Tag: government

2018 Pay Raise Approved for Federal Employees on GS Pay Scale

[Updated 2018 GS pay chart] In his first year of office President Trump has approved an across the board 1.4% 2018 pay rise for the over 1.5 million government employees on… Read more »

2013 Debt Ceiling Debate – Spending Cuts, Soaring Deficit, Tax Refund Delays and Political Theatrics

As I was writing this article I re-read my original pieces on the 2011 debt ceiling debate/deal and got a major sense of deja-vu. After 18 months we are back in the same place with… Read more »

Will We Fall Off The Fiscal Cliff in 2013 – Impacts on Your Taxes and Finances

The Washington Post had two graphics that neatly summarize the impacts from the fiscal cliff. This is the number one topic in the world of finance and almost all Americans… Read more »

2016 HARP Program Extension and Other Government Housing Refinance Programs

[Updated for 2016] – The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) has been extended to the end of 2016. Under this program home owners may be able to reduce their mortgage payments by as much… Read more »

Will The Debt Ceiling be Raised and Who’s to Blame for This Mess – Republicans or Democrats?

The national debt debate continues with millions of federally funded individuals and corporations facing the real prospect of taking a big hit to their bottom line if the debt ceiling… Read more »

How Much A Debt Deal Will Cost You With Higher Taxes, Fewer Deductions, Lower Benefits and Working Longer

[Update as of July 23rd] It’s time to pay for the American dream. In various discussions around how to cut the national debt, so that we don’t have to keep… Read more »

Is Another Home Buyer Credit or More Foreclosure Relief In The Works as Housing Market Faces Double-Dip

With home values continuing to drop to record lows across the nation many home buyers are reluctant to make a purchase this year; which places even more pressure on home… Read more »

Is another Government Shutdown Likely in 2014 and 2015 – Will Social Security Benefits, Contractor and Federal Employee Pay Stop Again?

Updated Nov. 2015] With the President taking executive action on immigration policy, Republicans are vowing to stop him by defunding public agencies that could implement this executive action. House Speaker, John Boehner said he… Read more »

2013 Locality Pay Rates – General Schedule (GS) Pay Table Adjustments

[2013 Locality Pay Rates Update] The president has signed an executive order that freezes GS pay rises in 2013. Unfortunately the executive order and existing continuing resolution also stated that, “……….. Read more »