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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct. 22, 2012
noted that most employees still will have 26 pay days in calendar year 2012. A leave year starts on the first day of the first full biweekly pay period in a calendar year, and ends on the day immediately before the first day of the first full biweek- ly pay period in the following calendar year, OPM said. The 2013 leave year, which runs from Jan. 13, 2013, to Jan. 11, 2014, returns to "normal," with 26 leave pay periods. The extra period of leave notwith- standing, maximum carryover ceilings on annual leave still remain in effect, the memo said. To seethe memo,goto:http://www.chcoc. gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails. aspx?TransmittalID=5076. VA facilities earn distinction The Department of Veterans Affairs said that 19 VA medical facilities have been recognized as top performers on key health care quality measures for 2011/2012. The facilities were recognized as top per- formers by the Joint Commission, a non- profit group that accredits and certifies U.S. health care organizations and programs. "We at VA are very pleased with the Joint Commission recognition," VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a statement. "This achievement demonstrates the hard work that each and every VA medical staff mem- ber undertakes to serve veterans." VA noted that while all 152 VA medi- cal facilities are accredited by the Joint Commission, the 19 facilities were rec- ognized as top performers based on the commission's review of evidence-based care processes that are closely linked to positive patient outcomes. Eight of the facilities received top performer designation for two consecutive years, the department said. VA said three new measures---those for stroke, venous thromboembolism, and inpatient psychiatric services---were included in this year's best performers cal- culations. This year's program recognizes Joint Commission-accredited hospitals for sig- nificant achievement in accountability measure performance. "VA health care has been a leader in performance measurement, electron- ic health records, research and clinical quality for more than a decade," said VA Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzel. A list of the 19 facilities is at: www.va.gov/ opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2398. October 22, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 15 8 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FUNDS oct. 16 oNe MoNth Ago oNe YeAr Ago G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund lifecycle Funds L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Register free to get rates of return and other TSP info at: www.FederalDaily.com/pages/resources/thrift-savings-plan.aspx 13.9823 13.9663 13.7683 15.9794 15.8449 15.0583 18.2939 18.4025 15.0443 23.7709 24.4605 19.8538 19.8725 20.1960 18.3845 15.6568 15.6717 14.8878 18.6360 18.7450 16.8337 19.3412 19.4958 17.1313 19.9409 20.1344 17.4144 11.0094 11.1351 9.5058 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "What are the best dates in 2013 for a Civil Service Retirement System (USPS) worker to retire? And, is it beneficial to wait until my next birthday?" Answer: Assuming a CSRS or CSRS Offset employee has met the minimum age and service requirement to retire, the best dates to retire during 2013 are: Jan. 3, June 1, June 29, Nov. 2, Nov. 30, and Dec. 28, 2013. Waiting to one's next birthday to retire will benefit an employee in the sense that working longer adds more months of service, therefore resulting in a larger CSRS annuity and more opportunity to contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan. Readers are encouraged to ask questions related to general employee benefits---such as CSRS, FERS, the Thrift Savings Plan, tax and estate plan- ning, insurance, Social Security and Medicare---at the "Federal Benefits Q&A" at www.FederalSoup.com. continued from page 5
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