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    Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    Thinking about looking for a new job.
    Anyone here a Federal worker? I was curious how they like the Benefits. Do they get a cost of living raise like the state does? Is that on top of your raise?

    I know they have these below, but not sure how good each one is.
    Federal Employees Retirement System
    Thrift Savings Plan
    Federal Employees Health Benefits
    Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
    Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
    Flexible Spending Accounts
    Federal Long Term Care Insurance



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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    If it is anything like working for the state (Iowa) the benefits are great.


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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Thinking about looking for a new job.
    Anyone here a Federal worker? I was curious how they like the Benefits. Do they get a cost of living raise like the state does? Is that on top of your raise?

    I know they have these below, but not sure how good each one is.
    Federal Employees Retirement System
    Thrift Savings Plan
    Federal Employees Health Benefits
    Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
    Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
    Flexible Spending Accounts
    Federal Long Term Care Insurance
    I work for the Army as a Civilian, so I'm probably one of the best to answer this.

    First, check out this site. ACPOL/CPOL Homepage: Army Civilian Personnel On-Line Yes, it's for Army jobs, but this is the stuff that relates specifically to me (and it's pretty universal across the Government). If you want Government-specific, check out US Office of Personnel Management

    First, if you are interested in pay tables, go to this link: 2008 General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables
    Since I work in Rock Island, IL, I am categorized as "rest of the US." As a GS-12 Step 1 (that has been working for the Army for more than 4 years) I earn $65,315/year. It's pretty good pay.

    Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is basically the investment portion of Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is basically the Government equivalent to the 401K - works almost exactly the same way.

    Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) is actually some of the best health insurance out there. I have never had a co-pay larger than $30, none of our meds is more than $30, and when my wife has a baby we don't pay a dime out of pocket. I am under the Federal Employee's Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, and I pay ~$180/month for this coverage

    Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), however, has a lot to be desired. They are very picky as to who your dental and vision specialists are (neither my dentist nor optometrist are in network). The best option there is the savings account, but sometimes it's really hard to judge just how much you should have taken out to be put in the savings account. The good news is FEHB is sometimes good enough to cover some of FEDVIP's shortcomings.

    Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) is outstanding as well. For around ~$20/month, if I were to drop dead tonight, my wife would receive more than $400,000.

    Hope this answers some of your questions.


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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Thinking about looking for a new job.
    Anyone here a Federal worker? I was curious how they like the Benefits. Do they get a cost of living raise like the state does? Is that on top of your raise?

    I know they have these below, but not sure how good each one is.
    Federal Employees Retirement System
    Thrift Savings Plan
    Federal Employees Health Benefits
    Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
    Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
    Flexible Spending Accounts
    Federal Long Term Care Insurance
    In 2008 I worked for the government until 4/23/08, which is when my tax bill has been paid...according to tax freedom day.


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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    I'd take a job with ARS in a heart beat if one opened up in Ames, or in the midwest.



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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    Thanks a bunch.

    So if I were looking at a job that is:
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    Range for GS-11: $56,815 to $73,860 (special salary rate table)
    Range for GS-12: $65,315 to $84,913 (incl. 13.18% locality pay)
    ***No relocation will be paid.

    What the heck is (incl. 13.18% locality pay)
    So how do you move up in steps in your job?


    It looks like you guys get about a 3% cost of living ajustment?



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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Thanks a bunch.

    So if I were looking at a job that is:
    Salary:


    Range for GS-11: $56,815 to $73,860 (special salary rate table)
    Range for GS-12: $65,315 to $84,913 (incl. 13.18% locality pay)
    ***No relocation will be paid.

    What the heck is (incl. 13.18% locality pay)
    So how do you move up in steps in your job?


    It looks like you guys get about a 3% cost of living ajustment?

    Locality pay is cost of living adjustment. I believe congress sets our cost of living increase every year... this year it's something pretty good like 3.9% I think... but thats higher than most years. I believe President Bush recommened 2.5% for the year, which is closer to average I think...

    Though I've been a federal employee all of 2-1/2 months so... I'm still figuring it out.


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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    I work for the Army as a Civilian, so I'm probably one of the best to answer this.
    Since I work in Rock Island, IL, I am categorized as "rest of the US." As a GS-12 Step 1 (that has been working for the Army for more than 4 years) I earn $65,315/year. It's pretty good pay.

    You guys going to NSPS any time soon?


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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    You guys going to NSPS any time soon?
    We were supposed to go to it 4 years ago. AFGE (our union) is fighting it to the death. Everyone GS-13 and above (not covered by union) already is in pay bands. We, however, are not. I used to be all for going to NSPS because I worked twice as hard as anyone else in the office. I still work hard, but I'm not so sure anymore...


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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    We were supposed to go to it 4 years ago. AFGE (our union) is fighting it to the death. Everyone GS-13 and above (not covered by union) already is in pay bands. We, however, are not. I used to be all for going to NSPS because I worked twice as hard as anyone else in the office. I still work hard, but I'm not so sure anymore...
    Yeah because the money has to filter through those GS-13's first...

    We're supposed to roll over in October, but I know not everyone will be doing that now. A number of people have fought it off through bargining units and the like. I'm being put into it along with a bunch of people are very unhappy about being removed from the comfort of their GS system (me, I'm not sure about NSPS but atleast I'm not settled into GS yet... so it's not as rough on my end)


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    We were supposed to go to it 4 years ago. AFGE (our union) is fighting it to the death. Everyone GS-13 and above (not covered by union) already is in pay bands. We, however, are not. I used to be all for going to NSPS because I worked twice as hard as anyone else in the office. I still work hard, but I'm not so sure anymore...
    When I hear the phrase "Government Workers' Union", I think I develop a small aneurysm.

    That whole "public servant" think keeps looking more and more like "Public Master" instead....

    But I'm an eeeeevil military contractor. And a tax-exempt one, at that. I have no room to talk, really.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    When I hear the phrase "Government Workers' Union", I think I develop a small aneurysm.

    That whole "public servant" think keeps looking more and more like "Public Master" instead....

    But I'm an eeeeevil military contractor. And a tax-exempt one, at that. I have no room to talk, really.
    Trust me, I think it's a joke, too (but I'm supposed to keep that very, very quiet...)


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    Re: Anyone work for the Federal Goverment?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Trust me, I think it's a joke, too (but I'm supposed to keep that very, very quiet...)
    I figured you did.

    It is extremely tough, to have an avocation that is only funded through tax-dollars. Especially while being personally conservative and generally "anti-" the way government does business.

    Unpleasant bed-fellows and all that....

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    Hearing public employee's spit out fourteen acronyms per sentence gives me shivers down my spine. Thank God I don't work for the government... at least full time. But I do thank them for my graduate tuition! ;)


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    Quote Originally Posted by isugcs View Post
    Hearing public employee's spit out fourteen acronyms per sentence gives me shivers down my spine. Thank God I don't work for the government... at least full time. But I do thank them for my graduate tuition! ;)
    You don't realize just how much trying to learn government acronyms is a lot like trying to learn a foreign language...


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