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Government Expansion

The federal sector is still hiring nationwide and overseas. 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 expanded over the past 5 years. The federal government now owns all of Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac plus they took over 100% of the student loan program. There will be bumps along the way and many agencies may experience some downsizing to address budget shortfalls.

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.

   

 

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Page updated 4/1/2014

Federal Employee Benefits / Career Development (IDPs) / Retirement Planning Assistance

 

 

This section is devoted to federal employee services and provides guidance and information concerning benefits, FERS and CSRS retirement, career 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 FREE Federal Employee's Retirement Planning Guide that employees and retirees alike will find helpful.


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Merit Promotion Program (MPP)

 

Our 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 Association

 

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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Organ & Bone Marrow Donor Leave Programs

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. 

‚óŹ 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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