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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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    Point of Service (POS) Plans

    In an HMO, the POS product lets you use providers who are not part of the HMO network. However, you pay more for using these non-network providers. You usually pay higher deductibles and coinsurances than you pay with a plan provider. You will also need to file a claim for reimbursement, like in a FFS plan. The HMO plan wants you ...
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    The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

    The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions
    TurboTax helps you find tax deductions you may have overlooked. Don't overpay taxes by overlooking tax deductions. See the most common errors taxpayers make on their tax returns. ...it’s all too easy to miss a trick and pay too much... Every year, the IRS dutifully reports the most common blunders taxpayers make on their returns. And every year, at or near ...
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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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    Tax Exemptions and Deductions Available For Families

    Tax Exemptions and Deductions Available For Families
    As a family, you may be able to save more on your taxes than a single person can. Once you discover all the deductions available to you, you'll be able to save more money this year, and plan better for your family's future. So, if you're new to preparing your own income tax return, or if you just want to make ...
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    Court Leave

    An employee is entitled to paid time off without charge to leave for service as a juror or witness. An employee is responsible for informing his or her supervisor if he or she is excused from jury or witness service for 1 day or more or for a substantial part of a day. To avoid undue hardship, an agency may adjust ...
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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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    Military Leave

    An employee is entitled to time off at full pay for certain types of active or inactive duty in the National Guard or as a Reserve of the Armed Forces. Coverage Any full-time Federal civilian employee whose appointment is not limited to 1 year is entitled to military leave. Military leave under 5 U.S.C. 6323(a) is prorated for part-time career employees ...
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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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    Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides protection from the potentially high costs of long term care. Enrollees can count on the FLTCIP’s comprehensive coverage and stability. That’s because it’s the largest program in the nation and is sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The FLTCIP reflects the long and careful efforts of OPM and two ...
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    Retirement Systems Modernization (RSM) Program

    Over the next 10 years, 60% of people in the Federal workforce will be eligible to retire. More than likely, 40% of these individuals will retire when they are first eligible. How is OPM proactively preparing for the increased number and complexity of retirement applications expected across the Federal Government? How is OPM responding to increased customer demand for online, self-service ...
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    Service Agreements

    Employees must commit to work for a specified amount of time. Most service requirements must be set for a period of time not less than 3 years. Beginning Period Agencies should specify the beginning date of the service requirement in the candidate’s or employee’s service agreement. The service requirement begins at the time specified in the service agreement, but may begin ...
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    Employee Reimbursements

    Reimbursement Amount If an employee voluntarily separates from Federal service and does not complete the terms of the service agreement, he or she is obligated to reimburse the paying agency for the full amount of the loan repayment benefits provided (gross before any tax deductions from the loan payment). For example, if an employee’s agreement states that he or she ...
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    Emergency Leave Transfer Program

    In the event of major disasters or emergencies declared by the President, such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, bombings, etc., that result in severe adverse effects for a substantial number of employees, the President may direct the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish an emergency leave transfer program. Under such a program, an employee in any Executive or Judicial branch agency ...
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    General Requirements for Veterans Preference

    To be entitled to preference, a veteran must meet the eligibility requirements in section 2108 of title 5, United States Code. This means that: # An honorable or general discharge is necessary. # Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans. # Guard and Reserve active duty for ...
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    Types of Veterans Preference

    5-Point Preference Five points are added to the passing examination score of a veteran who served: # During the period December 7, 1941, to July 1, 1955; or # For more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or # During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through ...
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    Veteran's Recruitment Appointment

    Under the VRA, a you can be appointed to a white -collar position through GS 11 without having to compete with other applicants. The VRA is open to you if you are a disabled veteran who served on active duty during a war or major campaign and you have left the service under honorable conditions within three years. Return to main ...
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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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    AIDS Research Loan Repayment Program

    *Program Description* The AIDS Research Loan Repayment Program helps to assure an adequate supply of trained researchers with respect to AIDS at the National Institutes of Health by providing for the repayment of educational loans for participants who contractually agree to engage in AIDS research as employees of the NIH. Recipients must agree by written contract to engage in AIDS research, ...
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    AgrAbility Project

    *Program Description* The AgrAbility Project assists people with disabilities employed in production agriculture. Twenty-one states have developed AgrAbility programs offering an array of services, including resource referral, onsite technical assistance, practical education and training, and peer support networks. *General Program Requirements* In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have a disability and you must have professional experience as ...
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