Feds participating in the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program will now be able to rollover up to $500 from one year to the next in unspent funds from their limited expense and health care flexible spending accounts.
Office of Personnel Management asks agencies to consider how the proposed across-the-board 1 percent pay increase for all federal employees will impact the special rates some employees salaries are calculated on.
The rule comes more than two years after President Barack Obama signed the provision into law on July 6, 2012. Under the final rule, eligible employees can work part time while drawing on part of their earned retirement benefits. Phased retirees must also spend at least 20 percent of their time mentoring other employees.
There’s growing consensus on Capitol Hill and from the Obama administration that the pay and personnel system used by the federal government since 1949 and infrequently updated is showing its age — and due for a major facelift. Lawmakers probed the General Schedule system Tuesday during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census.
Benefits expert John Elliott will discuss what you should be doing to prepare for retirement, and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta will talk about the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues. July 9, 2014
Two letters sent from Capitol Hill in call for the Office of Personnel Management to explain why it’s taking so long to release final phased retirement regulations, and demand a revised timeline for action. Phased retirement was passed into law two years ago this week.
OPM’s Katherine Archuleta and HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration release a memo providing guidance to agency leaders about how to identify individuals in mental health distress. The guidance also offers resources to federal employees looking for help.
On this week’s Your Turn radio show, an encore presentation of host Mike Causey’s interview with OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. She discusses the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues. Andy Medici from the Federal Times joins the show live to discuss President Obama’s executive order banning discrimination among LGBT employees of contractors. June 18, 2014
The deadline for the annual Employee Viewpoint Survey is rapidly approaching. Federal employees selected to participate in the survey &dmash; gauging employee morale and views of agency management — have until Friday to complete the survey. As of Tuesday morning, about 330,000 employees have completed the online survey, OPM officials said in a press call with reporters. Another 80,000 or so are still in the process of completing the survey.
The Office of Personnel Management now says it hopes to have regulations governing phased retirement finalized by October. That can’t come soon enough for many federal employees on the cusp of retirement who are caught in the regulatory limbo.