2016 Scholarship Competition

The Federal Executive Association of Western Massachusetts (FEAWM) is proud to announce the fifth annual Federal Executive Association of Western Massachusetts Scholarship Program. Since 2012, the FEAWM Scholarship is available to the dependent children of federal employees through a competitive selection process, selected by a committee of federal and local business leaders. This year, FOUR scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded to eligible dependent children of a civilian federal, military, or postal employee.

This year’s scholarship awards will be presented at the annual FEAWM Awards Banquet that will be held in September at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee, MA. This awards banquet celebrates the achievements of federal employees in the Western Massachusetts area.

Application document links are below, as are a list of frequently asked questions. Application deadline is July 22, 2016.

Best of luck to all of our aspiring students!

Scholarship Announcement and Instructions Link
Application Checklist Link
Frequently Asked Questions Link

Educational Benefit for Feds

From GBFEB
Attached please find an OPM memorandum regarding the Excelsior College Alliance, which offers Federal employees, their spouses, and domestic partners, reduced tuition rates to pursue post-secondary education. A 508-compliant version of this memorandum is available online for the benefit of visually-impaired readers.

Please attend informational webinars by registering

Please share this information with your employees and colleagues.

Federal Employee Performance Management

As we enter 2016, OPM is providing some helpful information on performance management, as many agencies are concluding performance appraisal periods and planning for the next performance cycle. See link below for memorandum with guidance and reminders for agencies on performance management, including involving employees in crucial performance management activities.

Memo

Kim Ainsworth, Executive Director
Greater Boston Federal Executive Board
Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Federal Building
10 Causeway Street, Suite 350
Boston, MA 02222
617-565-6769

@BostonFEB #thankaNEFed

Congressman JJ Moakley Award

The linked letter was sent to New England Congressional Offices this week. The Greater Boston FEB is currently soliciting nominations for this prestigious award. This year, for the first time, we invite FEA / FEC leaders to submit nominations since so many of you work so closely with staff. They work hard on behalf of federal agencies, federal employees and our customers, and rarely are recognized, so this is a great opportunity. Please note: each FEA / FEC is limited to ONE nomination.

Letter and Nomination Form

FY15 Budget Execution Reports

Happy New Year from your FEAWM!  The Congressional Budget Office has posted reports to show what the federal government did with its finances in fiscal year 2015 (Oct 14-Sep 15). These documents break down revenue and expenses. A few extracted facts:
– “the 2015 deficit constituted the smallest since 2007”
– Individual income tax revenue was 4.5 times corporate income tax revenue (as a percentage of GDP)
– Discretionary spending for defense and EVERYTHING ELSE was just about equal

Overall

Revenue

Discretionary Spending

Mandatory Spending

Source: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/most-recent

Self Plus One Limited Enrollment Period

OPM is reporting a banner Open Season for health insurance enrollments, especially the new option this year, Self Plus One. This plan provides coverage for the federal employee and one other person, at a rate below Self and Family plan premiums.

Due to the high rate of enrollments in this new plan and to ensure everyone has max opportunity for access to it, OPM is allowing federal employees another opportunity to adjust their FEHB plan from Self and Family to Self Plus One.

The Limited Enrollment Period will be held from February 1 through February 29, 2016 (Leap Year!). Employees who pay their insurance premiums before taxes and are currently enrolled in Self and Family can change to Self Plus One. This is not an extension of Open Season: Employees will not be allowed to change plans, plan options or increase enrollment.

Employees are encouraged to make their changes electronically and should contact their local HR if they experience any issues or have additional questions.

More information on Self Plus One is available here.

More information on how to enroll is available here.

2016 Pay Tables Released

The President has signed an Executive order to implement the previously announced pay adjustments for 2016. To summarize, most GS employees are scheduled for a 1.3% pay increase in 2016.

The 2016 salary tables, incorporating this new rate, have been posted to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM’s) website here, and below.

The 2016 pay schedules will become effective pay period 1, starting January 10, 2016.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducted an annual review of special rates, and assessed that no special rate tables will be abolished, although in some cases the 1.3% raise will make regular pay more than special table pay, so some feds will be paid the higher regular rate. Click here for full special rate review results.

Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, contains provisions affecting the determination of pay adjustments for certain prevailing rate (wage) employees in fiscal year 2016. Review full memo here.

Best of luck in 2016! Let’s use this great news as motivation to strive for the best governance we can provide to the 4 counties, Massachusetts, and our great nation.

2016 GS Albany Pay Table
2016 GS Hartford Pay Table
Link to Special Salary Rate Tables