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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...

Newly Hired Federal Employees Must Contribute More to Retirement

Congress finally came together on a budget deal without resorting to shutdown threats again. Federal retirement benefits have increased by 1.5 percent for those retired under CSRS and those under FERS who are eligible for COLAS. The increase also applies to Social Security, military retirement and survivor benefits. However, the budget deal also imposed a different kind of increase. Starting January 1, new federal employees' mandatory retirement contributions have risen an additional 1.3 percent of salary—bringing the total...

Thank You, Federal Employees

Regardless of which side of the aisle you support (if any), a "thank you" to federal employees is long overdue. Happy Friday, everyone. Glad you're back to work.

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...

Becoming Disabled While a Federal Employee

If you are a federal employee and become mentally or physically unable to handle your own money, a family member or someone helping you should contact OPM as soon as possible. When your family member or friends contact OPM, they will receive full instructions on what to do to take care of your retirement benefit for you. They will be asked for identifying information such as your claim number, name, and Social Security Number, as well as the name and address of the person responsible for your care.   Powers of Attorney The...

US Department of Education – Education Benefits

The US Department of Education, like many federal agencies, offers education benefits designed not only to provide financial assistance but to offer valuable experience. In many cases, these benefits are extended not only to agency employees, but to anyone who meets the qualifications. Please note that qualification requirements for these benefits may change over time. Contact the agency directly with any questions or to apply.   Department of Commerce (DOC) Internship Program for Post-Secondary Students WHAT...

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