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Working at the DoD

As the single largest employer on the planet, with more than 3 million employees and responsibility for more than one half of the entire federal budget, the Department of Defense is a prime target of any exiting service member who wishes to continue to use their talents to defend our country. The role of the Department of Defense is to oversee agencies responsible for national security and armed forces, which means it holds opportunity for a wide variety of people. It is, according to their own reports, the largest employer...

Veteran’s Preferential Hiring Practices

Veterans have made incredible sacrifices for the well-being of their country. If they choose to leave the military and desire a second career in the civil service, a federal job, they have earned the benefit of two key tools that may give them an edge in obtaining the job they desire. These tools are Veterans Preference Points and Veteran’s Recruitment Appointment. These preferential hiring treatments do not guarantee employment, nor are they enacted specifically in order to place a veteran in every federal job vacancy....

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...

DoD Stands Against Another Round of Base Closings

The Pentagon has a new proposal for another round of base realignments and closings. These typically result in the loss or relocation of many thousands of civilian DoD employee jobs. The House Armed Services Committee has announced its plans to vote to reject the measure. The DoD has said that if its proposal to form another "BRAC" commission is rejected again, it would look into other ways of shuttering facilities, estimating that it already has around 25 percent excess capacity. The new commission would not take effect...

Federal Employment Retirement Benefit Formula

Benefit Formula How your benefit is calculated as follows. Your benefit is based on your “high-3 average pay.” This is figured by averaging your highest basic pay over any 3 consecutive years of creditable service. Generally, your benefit is calculated according to this formula: 1% of your high-3 average pay  X  years of creditable service If you retire at age 62 or later with at least 20 years of service, a factor of 1.1% is used rather than 1%. To determine your length of service for computation,...

2014 Federal Handbooks Now Available

ARLINGTON, VA - Federal Handbooks has released their FREE 2014 handbooks for federal employees. These handbooks, written specifically for federal agency employees, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education, travel, healthcare and retirement. Download any of the handbooks for FREE or purchase a printed copy. Don't forget to tell all of your federal colleagues about these free handbooks too! 2014 Federal Handbooks - Now Available - 2014 FEDERAL RETIREMENT HANDBOOK - 2014 FEDERAL HEALTH BENEFITS...

How Is the Shutdown Affecting You?

We are wrapping up Day 3 of the federal government shutdown. Several pundits didn't think a shutdown would happen, or that it would be over in 48 hours. Some are expecting a deal on Friday. What we want to know is how it has affected you so far? Are you a furloughed employee or contractor? Do you have enough money put aside to deal with the loss of pay, even if it's just for a few days? Tell us in the comments, as well as your predictions for how or when the shutdown will end.    

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...

Loans Available in the Federal Student Loan Repayment Program

Yesterday, we looked at an overview of the Federal Student Loan Repayment Program. Here is a list of the loans that qualify under the student loan repayment program that you should consider: Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL): •  Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans •  Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans •  Federal PLUS Loans •  Federal Consolidation Loans   William D. Ford Direct Loan Program (Direct Loans): •  Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans •...

Federal Student Loan Repayment Program Eligibility for Federal Employees

The federal student loan repayment program permits agencies to repay federally insured student loans as a recruitment or retention incentive for candidates or current employees of the agency.  The program authorizes agencies to set up their own student loan repayment programs to attract or retain highly qualified employees. Be aware that employees are not automatically entitled to a student loan repayment. Agencies have discretionary authority to repay certain types of federally insured student loans as a recruitment or retention...

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