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!
The Postal Service reached a settlement with an employee being demoted. The former postmaster was to apply for disability retirement and the agency was to cooperate and facilitate his application. A federal court says the agency did not live up to its end of the bargain and send the case back to the MSPB.
What is the view of those who work within the government? Do taxpayers get a good return for their tax dollars?
Many federal retirees will get a cost of living boost next year of 3.3 percent. But active federal employees will get something less–perhaps the same 2.2 percent approved for military personnel or perhaps 2.7 percent.
The annual COLA increase for federal retirees is still going up and will become effective in January 2007.
A former federal employee hired an attorney for two cases. Unfortunately for the former fed, the attorney did not make any arguments on the case the court had the authority to review.