VA Can’t Provide Data to Support Leasing Instead of Building

  on September 29, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
The Department of Veterans Affairs has been leasing medical facilities in recent years, rather than building its own, in order to stay flexible with changing health care needs. But the VA has failed to prove why leasing is worth the extra cost, said Rebecca Shea, an official with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, on Wednesday.

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Veterans With Cancer Died After Delays at VA Hospital

  on September 29, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Patients at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in New Mexico who were eventually diagnosed with cancer experienced delays in care that put their health at risk, according to the agency’s inspector general.

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House Passes Funding Bill, Averting a Shutdown

  on September 29, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
The House on Wednesday approved a bill to fund the federal government through December 9, averting a costly shutdown two days ahead of the deadline.

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IRS Employees Sentenced For Stealing Tax Refunds

  on September 28, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Two IRS employees are being sent to prison for defrauding taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Treasury Department inspector general reports released Wednesday.

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Senate Approves Deal to Keep Government Open

  on September 28, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
The Senate approved a stop-gap spending deal Wednesday to avert a government shutdown this weekend and provide $1.1 billion in long-awaited aid to combat the Zika virus.

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6.2% Average Health Insurance Increase for Federal Employees

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6.2% Average Health Insurance Increase for Federal Employees

The average rate increase for 2017 under the health insurance plan for federal employees (FEHB) will be 6.2% in 2017.

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What Happens to Your Pay in the Event of a Shutdown?

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What Happens to Your Pay in the Event of a Shutdown?

The possibility of a shutdown is again facing federal employees as the fiscal year draws to a close. What will happen to your pay if there is a partial government shutdown?

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Lawmakers Near Deal To Avoid Shutdown

  on September 28, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
House and Senate leaders on Wednesday morning were putting the finishing touches on a deal to avert a government shutdown, fund the government into mid-December and leave town to focus on Election Day.

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4 Practical Tips For Hiring Federal Employees

  on September 28, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
The author, who has been responsible for both hiring and disciplining federal employees, says that it is important to take time, effort and discipline to hire good employees. He offers federal managers some tips to improve their hiring processes.

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Fewer Than One In Five State Department Employees With Security Clearance Completed Classified Info Training

  on September 28, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Fewer than one in five employees with a security clearance at the State Department has completed the mandated training for handling classified information as required by a 2009 Executive Order signed by President Obama, according to a new report from the government watchdog with oversight.

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