No Federal Survivor Annuity After 35 Years of Marriage

After some thirty-five years of marriage, a woman filed for divorce. Before the divorce was finalized, her husband retired from the Army. He elected a survivor’s annuity for his spouse even though they were in the process of getting a divorce. When the ex wife filed paperwork with OPM to receive her survivor annuity after her former husband died, the agency turned her down and the court upholds the ruling to deny her the annuity.

Federal Compensation: Too High, Too Low or About Right? Readers Offer Their Opinions

The federal salary war is not going away with debating experts throwing around statistics that reach opposite conclusions. What do readers think of their salary and compensation package? Is it too high, too low or about right? Should OPM conduct a study of the compensation package for federal employees that would involve objective participants from outside the federal government to eliminate controversy over federal pay? Here are the results.

HR Bashing, Avoiding Facts and Chief Human Capital Officers: A Study in Political Correctness

The author asks the reader to go with him through Alice’s looking glass for a tour of the world of human resources management in our nation’s capitol. Up is down, down is sideways as Agency chief human capital officers thread their way through the minefield of identifying what might be amiss in the U.S. civil service.

The Federal Employees’ Cookbook

New people bring new ideas. OPM’s John Berry has been creative by urging time off for some in DC to get an extra hour to walk to the cherry blossoms and, later this week, hosting an event to come up with new recipes from federal employees to go into a federal government cookbook.