A list of some questions and answers about a government shutdown including topics such as veterans’ pensions, pay for the military, and distribution of benefits.
Federal employees who have had military service after January 1, 1957 have the opportunity to make a deposit and have that military time count for both their CSRS or FERS retirement and for Social Security. In most instances it makes a great deal of sense to buy the military time, but there are exceptions.
In a recent decision, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission affirmed an Administrative Judge’s decision finding the Department of Defense liable for illegal disability discrimination.
Should you elect a survivor benefit for your spouse? You must pay for survivor benefits out of your annuity. Here are the costs and some of the considerations when you make this decision.
Do federal managers take disciplinary action only when absolutely necessary?
This is part two of Steve Oppermann’s article on “Veterans Chalk up Wins at MSPB and Court” and a string of wins for veterans in recent cases.
COLA’s and pay raises are of interest to virtually all of our readers. There is also confusion about who gets what increase. Here is a brief explanation of the 2009 COLA and the 2009 federal employee pay raise–and why you do not get both a pay raise and a COLA.
How do you deal with “Cants” in the federal government? These are people who are not necessarily devious, lazy or malevolent but they are incompetent and cannot do all of what they are being paid to do–but may still cost $100,000 a year or more in salary and overhead. Here are tips for agencies on where to begin.
When you leave federal service before being eligible for retirement, what are the implications of taking a lump sum payment? This former Navy employee discovered the answer.
If you are a federal employee and do not know your MRA (Minimum Retirement Age), you are probably in the CSRS system. There is a financial penalty for FERS retirees who leave government under the MRA +10 provision. Look before you leap!