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Archive: Federal Employee Benefits

12Apr

2019

You may have recently come across news stating that President Trump is looking to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). While on the surface this may seem like an apocalyptic scenario for federal employees, the history surrounding the agency…

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21Jan

2019

Monday, January 21, 2019, marks the day that the shutdown has dragged on past the 30-day mark. This means agencies must send a 2nd furlough notice to non-excepted employees. “After the first 30 days in a furlough status, agencies are…

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17Jan

2019

It’s not just federal agencies and employees who are feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown. Small business owners are as well. That’s because agencies like the Small Business Administration and Internal Revenue Service are not providing information or…

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16Jan

2019

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is planning a “significant launch promotion” beginning this month to implement the Thrift Savings Plan changes stemming from the TSP Modernization Act. Congress imposed a deadline for these changes of November 1st, but the…

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14Jan

2019

We are nearing one month of this partial government shutdown and many federal employees are wondering about leave, pay, or what happens if they can’t pay their bills, i.e. mortgage. Here are a few reminders, and new bills, to help…

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10Jan

2019

Federal employees facing missing check Friday. Major media reported on the situation for federal employees who are facing a coming payday in which they may not be paid. NBC Nightly News (1/9, story 5, 1:30, Holt, 8.42M) reported, “For millions…

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26Dec

2018

Medicare Part D is a voluntary prescription drug program for Medicare beneficiaries. It gives access to retail outpatient prescription drugs at reduced rates. Retirees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program often wonder whether they should sign up for Part…

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19Dec

2018

With a federal government shutdown possible at the end of this week, a lot of information is being released about who would get furloughed and which agencies would shut down. During a shutdown, the government “must discontinue all non-essential discretionary…

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18Dec

2018

Lawmakers have until this Friday, December 21st to finalize funding for several agencies to avoid a partial government shutdown. Not all agencies, however, will be affected. Congress has already funded close to 75% of the government through September 2019. Only…

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17Dec

2018

The Department of Health and Human Services had proposed limiting telework to 1 day a week or potentially eliminating the program altogether. The Department and the National Treasury Employees Union are in final negotiations, as mandated by the Federal Service…

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