Category: Pay & Benefits

Retirement- After Being Fired

Federal employees who are removed from federal service (“fired”) do not normally lose any entitlement to retirement benefits already earned, with limited exceptions (see, 5 USC 8312).  The type of retirement in this instance is sometimes erroneously referred to as…

LWOP in Connection with OWCP

Leave Without Pay (LWOP) in connection with Office of Worker’s Compensation Claims (DOL OWCP) is a source of confusion for federal employees, as well as agencies.  In our experience, this is largely due to a number of misperceptions of affected…

Opinion: Gripping Reality; The GOP (STILL) Hates You

Note:  This Article (provided below and unchanged) was first published March 2, 2013.  We are republishing it in the wake of the Mr. Trump’s controversial election (lost popular vote by three million, associated Russian cyber hacking, conflicts of interest, etc…) and…

Are You Required to Invoke FMLA?

We receive many inquiries from employees confused by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in relation to serious health conditions and the use (approval/denial) of leave.  Typically, questions come in the context of protections afforded by The Act and the…

No Right to Authorized Absence Unless…

The issue of authorized absence (also referred by some and many as excused absence, administrative leave, “no charge to leave”) comes up en masse every year about this time.  During the latter half of January 2016, the top search term…

Disability Retirement Insanity?

Maybe, Maybe Not- You Decide Federal employee disability retirement applications are often confusing to employees.  However, outcomes are generally not.  It has been our collective experience, applications for disability retirement from Federal service are generally approved by the Office of…

BREAKING: Republican House Passes Federal Pay Cuts

Republican Budget Will Cut Take Home Pay of Current Federal Employees 5 Percent The first round (not the only round) of Republican proposals significantly cutting real take-home pay of federal employees (as opposed to future cuts in pay or benefits) passed…

BREAKING: GOP Proposing Additional Pay-Cuts

New Wave of Attacks Continues with New Congress We just posted last week about new Republican legislation aimed at Federal employee pensions.  We just learned Republican Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) introduced HR 1137 (PAID for Progress Act).  This legislation would provide an…

GOP Proposing Wide-Scale Pension Cuts

New Wave of Attacks Underway Against Federal Employees Republicans are once again targeting federal employees.  On March 3, 2015, Republican Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced H.R. 1230 attacking federal pensions of all current and future federal employees (those already retired are…

Retroactive Application of VLTP

Donated Leave May be Used Retroactively  Some confusion often arises concerning leave acquired through the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP). Specifically, there may be confusion concerning whether donate leave can be used retroactively.  The confusion arises based on the general…

FAQ: Overtime

Question: “Can my supervisor control my overtime?” Answer:  Yes.  Overtime is considered an assignment of work and thus a management right at Title 5 USC § 7106.  However, procedures for distributing overtime have generally been determined to be negotiable as are…

Check Your OPF

Take the Time to Check Your Official Personnel Folder Every federal employee must make time to check their Official Personnel Folder (OPF) at least once a year.  We also recommend you download a complete copy (it is an option). Since…

Pay Raise for Federal Employees

It appears the political whoop ass Republicans took also involved a 1% pay raise for federal employees as I tweeted a few minutes ago. This was unexpected by everyone. Not only did Republicans end up with nothing, federal employees received…

Shutdown Guidance: Procedural Timelines

Timelines are “Frozen” The shutdown will have a long lasting impact on many federal employees for many reasons.  However, employees engaged in administrative processes such as responding to disciplinary or adverse actions, filing a grievance, filing an EEO claim, petitioning…

The Vitter Protocol

Hey Congressional Staffers! How does it feel to be treated like a federal employee? It sucks. Doesn’t it? #ShutdownTheGOP #p2 #wiunion — The Informed Fed (@InformedFed) October 1, 2013 Welcome Aboard Congressional Staffers! As I type, the recent Republican Vitter…

Opinion: CFC Must Die

The Combined Federal Campaign must die. Update (1/31/2014):  As reported in the Federal Times, CFC pledges are down sharply at the end of the 2013 campaign.  And, federal employees must kill it.  While this opinion may sound bitter or vengeful, and we…

FAQ: Can My Supervisor Stop Me From Working AUO

Neither law nor applicable guidance abrogates the discretion to work AUO to the individual employee. In other words, let’s say you are working a group past your shift. Can a supervisor tell you to disengage and return to the station to go home? The answer is an unequivocal yes.

Opinion: A Long Dark Road for Federal Employees

While federal employees once actually supported the pay freeze on the basis of “doing their part,” such support has deteriorated as the pay freeze appears permanent and additional proposals such as furloughs, pay cuts, overtime cuts, and increased benefits premiums begin to compound and drive federal employee pay down to levels not seen in decades. Federal employees have learned that being a public employee and a Republican are mutually exclusive.

AFGE “Emergency Meeting” a Bust

When sources told The Informed Fed AFGE was holding an “Emergency Meeting” for Union presidents concerning pending furloughs and pay cuts, we sort of laughed.  Having been a vocal, and some would say militant, union president during the Department of Homeland…