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3 Types of HMOs in the FEHB Program

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 a particular HMO if you live within its service area. Some plans also accept enrollments from employees who work in the area even though...

Disallowed Travel Claims by Federal Employees

Any federal employee who has traveled for work must submit his or her travel claim in accordance with administrative procedures prescribed by their agency. Unless the agency administratively requires the employee to submit his or her travel claim within a shorter timeframe, the employee must submit the travel claim within 5 working days after completing the trip or period of travel, or every 30 days if the employee is on continuous travel status. But what happens if your claim is disallowed? Do you have any recourse? Yes,...

Recruitment Incentive Payments for Federal Employees

Any federal agency may pay a recruitment incentive to a newly-appointed employee if the agency has determined that the position is likely to be difficult to fill in the absence of an incentive. Covered Positions A recruitment incentive may be paid to an eligible individual who is appointed to a General Schedule (GS), senior level (SL), scientific or professional (ST), Senior Executive Service (SES), Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration (FBI/DEA) SES, Executive Schedule (EX), law enforcement...

Alternative Qualifications for Federal Employment Act

Last week, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the Alternative Qualifications for Federal Employment Act, legislation that would allow federal agencies to hire job candidates who possess educational credentials or training from "alternative providers," rather than from a traditional college or university. The act would establish a five-year pilot program to allow those individuals to be hired into certain predetermined agency positions. Lawmakers would later examine the results of the pilot to develop future hiring...

Government Credit Card Misuse Could Lead To Firing

"Disciplinary actions should include dismissal, as appropriate." Those words are part of a memo from the Office of Management and Budget just released, which spells out potential penalties that could be imposed on federal employees who misuse government credit cards under a law passed last year. Penalties developed as part of the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act were developed jointly by agency charge card management personnel and human resources components. The memo also stated that penalties "will include salary...

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