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Emergency Travel for Federal Employees

Emergency situations sometimes arise when employees are on TDY, causing them to have to return home or receive treatment at their temporary duty location. This chapter addresses the circumstances under which the agency will pay an employee’s expenses when such an emergency occurs. Emergency travel is travel that results from: —  The employee’s becoming incapacitated by illness or injury not due to the employee’s own misconduct; —  The death or serious illness of a member of the employee’s...

Transgender Federal Employee Wins Discrimination Case

Tamara Lusardi was working in the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (“AMRDEC”) in Redstone, Ala., when she transitioned from male to female in 2010. According to a report released by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the Army improperly restricted her restroom usage, referred to her with male pronouns and by her birth name and stopped giving her work at that time. In a landmark ruling issued on April 1, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found...

Tax Delinquency Among Federal Employees Is a Growing Problem

The recently IRS’s 2014 tax delinquency report identified nearly 100,000 federal employees who haven’t paid their taxes, resulting in a loss of more than $1 billion to the federal treasury. This week the House of Representatives will consider two bills to hold federal employees and federal contractors accountable for their tax delinquent status. The bills provide that individuals with “seriously delinquent tax debts” would be ineligible for federal employment or federal contracts. Those who are in the process...

12 Prohibited Federal Employee Personnel Practices

Twelve prohibited personnel practices, including reprisal for whistleblowing, are defined by law at § 2302(b) of title 5 of the United States Code (U.S.C.). A personnel action (such as an appointment, promotion, reassignment, or suspension) may need to be involved for a prohibited personnel practice to occur. Generally stated, § 2302(b) provides that a federal employee authorized to take, direct others to take, recommend or approve any personnel action may not: 1. discriminate against an employee or applicant based on race,...

Windfall Elimination Provision

If you receive a federal pension and are also eligible for Social Security benefits based on your own employment record, a different formula may be used to compute your Social Security benefit. This formula will result in a lower benefit. The Windfall Elimination Provision affects workers who reach age 62 or become disabled after 1985 and are first eligible after 1985 for a federal pension. The Windfall Elimination Provision does not apply if: You were eligible to retire before January 1, 1986; or You were first employed...

HMOs in the FEHB Program

Two types of plans participate in the FEHB Program: fee-for-service plans and health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Health Maintenance Organizations Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) provide or arrange for comprehensive health care services on a prepaid basis through designated plan physicians, hospitals, and other providers in particular locations. Each HMO sets a geographic area for which health care services will be available, called its service area. This area is described in the plan’s brochure. You may join...

Fee-for-Service Plans in the FEHB Program

Two types of plans participate in the FEHB Program: fee-for-service plans and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) Fee-for-Service Plans These plans reimburse you or your health care provider for the cost of covered services. You may choose your own physician, hospital, and other health care providers. Most fee-for-service plans have preferred provider (PPO) arrangements. If you receive services from a preferred provider, you usually have lower out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., a smaller copayment and/or a reduced or waived...

Types of FEHBP Enrollment

In the FEHBP, there are two types of enrollment available, self only and self and family enrollment. Self Only A self only enrollment provides benefits only for you as the enrollee. You may enroll for self only even though you have a family, but they will not be eligible for FEHB coverage (even upon your death or disability). Self and Family A self and family enrollment provides benefits for you and your eligible family members. All of your eligible family members are automatically covered, even if you didn’t...

Reimbursement for using a rental car

Federal employees who must travel for work end up with various costs, most of which can be reimbursed. If you're traveling with your job and use rental vehicles, here's what you need to know. Rental Vehicles To use a rental vehicle, the agency must determine that such use is advantageous to the Government and must specifically authorize such use. With respect to being reimbursed for the cost of collision damage waiver (CDW) or theft insurance, the general rule is that the employee will not be reimbursed for CDW or theft...

Federal Employee Performance Management

Performance management is the systematic process by which an agency involves its employees, as individuals and members of a group, in improving organizational effectiveness in the accomplishment of agency mission and goals. Employee performance management includes: —  planning work and setting expectations, —  continually monitoring performance, —  developing the capacity to perform, —  periodically rating performance in a summary fashion, and —  rewarding good...

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