August TSP Returns Available

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) returns for August 2015 and the year-to-date are now available for all TSP funds at

Medicare Part B Premiums Are Scheduled to Rise 52% in January

August 31, 2015 3:27 PM Comments
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Starting in January, most retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), who also are enrolled in Medicare Part B, could see a 52% jump in their monthly Medicare premiums.

Social Security Strategy: Boost Lifetime Payouts With The Spousal Benefit

September 1, 2015 12:44 PM Comments

These strategies can help you boost your Social Security income in retirement.

Let’s Kill The Performance Appraisal Process

August 30, 2015 4:53 PM Comments

With businesses learning that traditional performance appraisal processes are bad for business, the author says that it is time to admit they are bad for government too. He explains his reasoning for this opinion and provides suggestions for improving the process.

Veterans: Federal Jobs Can Be A Bad Fit, So Many Of Us Leave

September 1, 2015 8:38 AM Comments

Veterans who’ve joined the government find it’s just too bureaucratic. They bristle at the resentment they feel from colleagues who know they went to the head of the hiring queue. They acknowledge that they don’t always fit in: Just below the surface, deep culture clashes in their offices simmer. These are among the stated reasons why veterans don’t last long in federal jobs.

Big Hacks, Big Data Add Up To Blackmailer’s Dream

September 1, 2015 8:28 AM Comments

The author says that individuals exposed in the recent Ashley Madison and OPM data breaches make for good blackmail targets when you consider the mix of data on security clearances and extramarital affairs.

Clinton, Aides Stressed Protecting State Department Info In Email

September 1, 2015 8:24 AM Comments

Clinton and her aides at the State Department were acutely aware of the need to protect sensitive information when discussing international affairs over email and other forms of unsecure electronic communication, according to the latest batch of messages released by the agency from Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

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