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Homicide, Suicide and A Federal Retirement Payment

A retired federal employee killed his wife. Should the sons of the former federal employee receive the lump-sum payment from his annuity or should the son of the retired federal employee’s wife receive the money? The MSPB decides.

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FedSmith.com Users Favor Inclusion of Obesity Drugs in FEHB

The Office of Personnel Management recently announced it was not permissible for insurance carriers to exclude obesity drugs under FEHB on the basis that obesity is a lifestyle condition. We asked our users what their thoughts were about this and the majority of responses indicate that the prospect of having coverage for obesity drugs would be a welcome change.

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Should the IRS Use Private Tax Collectors?

The National Treasury Employees Union is urging Congress not to require the Treasury Department to use private collection agencies for collecting taxes, but advocates say the program will benefit the government and the IRS. What is your opinion?

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Tax Revenues Hit Record for First Half of FY 2014

Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1,320,793,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2014, but the federal government still ran a $413,264,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement for March.

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How Many Federal Employees Make More than a Member of Congress?

How much does an individual federal employee make? The database of federal employee salaries has been updated with the latest available salary data and is now available for use.

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FLRA Member Pizzella on Excessive Interference and Abrogation

In a negotiability case involving SSA and AFGE, FLRA Member Pizzella reminded the other members of a recent court ruling reversing a decision and taking those members to task for a theory that the court concluded ended up with two separate results on the same issue depending on which process it arose in. Member Pizzella’s opinion is quoted verbatim in the article and the author suggests it’s worth a read by practitioners.

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Stories About NSA Win Pulitzer

Two news organizations’ stories about National Security Agency surveillance, based upon documents leaked by Edward Snowden, have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service, often described as the highest prize in American journalism.

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April 15, 2014

Fund Last Change YTD
L Income 16.9297 +0.0132 +0.67%
L 2020 21.8814 +0.0341 +0.39%
L 2030 23.5178 +0.0471 +0.25%
L 2040 24.8674 +0.0580 +0.13%
L 2050 14.0625 +0.0349 -0.01%
G Fund 14.3840 +0.0009 +0.68%
F Fund 16.1851 +0.0067 +2.82%
C Fund 23.9515 +0.1613 +0.32%
S Fund 33.2411 +0.1639 -1.28%
I Fund 25.3585 -0.1337 -0.81%
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