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Government Employment Update
The federal sector hired 162,839 new federal employees nationwide and overseas
in 2013. Almost a third, 31 percent, were veterans. The
Department of Defense and the
Veterans Administration were the two largest
hiring agencies. The Affordable
Health Care Act includes over 100 new regulatory agencies and commissions and
more federal regulators will be needed to administer new EPA and OSHA
regulations and to manage the many other federal programs that have been
implemented by the current administration. Immigration reform will potentially
increase hiring of Border Patrol Agents and Customs Officers. Even with the
projected growth and hiring some agencies continue to offer voluntary early
retirements to address
There is considerable competition for anyone seeking federal employment
and those interested in working for Uncle Sam must develop a professional
federal style resume and application to
remain competitive and start the process early to improve their chances of success.
Page updated 7/21/2014
Federal Employee Benefits / Career Development
(IDPs) / Retirement Planning
This section is devoted to federal employee
services and provides
guidance and information concerning benefits,
and CSRS retirement,
planning, job opportunities, the MPP process, financial and estate
planning, TSP discussions, and much more.
Federal employees will find links to
informational articles that address benefits and finance, lifestyle,
jobs, wellness, and travel and you can
subscribe to our free newsletters
for each category. Explore this site to find the information you need. This site also compliments our
Planning Guide that employees and retirees alike will find helpful.
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If you are offered early retirement through
VERA or a
proceed with caution
the impact on your benefits and annuity.
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position with responsibility and one that takes full advantage of your
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Take Charge of Your
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Assistance - Receive a
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- Retirement Planning
- Issues unique to federal employees & annuitants
- Federal Employee
- GovLoop.com - GovLoop is
the largest social network for government employees. Consisting of
over 65,000+ federal, state, and local government leaders, the site
provides free online trainings, jobs and career advice, news and
best practices, and more.
Sign up to receive GovLoop updates and we'll send you a free
copy of the e-book "Framework to Managing Your Government Career"
- NARFE - National Active & Retired Federal Employees
Association - This excellent organization is a wealth of information and resources for
federal employees, retirees, and survivor annuitants. NARFE's 350,000 members
have access to a wealth of information at
http://www.narfe.org, their monthly magazine, newsletters, the NARFE staff,
and local NARFE chapter volunteers throughout the United States.
- SES Jobs - The Senior Executive Service (SES)
Training & Education Programs - What's available for federal employees
Federal Career Planning web site assists federal government employees to design realistic
Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and target new jobs and
promotional opportunities. Federal government employees have numerous and
attractive career development and upward mobility opportunities available to
them. Developed by a career fed with over 35 years federal service.
The Merit Promotion Program allows those who are status applicants (current federal
employees or those who have reinstatement eligibility) to bid on job openings. MPP
announcements are posted at most offices and on the internet. Many agencies have their own
internet sites where you can view job announcements and print them our for future
reference. OPM also publishes MPP announcements on their USAJOBS web site. Lists of
federal job announcements
are available on this site.
Agencies can restrict MPP announcements to applicants from their agency and many limit
the geographical area of consideration.
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NARFE - National Active & Retired Federal Employees
NARFE has represented federal workers since 1921 and they fight to protect
benefits for federal employees and retirees. They have an extensive legislative
agenda including extending pre-tax health care premium conversion to retirees
and the repeal of the Social Security Government Pension Offset (GPO) and
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). Members receive full access to their web site, a very informative monthly
magazine, and you can connect to a large network of active feds and retirees
through their local and regional groups.
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All federal employee are eligible to take up to 30 days a year of paid leave
for donating organs or seven days of paid leave when donating bone marrow under
5 U.S.C. 6327. Organ Donor leave was approved by Congress in 1999 and OPM
encourages agencies to be liberal with this program and extend time off if
needed beyond the 30 day limit.
● Leave for bone marrow and organ donation is a separate category of leave
that is in addition to annual and sick leave.
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