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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov. 5, 2012
travel outside of the D.C. region, or on leave without pay, or working on an alternative work schedule day off. Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on the evening of Oct. 29. As of press time, the powerful weather system was widely reported to have caused at least 20 deaths and billions of dollars in wind and flood damage, mostly in the mid- Atlantic and northeastern United States. Capitol Hill workplace discrimination complaints grow Legislative branch federal employees filed more workplace discrimination com- plaints last year than the previous one, according to an annual report released this week by the federal Office of Compliance. The OOC's State of the Congressional Workplace report says that there were 142 allegations of workplace rights violations initiated in fiscal 2011, up from 105 in fiscal 2010. Fully 89 of the fiscal 2012 complaints were filed by employees of the U.S. Capitol Police, 27 by those working in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, and one by an employee of the Congressional Budget Office---with the remaining 25 complaints filed by those working for lawmakers or committee offices. According to the report, the most com- mon allegations were "related to discrimi- nation and harassment based on a pro- tected trait such as sex, race, age, and/or disability," as defined under Section 201 of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, the law that governs congressional workplaces. The OOC report notes that workplace complaints have increased over the past five years, and that most are resolved confidentially within a system set up by the office. The Office of Compliance is in charge of enforcing such rights for the approxi- mately 30,000 legislative branch federal employees. Feds on Capitol Hill who have suffered discrimination, harassment and other abuses of their workplace rights pursue their complaints through the OOC. November 5, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 17 8 visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FuNDS oCT. 26 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 13.9876 13.9721 13.7757 15.9668 15.9878 15.1308 17.7573 18.0045 15.2625 23.1999 23.4803 20.3107 19.6338 19.5678 18.5667 15.5847 15.6003 14.9411 18.4029 18.4771 16.9789 19.0363 19.1401 17.3147 19.5796 19.7068 17.6286 10.7861 10.8647 9.6354 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "I started my disability retirement on Jan. 13, 2012, and received my first payment Feb. 1. Will I receive the cost-of- living adjustment in 2013 or do I have to wait until 2014? If I am allowed the COLA, when would it start?" Answer: If you are younger than age 62, then you will not receive the 1.7 percent Federal Employees Retirement System COLA effective Jan. 1, 2013. If you are currently age 62 or older, then you will receive the 1.7 percent FERS COLA. If you become age 62 during 2013, then you are eligible for your first FERS COLA in January 2014. 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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