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    GovCentral's Ultimate Guide to Taxes

    GovCentral's Ultimate Guide to Taxes
    Paying federal and state taxes are required as your duty as a U.S. citizen. As a government employee, you should be sure your taxes are perfect. Follow these expert tips to ease the stress of taxes and make April 15th less daunting. Guide to Filing Your Taxes 1. Filing Your Taxes: Overview 2. First Step: Learning to File 3. State Tax ...
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    Leave Without Pay

    Leave without pay (LWOP) is a temporary nonpay status and absence from duty that, in most cases, is granted at the employee's request. In most instances, granting LWOP is a matter of supervisory discretion and may be limited by agency internal policy. Employees, however, have an entitlement to LWOP in the following situations: # The Family and Medical Leave Act of ...
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    Retention Incentive Payment and Termination Calculations

    An agency may pay a retention incentive under 5 U.S.C. 5754 and 5 CFR part 575, subpart C, to a current employee when the agency determines that the unusually high or unique qualifications of the employee or a special need of the agency for the employee's services makes it essential to retain the employee and that the employee would be likely ...
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    Home Ownership Tax Deductions

    Home Ownership Tax Deductions
    You know you can get a deduction for your mortgage interest, but what else can you deduct for your primary or secondary home? At tax time, your house is not simply a home: it's a giant tax deduction. You get to deduct: * -Your property taxes. * -The mortgage interest on your primary residence, as well as any secondary residence you ...
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    Vocational Rehabilitation for Individuals with Disabilities

    *Program Description* Vocational rehabilitation services are available for persons who are unable to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment due to a mental or physical disability, but wish to pursue meaningful careers. VR assists such individuals secure employment corresponding with their abilities, through local job searches and awareness of self-employment and telecommuting opportunities. Services vary by state but may include: ...
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    VA - Counseling- Educational and Vocational Counseling

    *Program Description* Educational and Vocational Counseling can help you— * Assess your vocational interests, aptitues and abilities * Explore vocational career opportunities * Select an appropriate vocational goal * Address barriers that may impede success in training or employment * Develop educational program objectives *General Program Requirements* In order to be considered for this benefit program, you must be— * A ...
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    Transfers Overview

    Transfers Overview
    A career or career-conditional employee of one agency may transfer, without a break in service of a single workday, to a competitive service position in another agency without competing in a civil service examination open to the public. A transfer eligible may apply under vacancy announcements open to status candidates. An employee may transfer to a position at the same, higher, ...
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    Alternative Work Schedules

    An agency may implement for its employees an alternative work schedule (AWS) instead of traditional fixed work schedules (e.g., 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week). Within rules established by the agency, AWS can enable employees to have work schedules that help the employee balance work and family responsibilities. There are two categories of AWS: flexible work schedules (FWS) and ...
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    Flexible Spending Accounts Overview

    Flexible Spending Accounts Overview
    A Flexible Spending Account, or FSA, is an employee benefit program that allows you to set aside money, on a pre-tax basis, for certain health care and dependent care expenses. That means YOU keep more of your money. These programs are administered by the Federal Spending Accounts Program (FSAFEDS). This program offers three types of accounts: Health Care FSA (HCFSA) [gate] ...
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    Filling Applications After Examinations Have Closed

    A 10-point preference eligible may file an application at any time for any positions for which a non-temporary appointment has been made from a competitive list of eligibles within the past 3 years. In addition, a person who is unable to file for an open competitive examination because of military service may file after the closing date. In either of the ...
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    Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP)

    *Program Description* The objective of DVOP is to develop jobs and job training opportunities for disabled and other veterans. *General Program Requirements* In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have completed at least 24 continuous months of active duty service in the military. *Application Process* For more information, see the Program Contact Information below. *Program Contact Information* Headquarters ...
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    Recruitment and Relocation Incentive Payments and Termination Calculations

    An agency may pay a recruitment incentive under 5 U.S.C. 5753 and 5 CFR part 575, subpart A, to an employee newly appointed to a position that is likely to be difficult to fill in the absence of an incentive. An agency may pay a relocation incentive under 5 U.S.C. 5753 and 5 CFR part 575, subpart B, to a current ...
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    10 Ways to Make Your Health Benefits Work for You

    10 Ways to Make Your Health Benefits Work for You
    The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) administers several important health benefit laws covering employer-based health plans. They govern your basic rights to information about how your health plan works, how to qualify for benefits, and how to make claims for benefits. In addition, there are specific laws protecting your right to health benefits when you lose coverage or ...
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    Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program

    The Federal Government established the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program on August 29, 1954. It is the largest group life insurance program in the world, covering over 4 million Federal employees and retirees, as well as many of their family members. FEGLI provides group term life insurance. As such, it does not build up any cash value or paid-up ...
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    Filing Your Taxes: Overview

    Where Can I Get the Form? Traditionally, you can go to the IRS website "Form and Publications" section: http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html There you must download and print off the specific forms you need. (*Hint: Print off two copies in case you make a calculation mistake or a misprint!*) Where Do I Mail It In? Fill out the forms and mail to it to ...
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    Veterans' Employment Program (Veterans' Workforce Investment Program)

    *Program Description* The purpose of the Veterans' Employment Program is to develop programs that meet the employment and training needs of service-connected disabled veterans who have significant barriers to employment. *General Program Requirements* In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have completed at least 24 continuous months of active duty military service and now have a disability or ...
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    Leave Transfer

    An employee may donate annual leave directly to another Federal employee who has a personal or family medical emergency and who has exhausted his or her available paid leave. Each agency must administer a voluntary leave transfer program for its employees. There is no limit on the amount of donated annual leave a leave recipient may receive from the leave donor(s). ...
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    Sick Leave

    An employee may use sick leave for: personal medical needs; care of a family member; care of a family member with a serious health condition; adoption related purposes. Sick Leave Accrual Full-time Employees: 1/2 day (4 hours) for each biweekly pay period. Part-time Employees: 1 hour for each 20 hours in a pay status. There are no limits on the amount ...
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    Youth Education and Training Activities

    *Program Description* The Youth Activities Program provides grants to State and local communities to operate a comprehensive array of youth services that help low-income youth (ages 14-21) seeking assistance in achieving academic and employment success. Program participants receive services such as occupational skills training, counseling, internships, job placements, mentoring, tutoring, leadership development, and support services. To participate in this program, a ...
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    Volunteer Activities

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has prepared the following guidance to support the efforts of departments and agencies to encourage employee participation in volunteer activities. Departments and agencies should also review any applicable regulations or policies and collective bargaining agreements before making determinations on these matters. For information on scheduling time off for volunteer activities, see the Work and Time ...
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