Archive for January, 2012

How Is Your Federal Employee Retirement Income Taxed?

By on January 31, 2012 in Current Events, Retirement with 36 Comments

Exactly how is your retirement income taxed for federal income tax purposes? The author breaks it down piece by piece.

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CBO: Federal Compensation 16% Higher Than Private Sector

By on January 30, 2012 in Current Events with 342 Comments

The Congressional Budget Office has released a study comparing pay and benefits of federal workers to workers in the private sector across wages, benefits and total compensation (wages plus benefits). On average, federal employees came out ahead in each case.

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D.C. Circuit Slams FLRA on Permitting Violations of Appropriation Law

By on January 30, 2012 in Court Cases, Current Events with 8 Comments

In a very recent case before the DC Circuit, the court slammed the Federal Labor Relations Authority again for interpreting law other than its own. In what appears a sweeping decision that may reverse the effect of many years of FLRA Negotiability determinations, the Court found that absent specific appropriations language, an Agency would violate the legal prohibition against use of appropriated funds for employees’ personal expenses. Pay attention to this decision.

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Employee Claims He 'Previously Worked as a Psychic'

By on January 29, 2012 in Court Cases, Current Events with 10 Comments

In Kennington v. Merit Systems Protection Board, CAFC No. 2011-3192 (nonprecedential), 12/13/11, the court recounts what many would view as odd behavior, including claims from the employee that he “previously worked as a psychic” and “could communicate with angels, God, and Jesus.”

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The Practical Effects of the Proposed Pension Changes

By on January 26, 2012 in Retirement with 135 Comments

The author illustrates a hypothetical scenario of two FERS employees with identical salary histories to show the dramatic impact the recently proposed pension reduction bill, as currently written, would have on future federal retirees.

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Bill Introduced to Reduce Federal Workers' Pensions

By on January 25, 2012 in Current Events with 158 Comments

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) has introduced legislation that would increase the amount federal employees would be required to pay towards their retirement plans and eliminate the FERS annuity supplement after 2012.

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Dems: It Would Be 'Unfair and Illogical' to Target Federal Workers in Payroll Tax Cut Deal

By on January 25, 2012 in Current Events with 17 Comments

17 Democrats in Congress sent a letter urging the conference committee considering legislation to extend the payroll tax cut through 2012 to oppose any additional cuts to the pay or benefits of Federal employees as part of the deal.

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Chaffetz: Federal Employees Who Don't Pay Their Taxes 'Should Be Fired'

By on January 24, 2012 in Current Events with 244 Comments

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) expressed his disappointment in a recent statement about the 3% increase in the amount of tax delinquent debt incurred by federal employees and reiterated the need to pass his proposed legislation that would terminate federal employees with serious delinquent tax debt.

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Become a Better Writer in 2012

By on January 24, 2012 in Current Events, Leadership with 2 Comments

If you’re looking for a few easy-to-try ideas to help you write better documents like memos, reports and emails, let me suggest the following.

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Back to the Future: OPM and the Federal Employee Retirement Tsunami

By on January 23, 2012 in Retirement with 72 Comments

Readers have been complaining about how long it takes OPM to process their retirement applications. In a “back to the future” moment, OPM has announced a new effort to get rid of the backlog. How? By hiring more people and creating higher production standards.

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