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Federal Agencies Will See a Hiring Spree in 2015

Agencies bouncing back from sequestration cuts and years of hiring freezes are hiring more than 72,000 federal employees in 2015, according to figures from the Office of Management and Budget. In many cases agencies will return to 2013 levels. The Defense Department fell from 738,000 civilian employees in 2013 to 724,000 in 2014. In 2015 the agency is hiring about 20,600 employees. The Defense Department will be using those new hires to bolster its cyber, acquisition and shipyard workforces, according to spokesman Nate...

House Passes Bill to Fund VA

The House of Representatives has moved to fund the Veterans Administration through the shutdown and into fiscal year 2014. The House passed the bill, H.J. Res. 72., on Thursday, October 3rd, with overwhelming Republican support. Democrat opposition was strong, but they still got 35 Democrats to sign on as well. The final vote was 259 in favor, 157 opposed. The bill, dubbed the “Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act,” restores funding for disability compensation, monthly stipends under the GI Bill...

Government Shutdowns Affect Pay Differently

Another government shutdown is being discussed in Washington, and that always creates confusion over how it would affect the paychecks of government employees, including active duty military. So what exactly does the government have to pay and to whom? Military personnel Active duty personnel are still required to report for duty, but their scheduled payments would be halted or staggered, at least temporarily. Once legislation is passed to get the government moving again, military members would be compensated for duty...

Shutdown Would Kill off VA Claims Processing – but Medical Care Will Go On

While the large majority of Veterans Affairs employees, including clinical staff, will not be furloughed in the event of a government shutdown next week, about 20,000 VA workers do face the prospect of being laid off of work for a time. According to reporting from USA Today, some 20,000 VA employees stand to lose their jobs temporarily while Congress locks horns over a budget. These VA workers primarily work in claims processing and in Veterans Group Life Insurance. VA Medical Centers, however, will still operate, as will...

Obama says if debt ceiling is not raised, federal employees won’t get paid

In a press conference yesterday, President Obama said that federal employees and military service members will not get paid if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling. The federal government reached its debt limit Dec. 31, but Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said last month he could finagle another two months or so by taking so-called “extraordinary measures” before the debt ceiling would have to be raised. That implied Congress had more time to act and the government could keep running as-is until the end of February....

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