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Civil Service Employment Opportunities for Military Spouses

Civil Service employment opportunities are some of the best jobs out there today. Also known as government jobs, civil service jobs are fantastic places to look for work if you are a military spouse. As the spouse of an active duty service member, you have hiring preference for these jobs under the Military Spouse Preference Program (MSP) and the Family Member Preference Program. Moreover, once you have worked for one section of the civil service, you have two Civil Service hiring preferences on your side: you are a former...

Federal Employment Options for Members of the Armed Services

Employment of Retired Members of the Uniformed Services The reduction to military retired or retainer pay for retired officers of a regular component in the uniformed services because of employment by the Federal Government, as well as a capping of the combined civilian pay and military retired or retainer pay at Executive Level V, are no longer applicable. Section 651, Public Law 106-65, October 5, 1999, repealed section 5532 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) effective October 1, 1999. As a result, neither reductions...

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...

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...

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,...

CFPB orders return of finance fees to military service members

The Defense Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a settlement in an enforcement action involving faulty auto loans that will result in financial institutions paying refunds to about 50,000 military service members. The CFPB ordered U.S. Bank and one of its nonbank partners, Dealers Financial Services, to return about $6.5 million to service members, according to CFPB Director Richard Cordray. The two companies created MILES — the Military Installment Loans and Educational Services...

How to Find a Federal Job

After serving in the military, many service members believe that a natural transition for their career is a job with the federal government. The path to a job is not always smooth, however, for those seeking employment with the federal government. For those unfamiliar with the system, it can sometimes seem that the hiring process is not of this planet. This article seeks to offer an overview of the beginning of the process; that is, how to find a job with the government, prepare your application documents and apply. Finding...

Webinar Series for Vets, Transitioning Military and Federal Employees

Grantham University is offering 2 series of complimentary webinars by their Career Services team. The series have been created to cover a variety of topics pertaining to the unique challenges in today's job market for transitioning service members and veterans. Shanna Fowler, career services manager, said "A common setback faced by transitioning service members is how to translate military experiences into corporate language — and how to best highlight their wide variety of skill sets for a specific position." Many...

Deal to Raise Employees’ Retirement Contribution

Federal negotiators stuck a deal in mid-February to significantly increase future federal employees' retirement contributions which will help pay for an extension is unemployment benefits. According to the American Federation of Government Employees, newly hired and rehired federal employees would have 3.1% of each paycheck put toward their Federal Employees Retirement System pensions. The current contribution rate is only 0.8%, so that amounts to a 2.3% increase. The increase will affect new hires and rehires beginning...

2012 Leave Chart

This leave chart is intended for Federal employees and will assist you in planning for federal holidays, annual leave, sick leave and comp time. The Excel version is a convenient way to calculate your balance of used leave throughout the year. Simply click HERE to download it.

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