Daily Dose: What About Our Children?

Do you receive a child care subsidy as a Federal employee?

Joe Davidson at the Washington Post thinks it’s not enough:

Child-care subsidy is spotty for government employees

Here’s why:

One benefit [the Federal government] provides, at least on paper and to some workers, is child-care subsidies. It’s certainly a good investment to support day care for the children of low- and moderate-income federal workers.

Each agency sets parameters for its own program. OPM, for example, pays 70 percent of the child-care costs for employees with family incomes less than $40,000; 40 percent for those with family incomes up to $55,000 and 25 percent for employees in families making up to $60,000, the maximum.

Yet some agencies – the Social Security Administration is one – don’t take advantage of the subsidy program. On paper, the Veterans Affairs Department does participate, but in reality, its program has been in shambles.

Read the full story here.

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) helps to ensure that even more employees are helped…and we’re giving $5 to FEEA for every new member that joins GovLoop between now and December 21.

But what’s the story in your agency?

Have you benefited from the child care subsidy?

Or is your agency’s program in “a shambles”?

Eager to get your thoughts…

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