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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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    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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    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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    How Veteran's Preference Works

    If you meet the criteria for preference and achieve a score of 70 or higher either by a written examination or an evaluation of your experience and education, you will have 5 or 10 points added to your numerical ratings depending on the nature of their preference. For scientific and professional positions in grade GS-9 or higher, names of all eligibles ...
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    Family Flexibility Overview

    Family Flexibility Overview
    The Federal Government provides many programs for workers to support their needs for individual flexibility. For example, flexible work schedules allow employees to adjust their work hours in order to take a day off each pay period. Employees can enjoy twenty-six 3-day weekends! Also, the Federal Government's Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) allows employees to select certain arrival and departure times that ...
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    Student Loan Repayment Overview

    Student Loan Repayment Overview
    Federal agencies are permitted to repay federally insured student loans as a recruitment or retention incentive for candidates or current employees of the agency. Student loan repayment is considered a selective benefit and agencies do not provide to every employee. Eligible Loans Student loans are eligible if they are insured by the federal government under the Higher Education Act of 1965 ...
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    Special Incentives Overview

    Special Incentives Overview
    Federal agencies use special incentives to attract and hold talented employees. These incentives usually come in the form of one-time bonuses paid directly to new employees. The federal government offers three types: Recruitment Incentives A recruitment bonus is an incentive an agency may pay to a newly-appointed employee if the agency has determined that the position is likely to be difficult ...
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    All Government Benefits Explained

    All Government Benefits Explained
    Employees of the US Government often enjoy benefits packages unparalleled by those offered in any other profession. The wide range of benefits available to federal employees goes way beyond insurance and retirement; these perks include job security, outstanding 'family friendly' health insurance and retirement plans, and steadily accumulating raises. You may be surprised to learn that federal government jobs - after ...
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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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    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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    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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    VA - Vocational Rehabilitation - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services for veterans with disabilities

    *Program Description* Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment is an employment-oriented program that helps veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, the program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. *General Program Requirements* In order to be considered ...
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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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    National Farmworker Jobs Program

    *Program Description* The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) provides job training, employment assistance, and other supportive services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents with the goal of helping farmworkers secure full-time employment. *General Program Requirements* In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a migrant or seasonal farmworker authorized to work in the United States, whose ...
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    Minority Biomedical Research Support

    *Program Description* The Minority Biomedical Research Support Program increases the number of researchers who are members of minority groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. MBRS awards grants to 2- or 4-year colleges, universities, and health professional schools with substantial enrollments of minorities. These grants support research by faculty members, strengthen the institutions' biomedical research capabilities, and provide opportunities for ...
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    Minority Access to Research Careers

    *Program Description* MARC offers special research training support to 4-year colleges, universities, and health professional schools with substantial enrollments of minorities such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives), and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. The branch's goals are to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented minorities engaged in biomedical research by strengthening the science curricula ...
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    Mental Health National Research Service Award

    *Program Description* The Mental Health National Research Service Awards ensure a continuing and adequate supply of well-trained personnel who are able to conduct research on mental health problems. The program provides training grants to institutions and fellowships to individuals at both the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels. There are awards to medical students proposing to become basic clinical researchers. In addition, there ...
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    Local Veterans' Employment Representative Program (LVER)

    *Program Description* The purpose of LVER is to provide job development, placement, and support services directly to veterans and maximize employment and training opportunities. *General Program Requirements* In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be unemployed or about to become unemployed and have completed at least 24 continuous months of active duty service in the military. *Application Process* ...
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    Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals

    *Program Description* The purpose of the Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) program is to test and evaluate ways of creating employment and business opportunities for individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance. The program also aids other low-income individuals through self-employment, micro-enterprise, new business ventures, expansion of existing businesses through technical and financial assistance and non-traditional employment initiatives ...
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    Ironworker Training Program

    *Program Description* The purpose of the program is provide ironwork vocational training, apprenticeships, and job placement to eligible Native Americans through the National Ironworkers Training Program, located in Broadview, Illinois. *General Program Requirements* In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a Native American/American Indian who needs training or retraining to develop new job skills, and you or ...
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