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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 30, 2013
same-sex couples in America but we still have work to do to move freedom and fairness for- ward," Sen. Baldwin said in a release. "This bill helps provide federal employees and their domes- tic partners equal access and opportunity to the benefits that businesses across our country are already providing. It's time for the federal govern- ment to lead as an equal opportunity employer and I'm proud to work across the aisle with Senator Collins to advance that leadership." "This change is both fair policy and good business practice," Sen. Collins said. "The federal government must compete with the private sector when it comes to attracting the most qualified, skilled, and dedicated employ- ees." The senators pointed out that, according to the Office of Personnel Management, about 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies currently provide benefits to domestic partners---as do 18 states and more than 150 cities. A House version of the bill has been intro- duced by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) Read Baldwin's release here http://www. baldwin.senate.gov/press-releases/us-senators- tammy-baldwin-and-susan-collins-introduce- bipartisan-legislation-to-provide-fairness-to- domestic-partners.Virginia accounted for the largest number of new hires, followed in order by the District of Columbia, Texas, California, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York and Washington. OPM acting director leaves post Elaine D. Kaplan, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is leaving her post at that agency to become a federal judge. Kaplan will serve on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The Senate confirmed her for the judge- ship on Sept. 17. Kaplan had previously served as OPM's general counsel, Senior Deputy General Counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union, head of the Office of Special Counsel, as well as positions at the Department of Labor. OPM has been headed by Kaplan since long- time director John Berry left last April. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has since approved the president's pick for Berry's permanent successor---Katherine Archuleta. Archuleta awaits Senate confirmation. September 30, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 11 8 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FUNDS Sept. 23 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 14.2009 14.1732 13.9697 15.6834 15.5191 15.9168 21.8511 21.3242 18.3356 30.8700 29.9541 24.0927 24.3333 23.2613 20.0214 16.4726 16.3368 15.6579 20.8685 20.4873 18.6805 22.2345 21.7373 19.4071 23.3688 22.7778 20.0253 13.1468 12.7747 11.0651 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "My agency may be offering a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment/Voluntary Early Retirement Authority in the next few months (DOD). I am under FERS and will be 55 this month with 29 years of service. My minimum retirement ages is 56 years old with 30 years of service. If I take the early out (at 55 years old and 29 years of service), will I still be able to collect the supplement when I turn 56 next September?" Answer: Under a VSIP/VERA, a FERS employee who retires before his or her minimum retirement age (MRA) will be eligible to receive the FERS annuity supplement once the annuitant reaches MRA. In your case, if you retire in the next months under a VSIP/VERA, then you will be eligible to receive the FERS annuity supplement in October 2014, the first month after you become your MRA of 56. Readers are encouraged to ask questions related to general employee benefits---such as CSRS, FERS, the Thrift Savings Plan, tax and estate planning, insurance, Social Security and Medicare---at the "Federal Benefits Q&A" at www.FederalSoup.com. continued from page 4
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