Archive for 2011

Labor and Employee Relations Highlights of 2011

By on December 31, 2011 in Current Events with 3 Comments

Each new year, we take a look back to determine whether those who labor in the public interest and get in trouble have gotten smarter or tell a better story or do not try to make a bad case worse by going on the record. It has not happened yet.

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Study: Older Americans Expect to Work Longer; Many Expect to Never Retire

By on December 30, 2011 in Current Events, Retirement with 55 Comments

According to a recent study done by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the recent recession has left older Americans in the workforce expecting to work longer or even to never retire.

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New Year's Resolutions for Federal Employees

By on December 29, 2011 in Current Events, Leadership with 9 Comments

When making New Year’s resolutions for your career, the author suggests breaking them down into easily achievable steps and celebrating your small successes. He offers suggestions you can use to improve your job situation in 2012.

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The Top 20 Most Popular Articles of 2011

By on December 29, 2011 in Current Events with 4 Comments

The end of the year is often a time for reflection. We like to do that at FedSmith, so this is the time of year when we take a look at which of our articles were the most popular among our site visitors.

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2012 Pay Rates Released

By on December 27, 2011 in Current Events with 86 Comments

OPM has released the 2012 General Schedule pay rates. has also updated our pay calculator to reflect the new rates.

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Traps to Avoid When Moving from Private Business to Government Jobs

By on December 27, 2011 in Current Events, Retirement with 21 Comments

Here’s some points to keep in mind when considering leaving the private sector for a government job.

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Extended Pay Freeze Spared For Now

By on December 23, 2011 in Current Events with 38 Comments

The heated debates in Congress over extending the payroll tax cut have come to a temporary end just in time for Christmas. Absent from the current agreement: a one year extension of the pay freeze and modifications to the federal retirement system.

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Rumor of the Day: Interim Retirement Payments to be Canceled by OPM?

By on December 23, 2011 in Current Events, Retirement with 51 Comments

With proposed changes to federal pay and benefits swirling in Congress, rumors start and spread quickly. One that recently surfaced: OPM is canceling interim retirement payments. Here is the answer from the agency.

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A Common Misconception about the FERS Annuity Supplement

By on December 22, 2011 in Retirement with 36 Comments

The FERS annuity supplement is commonly believed to be linked to the Social Security Administration (SSA), even to the point where some believe the benefit is actually administered by SSA rather than the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), but this is not the case.

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How Much Money Are You Losing Under the Pay Freeze?

By on December 22, 2011 in Current Events with 66 Comments

A union has recently published a pay freeze calculator that purports to let federal employees determine how much money they are losing under a two or three year pay freeze based on their current annual salaries.

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