Q&A for federal workers: Retirement eligibility and patterns

Nearly 300,000 federal employees already are eligible to retire, underscoring that many work past — sometimes long past — their eligibility date.

Financial reporting, conflict of interest rules for federal employees apply to virtual money, ethics office says

The Office of Government Ethics said guidance was needed because “virtual currencies are experiencing a surge in use and access.”

Financial reporting, conflict of interest rules for federal employees apply to virtual money, ethics office says

The Office of Government Ethics said guidance was needed because “virtual currencies are experiencing a surge in use and access.”

Q&A for federal workers: Bigger buyouts may be on the way

Congress is moving toward increasing the amount of buyout payments for federal employees, but those offers have been rare in recent years.

Q&A for federal workers: Date set for new TSP withdrawal options

Thrift Savings Plan investors have long asked for more flexibility in withdrawing their accounts. They’ll get it — but not until September 2019.

Q&A for federal workers: Federal vs. contractor workforces

The government indirectly employs more people through contractors than it employs directly in its workforce, a recent study found.

Q&A for federal workers: Inside the numbers on firing

Data on firing federal employees typically don’t show whether they had attained full appeal rights or still were in their probationary periods.

Q&A for federal workers: Highest-paying federal agencies

Some federal agencies pay much higher salaries on average because they must compete for employees with the high-paying industries they oversee.

Agencies told to step up use of special powers to hire military spouses

President Trump issues order aimed at boosting employment of spouses of military personnel, who often face career difficulties due to being relocated frequently.

Q&A for federal workers: Dearth of younger employees

The federal government has only as quarter as many employees under age 30 as the national workforce as a whole.

Federal employees lag private sector workers in salaries by 32 percent on average, report says

But the council overseeing federal pay plans to review its own methods for comparing federal vs. private sector salaries.

Q&A for federal workers: Buyout and early retirement offers

Despite expectations — or hopes — of widespread buyout and early retirement offers, federal agencies actually offered fewer of them in the government’s 2017 fiscal year than in previous years.

Q&A for federal workers: Annual hiring rates

Federal agencies hire about 200,000 people a year, although about half of those hired fill seasonal, temporary or part-time positions.

Q&A for federal workers: Delaying within-grade raises

Federal employees would climb the pay ladder more slowly, under a White House proposal.

Q&A for federal workers: ‘Burrowing in’

Although rare, the hiring of political appointees into the career civil service remains a focus of attention.

Work-life balance programs paying off for both federal employees, government, says report

However, agency management is more sympathetic than supportive about conflict between personal and career demands, the report said.

Q&A for federal workers: Being selective in TSP investing

When you invest in a Thrift Savings Plan stock fund, you are investing in every company in that fund, whether you want to or not.

Q&A for federal workers: Pay freeze

The last time salary rates were frozen, some employees received individual raises.

Q&A for federal workers: TSP withdrawal options

New options for taking withdrawals from the Thrift Savings Plan have been approved, but these things take time.

Budget provides no raise, targets retirement benefits for federal employees

Higher required contributions toward retirement, lower benefits again proposed.