Monitor our Federal Diary discussion for additional insight.
The washingtonpost.com guide to official resources for federal workers features useful Web links.
Check Per Diem Charts for reimbursement amounts for expenses incurred during official travel.
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Federal Diary Scrapbook
The Federal Diary, a column about the federal workplace, runs six days a week in the Metro section. We have clipped selected columns for your reference. Peruse them below, or stay up-to-date by reading Mike Causey's latest columns.
Civil Service Laws and Regulations
Careful What You Say -- In this era of heightened awareness and political correctness, federal workers who want to keep getting a paycheck should be very careful about what they say -- or write.
Religious Rights -- The new freedom of religion policy for federal agencies condones many standard procedures and also breaks new ground.
Benefits and Salary
Making the Best of Health Care -- Looking for a low-cost, covers-most-everything health plan? If you are a federal worker or retiree, your options are good.
Dental Plan Checkups -- When it comes to dental benefits, all of the federal health plans have cavities. Here are things to watch out for as you review the dozens of choices.
Providing for Your Spouse -- Federal workers can provide their spouses with a lifetime benefit, indexed to inflation, if they die while on the government payroll. Learn about the coverage and planning and paying for it.
Caught Without Coverage -- In contrast to most nonfederal company plans, which often increase premiums for retirees, the federal health program is a cradle-to-grave deal that shines in retirement.
One Blown-Away Windfall -- Reaching the 40-quarters mark of paying into Social Security means a benefit, but probably not the amount many federal employees are expecting.
Federal Jobs and Hiring
Truth or Consequences -- Most employers no longer dare ask job applicants once-standard questions such as: Are you married? Or pregnant? And you sure won't see ads for skinny orphans with a death wish.