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Shared Cost of Healthcare for Federal Employees

Generally, if you are a Federal employee or annuitant, you share the cost of your health benefits coverage with the government as your employer. Temporary employees, former spouses enrolled under spouse equity provisions, and most persons covered under temporary continuation of coverage (TCC) do not receive a government contribution towards the cost of their health benefits. The government’s share of premiums paid is set by law. Amendments to the FEHB law under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33, approved...

Secretary Of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Statement on Reducing Civilian Furloughs

Tuesday, Secretary Hagel released a statement on the civilian furloughs in place because of sequestration. "When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to find the money to reduce furlough days for our people. ... As part of that effort at the Department of Defense, I am announcing today that, thanks to the DoD’s efforts to identify savings and help from Congress, we will...

What To Ask — And NOT To Ask — In a Job Interview

It’s not just the answers you give during a job interview that can determine whether or not you get the offer of your dreams. Sometimes, it’s the questions you ask. Staffing firm giant Robert Half International, Inc., recently worked with OfficeTeam to survey human resources managers for their most surprising question from an interviewee. Their answers will likely surprise you, too. For example, job seekers actually asked: Do I have to be at work every day? Would you consider going on a date with me? Is...

US Department of Health and Human Services Education Benefits

The United States Department of Health and Human Services, 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.   Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals...

Civilian Hiring Still On Hold at DoD

As deep cuts in defense spending continue to take hold, the Secretary of Defense has notified Congress that the DoD will be forced to take some draconian measures come fiscal year 2014.. With an ongoing war in Afghanistan, the Secretary of Defense must find an additional $52 billion in cuts to make, hopefully without harming the war effort. As part of that plan, the Secretary of Defense told Congress, through a letter, that the combination of cutbacks could include some items that are deeply painful for military servicemembers...

Reductions in Force: Running Registers, Retreat, and Bumping and Retreating

Agencies turn to a Reduction in Force (RIF) when they need to separate or downgrade employees due to reorganization, lack of work, shortage of funds, insufficient personnel ceiling, or the exercise of certain reemployment or restoration rights. The agency has the responsibility to decide whether a RIF is necessary, when it will take place, and what positions are to be abolished.   Running Registers Putting employees in RIF’s retention order is commonly referred to in personnel as “running a register.”...

Premium Conversion Option for Federal Health Benefits

Premium conversion is a tax benefit. It allows you to allot a portion of your pay to your employer, who will in turn use that amount to pay your contribution for FEHB coverage.  This allotment is made on a pre-tax basis, which means that the money is not subject to Federal income, Medicare, or Social Security taxes, and in most cases, state and local taxes. The allotment reduces your taxable income, so less tax is withheld, and your paycheck is larger.   Eligibility You are eligible to have your FEHB premiums...

Job Hunt Resources: Maryland’s Mil2FedJobs Website

Many veterans trying to transition to the civilian work force don’t know where to begin. They know the military vocabulary very well, of course, and how their skill set fits in in the military context. But taking those skills and translating them into language that translates into a compelling statement of how their skills will benefit the employer is a tough challenge for many. Fortunately, the State of Maryland has created a resource that may make the transition much easier. Maryland is, of course, adjacent to Washington,...

Federal Employee Recruitment Incentives

An 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...

Eligibility for Health Benefits after Federal Retirement

When you retire, you are eligible to continue health benefits coverage if you meet all of the following requirements: •  you are entitled to retire on an immediate annuity under a retirement system for civilian employees (including FERS MRA + 10 retirements); and •  you have been continuously enrolled (or covered as a family member) in any FEHB plan(s) for the 5 years of service immediately before the date your annuity starts, or for the full period(s) of service since your first opportunity...

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