Determining Your Medicare Part B Premium Cost Has Gotten More Complicated

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Determining Your Medicare Part B Premium Cost Has Gotten More Complicated

The 2018 Medicare Part B premiums have been released, but the formula for figuring them out has become more complex.

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EPA Paid Almost $700k for Parking Spaces That Went Unused

By on November 19, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
EPA Paid Almost $700k for Parking Spaces That Went Unused

A recent IG report found that the EPA paid almost $700,000 for subsidized employee parking spaces that went unused over a two year period.

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Bill Would Require Agencies to Pay Accrued Interest Resulting from Veterans’ Pension Payment Errors

By on November 17, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Bill Would Require Agencies to Pay Accrued Interest Resulting from Veterans’ Pension Payment Errors

Recently introduced legislation would protect veterans from having to pay back interest resulting from agency mistakes in the calculation of certain benefits.

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Hatch Drops Catch-Up Contributions Amendment from Senate Tax Bill

By on November 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Hatch Drops Catch-Up Contributions Amendment from Senate Tax Bill

An amendment to the Senate’s tax reform bill that had the potential to impact federal employees who invest in the TSP has been taken off the table.

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Court Slaps Down AFGE on Its Efforts to Avoid Reinstatement of National Union Official

By on November 16, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Court Slaps Down AFGE on Its Efforts to Avoid Reinstatement of National Union Official

Following a court’s order to undo the removal of the National Secretary-Treasurer of AFGE, Eugene Hudson, the union tried to get the court to issue an emergency stay of its order so the union could have time to fire him again. The court declined to do so and its order to reinstate Hudson to his national office still stands.

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Applicant Questionnaires and Gaming the System

By on November 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Applicant Questionnaires and Gaming the System

Do applicant questionnaires improve the federal hiring process? The author provides an analysis.

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More Tuition Discounts Available for Federal Employees

By on November 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
More Tuition Discounts Available for Federal Employees

OPM has announced the addition of four new academic institutions to its tuition discount program for federal employees.

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Who is the Highest Paid ‘Federal Employee’ in America?

By on November 15, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Who is the Highest Paid ‘Federal Employee’ in America?

Who is the highest paid “federal employee” in the country, and what is his annual salary?

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Earning Income as a Federal Government Retiree

By on November 15, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Earning Income as a Federal Government Retiree

How can you earn extra income after you’ve retired? The author provides some ideas.

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Are Apparent Factional Battles at AFGE Challenging Union President?

By on November 15, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Are Apparent Factional Battles at AFGE Challenging Union President?

Internal politics at AFGE, which represents more Federal employees than any other union in the Federal sector, are getting interesting.

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