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*** The Office of Personnel Management announced its final six locality pay areas for 2019.

Four original proposed pay areas — Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, Ala.; Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.; San Antonio-New Braunfels-Pearsall, Texas; and the Virginia Beach-Norfolk area spanning Virginia and North Carolina — were confirmed, as were two additional areas recommended by the Federal Salary Council and approved by the President’s Pay Agent.

The two additional areas are the Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice, Texas, area, as well as the Omaha-Council and Bluffs-Fremont combined metro area that includes parts of Nebraska and Iowa.

OPM estimates the six new locality pay areas will impact about 70,000 federal employees. The changes will apply to the first pay period of January.

*** The IRS added a new social account. The dry, just-the-facts tax agency is make a go on Instagram in an effort to meet young taxpayers where they live. Since its Nov. 30 debut on the platform, the IRS has attracted just over 2,300 followers.

The move to Instagram, "will help make people aware of important options they have during the upcoming filing season as well as other tax information they might not be aware" Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement.

*** The Government Publishing Office is making congressional documents easier to access in bulk online. Final copies of bills and laws dating back to 2013, as well as statutes-at-large going back to 2003, will be available in XML format, allowing users to more easily download large sets of documents and access them on mobile, as opposed to having to download files individually.

GPO collaborated with the Office of the Clerk of the House, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, and the Office of the Federal Register on the transition.

Posted on Dec 04, 2018 at 12:57 AM


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