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Temporary and Term Appointments of Federal Employees

Temporary and term appointments are used to fill positions when there is not a continuing need for the job to be filled. Neither type of appointment is a permanent one, so they do not give the employee competitive status or reinstatement eligibility. Because temporary and term employees do not have status, they may not apply for permanent appointments through agency internal merit promotion procedures, which are used for filling positions from the ranks of current and former permanent Federal employees. However, qualifying experience...

Time Limits for Electing Temporary Continuation of Healthcare Coverage

If you are a separating employee, you must submit your Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) election to your employing office within 60 days after the date of your separation or 65 days after the date of your employing office’s notice, whichever is later. Your eligible child must submit his or her TCC election to your employing office within either: • 60 days after the date of the qualifying event, if you (the enrollee) did not notify your employing office within the required 60-day notification...

Coordination of Debt Repayments with Retirement or Workers’ Compensation

When you apply for disability retirement or workers' compensation benefits, your annuity or compensation is generally payable from the day following your last day of pay. If you are eligible to continue health benefits coverage, the employee share is withheld from your annuity or compensation retroactive to the beginning date of the annuity or compensation payments. If you have not made payments to your employing office for coverage during leave without pay status (either directly or through collection of the debt),...

Reader Question: Federal Student Loan Repayment Program

Q: I was recruited for my job with the promise that some of my student loans would be repaid by the agency I work for. I've noticed on my pay stubs that I am paying taxes on this. Is that correct? A: First, congratulations on the job! To answer your question, the federal student loan repayment program does allow agencies to repay federally insured student loans as a recruitment incentive for job candidates. The program authorizes agencies to set up their own student loan repayment programs to attract or retain highly...

Performance Management Process for Federal Employees

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...

Prep Your Healthcare Coverage Before Retirement

Retirement planning takes a lot of work. It is often advised to have a plan starting 5 years from your expected retirement date. One area of concern is health coverage, but it doesn't need to be one that worries you. It's one of the easiest parts of your plan to prep. If You Want to Continue Your Health Benefits Coverage... If you meet all the requirements, you don’t need to do anything to have your same health benefits enrollment continue after your retirement. If You Want to Cancel or Change Your Health Benefits...

Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) Plus 10 Annuity under FERS

A Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) plus ten annuity under the Federal Employees Retirement System is a provision that allows you to retire with benefits beginning immediately if you have ten years of service and have reached the Minimum Retirement Age (at least 55). However, the annuity is reduced for each month you are under age 62. The reduction equals five percent per year (or 5/12 of one percent per month). To avoid the reduction, you can postpone payment. You can later apply for the benefit by writing to OPM or filing...

Supreme Court Upholds Whisleblower Protections

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that government workers who speak out on issues beyond their own disciplines are protected against employer retaliation, a decision that encouraged advocates for federal whistleblowers. The case -- Lane v. Franks -- involved Edward Lane, a youth program director at a community college in Alabama, who was fired by college president Steve Franks after he testified in a public corruption trial involving a state legislator on the college payroll who performed no work. Lane fired the legislator,...

Coordinating Federal Employee Healthcare Benefits with Medicare

If you or a covered family member is entitled to benefits from a source other than your FEHB plan, such as Medicare, those benefits will need to be “coordinated.” “Coordination of benefits” means that when you are covered by more than one type of insurance that covers the same health care expenses, one pays its benefits in full as the primary payer and the others pay a reduced benefit as a secondary or third payer. When the primary payer doesn’t cover a particular service but the secondary...

Time Off Awards for Federal Employees

Time–off awards are a unique form of award agencies can grant Federal employees. (The other forms of awards are cash, honorary items, and informal recognition items). Agencies decide when and how to use time–off awards to enhance their overall awards program and support the achievement of the agency’s goals and mission. Major features of time-off awards include the following: ` • Time–off awards do not require additional funding or cash disbursement by agencies. Because the form of the award...

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