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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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    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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    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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    IRS Warns of Advance Payment Scams

    IRS Warns of Advance Payment Scams
    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to beware of several current e-mail and telephone scams that use the IRS name as a lure. The IRS expects such scams to continue through the end of tax return filing season and beyond. The IRS cautioned taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams involving proposed advance payment checks. Although the ...
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    Employees Assistance Programs

    An EAP is a service available to all federal employees at no cost. It is staffed by professional counselors who will help you address problems that can adversely affect job performance, reliability, and personal health. The counselor may refer you to other professional services and resources within your community for further information and assistance. Information about your discussions with the EAP ...
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    Part-Time Employment and Job Sharing

    The key to achieving family-friendly workplaces in the Federal Government is to make full utilization of all the personnel flexibilities and resources available. As an employer, the Federal Government has long recognized the value of part-time employment. Legislation encouraging part-time employment for Federal employees has been in place since 1978. Part-time employees are represented across occupational fields, pay plans, grade levels, ...
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    Elder Care Resources

    Elder care is a broad field that recognizes the role of the adult caregiver as one that provides essential services to a parent or older person. Often employees do not recognize their role as a caregiver nor do they realize that help may be available in the community to assist an older person. Sometimes it is difficult for an employee to ...
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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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    Adoption-Related Health Benefits

    Federal employees may cover a legally adopted child or a foster child under their Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) family enroll-ment upon showing proof of the child's eligibility as a family member. The child must be single, under the age of 22, and financially dependent on the employee. Proof of adoption or foster child status must be provided by the employee. ...
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    Life Insurance and Long-Term Care Overview

    Life Insurance and Long-Term Care Overview
    The federal government offers both group life and long term care insurance programs. Both plans provide employees with a long-term safety net that is becoming increasingly rare in the private sector. Short summaries of the two plans are provided below. Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) FEGLI is a group term life insurance program. It consists of Basic life insurance coverage ...
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    Filing an Income Tax Extension

    Filing an Income Tax Extension
    If you can't complete your federal tax return by the April 15 deadline for 2007 returns, you can buy more time. File IRS Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File, to push the deadline back six months to October 15, 2008. There's a catch, though: the extension only pushes back the due date of the paperwork. If you'll ...
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    Summary of Tax Law Changes

    Many of the tax breaks in recent tax-relief bills were designed to be phased in over a number of years or are indexed to inflation. To help you determine how these tax laws affect your long-term plans, this article explains the changes that come into effect through 2011. Pick a year from the list below to learn what tax changes ...
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    Limited Expense Health Care FSA

    A Limited Expense Health Care Flexible Spending Account (LEX HCFSA) is a new money saving option for employees enrolled in a Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA), or whose spouse is enrolled in a non-FEHB HDHP with an HSA. The LEX HCFSA is limited to eligible dental and vision expenses ...
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    Dependent Care FSA

    A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) allows you to be reimbursed on a pre-tax basis for child care or adult dependent care expenses for qualified dependents that are necessary to allow you or your spouse to work, look for work, or attend school full-time. However, if you did not find a job and have no earned income for the year, ...
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    Accrual Rates for SES, SL/ST, or Equivalent Pay Systems

    Members of the Senior Executive Service (SES), employees in senior level (SL) and scientific or professional (ST) positions accrue annual leave at the rate of 1 day (8 hours) for each full biweekly pay period. In addition OPM has extended coverage for the 8-hour category to employees in the following equivalent categories: 1) Senior Foreign Service 2) Defense Intelligence Senior Executive ...
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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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    Family and Medical Leave

    Entitlement Under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), most Federal employees are entitled to a total of up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the following purposes: # the birth of a son or daughter of the employee and the care of such son or daughter; # the placement of a son ...
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    Leave Bank Program

    An employee who is a member of his or her agency's voluntary leave bank, may receive annual leave from the leave bank if the employee experiences a personal or family medical emergency and has exhausted his or her available paid leave. The agency's leave bank board operates the leave bank and determines how much donated annual leave an employee may receive ...
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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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    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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