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  1. Viewed 328 Times2010 Federal Leave Chart / Record / Calendar
    Keep track of your 2010 federal leave with this handy calendar -- downloadable in both PDF and Excel spreadsheet formats.

    This federal employee leave chart will assist you in planning for federal holidays, annual leave, sick leave and comp time. The Excel spreadsheet version provides a convenient way to calculate your balance of used leave throughout the year.

    Click here to access the free 2010 federal leave chart.

    The leave charts are available as a courtesy from GEICO.

    Posted with... [Read More]
  2. Viewed 286 Times2010 Federal Employee Travel Per Diem Rates
    The General Services Administration (GSA) has released the 2010 federal employee travel per diem rates, which apply to travel from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.

    To view or download the new per diem rates for the continental United States (CONUS), go to: GSA - Domestic Per Diem Rates

    Posted with Permission from: MyFederalRetirement.com



    2010 Federal Employee Travel Per Diem Rates
  3. Viewed 294 Times2009 Federal Benefits (FEHB) Open Season: New Premium Rates, Plan Brochures And Comparison Tools Now
    Ocotober 15, 2009

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released the plan brochures and comparison tools for the 2009 Federal Benefits Open Season, which will run from November 9 through December 14, 2009.

    * Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program

    * Dental Insurance (FEDVIP)

    * Vison Insurance (FEDVIP)

    * Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS). (EMPLOYEES ONLY)


    Why is the 2009 Federal Benefits Open Season important?

    Most FEHB plans will see bene... [Read More]
  4. Viewed 241 Times20 Costly Mistakes In The Thrift Savings Plan and How You Can Avoid Them
    [Free On-Demand Seminar]

    In this online seminar, federal benefits expert, Chris Lennan of ProFeds, will uncover several critical mistakes you can make in the Thrift Savings Plan -- and the strategies you can put in place to avoid them.

    Key take-aways include:

    * - Recognizing the importance of setting realistic goals.
    * - Discovering how having a plan for your money can keep you on track.
    * - Understanding how the economy and emotions affect your TSP.

    This will help you to:

    * -... [Read More]
  5. Viewed 347 Times16 Employee Groups Urge Congress to Reject 40% Tax on "Cadillac" Health Plans
    January 13, 2010

    Sixteen federal unions and employee groups urged leaders in Congress yesterday to drop a provision in the Senate's version of the health care reform bill that would impose a 40 percent excise tax on so-called "Cadillac" health insurance plans.

    If passed, the tax would start in the year 2013 affecting individual health plans with annual premiums greater than $8,500 and family health plans with annual premiums greater than $23,000.

    The employee groups -- which s... [Read More]
  6. Viewed 332 Times10 Things You Need To Know About Federal Income Tax Refunds
    April 5, 2010

    Are you expecting a refund from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this year? Here are the top 10 things you should know about your refund.

    1. Refund Options

    You have three options for receiving your individual federal income tax refund: a paper check, direct deposit or U.S. Savings Bonds. You can now use your refund to buy up to $5,000 in U.S. Series I savings bonds in multiples of $50.

    2. Separate Accounts

    You may use Form 8888, Direct Deposit of Refund to More Tha... [Read More]
  7. Viewed 240 Times10 Steps To Disaster-Proof Your Retirement Years
    How to recession-proof your retirement years
    -Steve Vernon



    Retirement Risks We Should Address

    1. Living too long and running out of money
    2. Recession/stock market decline that reduces the value of retirement savings
    3. Inflation eroding the value of fixed pensions and fixed investments
    4. Dropping interest rates resulting in reduced interest income
    5. Poor health and resulting high medical bills
    6. Potentially ruinous bills for long-term care expenses
    7. Reduction in needed wag... [Read More]
  8. Viewed 427 Times"Use It or Lose It" Compensatory Time-Off Deadline Approaches
    March 31, 2010

    Federal employees are encouraged to use any compensatory time off accumulated before May 14, 2007 by no later than May 22, 2010 to avoid losing it, according to a memo from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) this week.

    On March 15, 2007, OPM issued final regulations that required agencies to establish a 26 pay period time limit for using compensatory time off earned in lieu of overtime pay.

    Prior to the issuance of OPM's regulations, many agencies permitted employe... [Read More]
  9. Viewed 281 Times$250 Stimulus Payments On The Way For Social Security And Supplemental Security Income Recipients
    The federal government will send out $250 economic recovery payments to people who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits beginning in early May 2009 and continuing throughout the month. No action is required to get the payment, which will be sent separately from the person's regular monthly payment.

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides for a one-time payment of $250 to adult Social Security beneficiaries, and to SSI recipients, except t... [Read More]
  10. Viewed 309 Times$15,000 Early Retirement Incentive Offer To Postal Employees
    The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it is offering $15,000 as an early retirement buyout incentive to many employees in an effort to cut costs at a time when the USPS is struggling financially -- possibly experiencing losses of $7 billion by the end of fiscal year 2009.

    FederalTimes.com reports: "Eligible employees who accept the offer by Sept. 25 will be offered a $10,000 payment during the first three months of fiscal 2010 -- between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 -- and another $5,0... [Read More]
 
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