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Errors in Withholdings and Contributions

Payroll offices must adjust errors in withholdings and contributions on a subsequent payroll and must include the adjustments in a subsequent withholdings and contributions report. Your employing office must ensure that your individual payroll record shows not only the regular (current) deductions for health benefits withholdings, but also the adjustments. Where annual appropriations are involved and the fiscal year changes between the processing of the erroneous withholdings and/or contributions and the processing of the adjustment,...

Senate Ends Tax Penalty for Retired Federal Officers

Federal law enforcement officers and firefighters will soon be able to withdraw funds from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) after the age of 50 without a tax penalty. The legislation cutting the penalty was passed unanimously by the Senate June 4. The House passed a similar version of the legislation last month, but must now take up the Senate's amended version of the bill. Under current law, federal law enforcement officers are eligible to retire after 20 years of service at age 50 and must retire in many cases...

Cyber Security Breach at the OPM

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 04, 2015 Contact: Sam Schumach Tel: (202) 606-2402 OPM to Notify Employees of Cybersecurity Incident WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified a cybersecurity incident potentially affecting personnel data for current and former federal employees, including personally identifiable information (PII). Within the last year, the OPM has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding numerous...

Repost from OPM Director: Celebrating Every Member of our Federal Family

June 3, 2015 As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, I want to proudly reinforce my continued commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of our Federal family, and recognize the incredible contributions this community has made in service to the American people. We better serve the American people when our Federal workforce draws from and honors the unique talents and experiences of individuals from every community across this great country. Though we tackle tough challenges each and every day, the diversity...

FEHB Enrollment With Military Service

Federal employees who elect to serve in the military can continue their FEHB coverage during their service. Entry into Military Service For 30 days or Less If you enter one of the uniformed services for 30 days or less, your FEHB enrollment will continue without change. Withholdings and Government contributions will also continue, as long as you are in pay status or until your military orders are changed so that your period of duty is more than 30 days. Entry into Military Service For More Than 30 Days If you enter...

Enrolling in FERS

New Employees Most new employees hired after December 31, 1983, are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). The exceptions are employees in appointments that are limited to 1 year or less, most intermittent employees, anyone who is not eligible for Social Security coverage, or certain persons with non-Federal service which is creditable under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Rehires and Conversions  The general rules on whether you are covered by CSRS, CSRS Offset, or FERS...

Working at the DoD

As the single largest employer on the planet, with more than 3 million employees and responsibility for more than one half of the entire federal budget, the Department of Defense is a prime target of any exiting service member who wishes to continue to use their talents to defend our country. The role of the Department of Defense is to oversee agencies responsible for national security and armed forces, which means it holds opportunity for a wide variety of people. It is, according to their own reports, the largest employer...

Veteran’s Preferential Hiring Practices

Veterans have made incredible sacrifices for the well-being of their country. If they choose to leave the military and desire a second career in the civil service, a federal job, they have earned the benefit of two key tools that may give them an edge in obtaining the job they desire. These tools are Veterans Preference Points and Veteran’s Recruitment Appointment. These preferential hiring treatments do not guarantee employment, nor are they enacted specifically in order to place a veteran in every federal job vacancy....

GAO Sees Transparency Trouble with HHS and Medicaid Programs

The Government Accountability Office released a report today which says the Department of Health and Human Services lacks transparency in how it makes approval decisions about billions of dollars in experimental projects in the Medicaid program. At issue are "1115 waivers" that the federal government grants to allow states to run test programs that would not otherwise be allowed under Medicaid. For example, states could alter the eligibility or benefits under Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor. HHS...

Role of Employee Performance in RIF Decisions Would Change Under New House Plan

Under the annual DoD authorization bill up for vote in the House Armed Services Committee, the DoD would be instructed to put employees’ performance above other factors such as longevity in RIFs. The “chairman’s mark,” a starting document for voting on the bill, criticizes the Pentagon for not making reductions its civilian federal workforce—as well as in its contractor workforce–equivalent to the reductions in military personnel. The DoD would be required to “consider performance...

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