Happy New Year!  It’s time to make some predictions for 2014 that affect Federal Employees and Veterans.

1. Feds, You’ll get your 1% raise, (if you’re still working). 

2. Then again, maybe you won’t.  
There’s no guarantee there won’t be another round of furloughs this year once the Defense Service Chiefs figure out they are going to run out of ‘Gas Money’ by August.

Sen. Murray and Rep. Ryan recently inked a compromise to avert another government shutdown.  Here’s how the Deal affects Federal Employees and Veterans.

Short answer:  No effect on benefits for Active Military and Active Feds, minor effect on Retired NG/Reserves, much effect on Active Duty Retired Veterans, Retired Feds, and Future Feds.

For those who have arrived here via search engine, this is (bonus) Part Four of a response to a reader question, “How do I go about starting a Federal Career”?   I recommend you start with Part One of the response to catch up.

So, you wan to be a Fed, huh? Let’s review the traditional advantages to being a Fed: Continue reading