The Federal Eye: benefits

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Further cost controls sought in federal employee health-care plan

OPM urges companies participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to boost their efforts to hold down the cost of prescription drugs.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:40 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employee benefits, federal employees, FEHBP, health insurance

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Key federal-employee policies have changed during Obama administration

Key developments for the federal workforce during President Obama’s tenure in the White House.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:18 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal benefits, federal employees, federal pay, federal retirement, State of the Union

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Impact of budgetary hit to federal retirement weighed

Requiring federal employees to pay more toward their retirement benefits likely would hurt retention, but effect on recruitment less certain, study says.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:53 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, CSRS, federal employee benefits, federal retirement, FERS, retirement contributions

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013

What ending the shutdown means for federal employees

Answers to questions about the impact of restored funding on pay and benefits of federal workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  back pay, benefits, excepted employees, federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Military 'death gratuities' on hold until end of shutdown

The families of deceased military personnel cannot expect to receive the so-called "death gratuity" of $100,000.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:19 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  military benefits

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Shutdown threat raises pay, benefits issues for federal employees

Some answers to common questions about the financial impact on the government’s workforce.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  benefits, federal employees, government shutdown, health insurance, pay, retirement

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Federal workers to be surveyed about benefits

Prior polls of the workforce revealed importance of health benefits, retirement programs.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal benefits, federal employees, survey

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Pentagon extends benefits to same-sex military spouses

The move comes in response to a Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:29 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  same-sex benefits

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 08/12/2013

Social Security Administration now processing same-sex marriage benefit claims

Social Security program is one of many benefits affected by the Defense of Marriage Act case.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:51 PM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, same sex marriage, social security administration, Social Security Benefits, survivor benefits

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 08/05/2013

DOMA decision triggers federal retirement policy changes

Federal retirees now may provide survivor benefits to same-sex spouses but at a cost.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:36 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense of marriage act, federal employees, federal retirement, survivor benefits

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013

TSP reviewing spousal rights in light of DOMA ruling

The 401(k)-style program for federal employees is one among many potentially affected by the Supreme Court’s decision last week.

By Eric Yoder  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense of marriage act, Federal benefits, federal employees, spouses, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Same-sex spouses of federal employees could benefit under high court ruling

Supreme Court decision in Defense of Marriage Act case could open door to expanding health, survivor annuity benefits, but some questions remain.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:06 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CSRS, defense of marriage act, Federal benefits, FEHBP, FERS

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Key federal employee benefits at stake in DOMA case

Most of public supports extending benefits to same-sex marriages but Supreme Court ruling will set the course.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense of marriage act, doma, Federal benefits, same sex marriage

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Federal employee dental and vision insurance program to expand

More plans will participate in 2014 in a dental and vision insurance program open to federal employees and retirees.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:49 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dental insurance, Federal benefits, federal employees, fedvip, vision insurance

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 06/03/2013

Federal law prevails in employee life insurance dispute

Beneficiary choices in program for federal employees override state laws that would cause payments to be made differently, Supreme Court rules.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:05 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  beneficiaries, Federal benefits, federal employees, federal life insurance, fegli

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Benefit rules loosened for federal employees in tornado area

Federal employees affected by the Oklahoma tornado are eligible for special considerations in their health insurance and other benefit programs.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:57 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal benefits, federal employees, office of personnel management, oklahoma tornado

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/25/2013

House Democrats announce package of bills aimed at VA backlog

House Democrats said Thursday they plan to introduce legislation that they say will help the Department of Veterans Affairs deal with its backlog of disability claims.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans, Veterans Benefits

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2013

More conferences fall victim to tight budgets

Two annual conferences on federal employee benefits have been canceled due to expected low attendance.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  benefits conference, federal employee benefits, federal employees, OPM, training

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Drug costs remain a concern in employee health program

The health insurance program covering federal employees in 2014 will continue to emphasize cost controls for prescription drugs.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:32 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  call letter, federal employees, federal employees health benefits, FEHBP

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 12/17/2012 debuts on YouTube

FEDERAL EYE | The main portal for information about government-provided benefits launches channel.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:47 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:, Government benefits, youtube

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Scammers of veterans' benefits facing penalties

Two men face prison time and fines after scheming for VA benefits they didn't deserve.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Veterans Benefits

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Federal employee union will push for more autism coverage

The largest federal employee union lauded OPM for allowing coverage of an autism treatment but said the benefit should be mandatory.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  worker benefits

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/04/2012

VA trademarks GI Bill 1

FEDERAL EYE | The VA registered the GI Bill as a trademark and obtained the rights to

By Josh Hicks  |  11:34 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Veterans Benefits

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Benefits expansion for domestic partners would have small impact on costs, CBO says

Extending federal employee health insurance and retirement survivor benefits to same-sex domestic partners would have a relatively small impact on the number of people covered and the cost of those programs, according to an analysis done for Congress.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:50 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  domestic partners, federal employees, federal employment benefits, federal health insurance, federal retirement

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Health benefits for military work dogs

Military work dogs would receive life-time health benefits under identical proposals in the House and Senate.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Military dogs, Military benefits