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House Passes First Responder Retirement Fix

Government Executive, 07.13.2022

The House on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a bill aimed at reforming the retirement system for federal first responders who are injured during their service and forced to pursue other jobs in the federal government.


The Biden Team Announces Pay Raises of Up to $20,000 Annually for Federal Firefighters

Government Executive, 06.21.2022

The pay increases (for Wildland Firefighters), authorized as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law, will be retroactive to October 2021.


Biden Proposes a 4.6% Raise for Federal Workers for 2023

Government Executive, 03.28.2022

President Biden called for federal workers to receive their largest annual pay raise in 20 years Monday, releasing a budget proposal that would grant civilian employees an average pay increase of 4.6%.


Postal Reform Measure Could Affect All Federal Retirees’ Health Benefits 

Government Executive, 03.10.2022

The landmark Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 3076) Congress passed this week ends the mandate that the Postal Service pre-fund its retiree health benefit costs and requires postal workers to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B when they turn 65. The latter provision could end up affecting all federal employees.


Updated Pay Program Now Available - $15 Min

Pay Programs, 02.04.2022

​A updated version of the Firefighter Pay Program has been uploaded.  It should incorporate the $15-hr minimum base salary mandated by President Biden.  The changes apply to GS-3 to GS-4, Step 7 if their GS Basic Pay falls below the Special Rate table released by OPM.  Shift Firefighters may still have a FF rate lower than $15-hr due to the 53-hour standard Firefighter workweek.  Visit the Pay Programs page to access.  Please contact me if any errors are discovered.