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Bereavement Leave for Federal Employees

Bereavement Leave for Federal Employees

This breaks down OPM policy on bereavement leave for federal employees. Undrestand when and how to use bereavement leave.

Federal Employee Drug Testing- A simple guide so you never need to worry

Federal Employee Drug Testing- A simple guide so you never need to worry

Are you applying for a federal job and want to understand federal employee drug testing policy? Read on to find out more.

2022 Federal Employee Leave Calendar: Maximize Your Valuable Time

2022 Federal Employee Leave Calendar: Maximize Your Valuable Time

Download your 2022 federal employee leave calendar spreadsheet here. Provided as a Google Sheet that you can edit anywhere.

Do Federal Employees Need Professional Liability Insurance? Myth And Reality

Do Federal Employees Need Professional Liability Insurance? Myth And Reality

Do Federal Employees Need Professional Liability Insurance? This post breaks down some myths and realities of your potential liability.

Should I Go From GS-15 To SES? Pros And Cons Of SES Careers

Should I Go From GS-15 To SES? Pros And Cons Of SES Careers

SES careers represent the pinnacle of public service. But are they a good fit for you? Find out all of the pros and cons of an SES career in this article.

It’s Here: Grab Your Free Federal Employee Sick Leave Retirement Calculator

It’s Here: Grab Your Free Federal Employee Sick Leave Retirement Calculator

Wondering how much your sick leave will be worth for your FERS retirement as a federal employee? Here's a handy calculator to help you.

The Truth About Compensation for OCONUS Jobs

The Truth About Compensation for OCONUS Jobs

Want to understand how compensation works for OCONUS jobs? Check out this question and answer with an overseas federal employee.

Background Checks for Federal Employees- What You Need to Know

Background Checks for Federal Employees- What You Need to Know

I wrote this post to help potential federal employees navigate their background checks using the SF-85 and land their first federal job.

Federal Employees Oath of Office: Ultimate Guide for New Employees and Those Who Have Forgotten It

Federal Employees Oath of Office: Ultimate Guide for New Employees and Those Who Have Forgotten It

If you’re thinking about joining the ranks of federal employees who have already signed the oath of office, I’ll walk you through what it says

Federal Employee Lunch Break Rules- All You’ll Ever Need to Know

Federal Employee Lunch Break Rules- All You’ll Ever Need to Know

This post breaks down and explains all of the rules and regulations regarding federal employee lunch break rules in plain language.

Can federal employees have a second job?

Can federal employees have a second job?

Can federal employees have a second job. In most cases, yes. Check out this post for a summary of the rules and pitfalls to avoid.

Working for Private Companies Versus the Government: Numbers Don’t Lie

Working for Private Companies Versus the Government: Numbers Don’t Lie

Surviving a government shutdown

Surviving a government shutdown

The 2018-2019 US government shutdown was the longest in US history. Here is my story about surviving a government shutdown.