirement COLAs

By on January 14, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
A Chained CPI and Federal Employee Retirement COLAs

The chained CPI has been incorporated into the federal tax system. What does this mean, and will it have an impact on the COLA calculations for federal retirees?

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Legislation Calls for 3% Pay Raise in 2019

By on January 12, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Calls for 3% Pay Raise in 2019

Legislation has been introduced that would give federal employees a 3% raise in 2019.

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Mnuchin: 90% of Wage Earners Will See Higher Paychecks Under New Withholding Tables

By on January 12, 2018 in Agency News, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Mnuchin: 90% of Wage Earners Will See Higher Paychecks Under New Withholding Tables

The IRS has released new tax withholding tables, and many employees should start seeing higher paychecks by February according to the Treasury Department.

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Does My Locality Pay Rate Include the Basic Percentage Increase?

By on January 11, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Does My Locality Pay Rate Include the Basic Percentage Increase?

Does the locality pay raise percentage cited for 2018 include the basic pay raise of 1.4%?

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Why Do We Care That Congress Does Not Pass Appropriations Bills On Time?

By on January 11, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Why Do We Care That Congress Does Not Pass Appropriations Bills On Time?

Government now frequently operates without a formal budget. The author outlines some of the problems this can create.

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Executive Order Directs Agencies to Expand Mental Health Resources for Veterans

By on January 10, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Executive Order Directs Agencies to Expand Mental Health Resources for Veterans

President Trump has signed an executive order to expand mental health resources for veterans transitioning from active duty to civilian life.

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Border Patrol Says Lack of Manpower Leading to Violence Against Agents

By on January 10, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Border Patrol Says Lack of Manpower Leading to Violence Against Agents

Representatives from the Border Patrol told Congress that they are facing a substantial shortage of agents that is creating problems for the agency.

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EPA Touts Success With Buyouts, Shrinking Workforce

By on January 10, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
EPA Touts Success With Buyouts, Shrinking Workforce

The EPA has had success with shrinking the size of its workforce, and more staff reductions are likely on the way.

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How Does the WEP Affect Your Retirement Income?

By on January 9, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
How Does the WEP Affect Your Retirement Income?

What is the Windfall Elimination Provision, and how can it affect your retirement income?

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Lawmakers Worried Treasury Department Will Use New Tax Tables for Political Gain

By on January 9, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Worried Treasury Department Will Use New Tax Tables for Political Gain

Two lawmakers are worried that the Treasury Department will “unduly influence” tax withholding tables to skew the apparent benefits of the new tax law.

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