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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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    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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    Five Ways to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing

    Five Ways to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing
    Let’s face it: Doing your taxes is about as exciting as mowing your lawn. But, we all have to do it. And Uncle Sam doesn’t make it easy. The U.S. tax code literally fills thousands of pages. Thankfully, you don’t need to read them all to stay on top of your taxes. Here are five things that can make doing your ...
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    Child Tax Credit

    Child Tax Credit
    If you have children who are under age 17 as of the end of the tax year, you can get a $1,000 tax credit per child on your tax return. A tax credit reduces your tax bill dollar for dollar, so three qualifying children, for example, can cut what you owe Uncle Sam by $3,000. The credit may be limited if ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment

    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment
    The Bush Administration recently signed new legislation — the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 — into law that will give more than 130 million Americans as much as $152 billion to redistribute back into the economy. The payment amounts will equal the amount of one’s tax liability on their 2007 tax return ($600). That amount doubles for joint tax filers to ...
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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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    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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    Child Care Subsidy Program

    Child care can be extremely expensive, especially for lower income families. But without quality child care arrangements, working parents are hard-pressed to remain effective either at work or at home. Federal agencies, at their own discretion, can now use appropriated funds, including revolving funds otherwise available for salaries, to assist lower income employees with the costs of child care. This Child ...
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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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    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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    Adoption Incentives

    The Federal government offers its employees leave and health benefits relating to adopting a child. The main adoption-specific incentives are Sick Leave for Adoption and Health Insurance Benefits. Below is information specific to sick leave. This law became effective on September 30, 1994, and allows Federal employees to use sick leave for absences relatied to adoption. What Adoption-Related Activities Are Covered ...
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