OPM Operating Status Alert

Applies to: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Status: Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are open and employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.


C Fund Investors Enjoy Best Monthly Return in 5 Years

March 2, 2015 5:19 PM Comments

Investors in the TSP’s C fund enjoyed their best month of returns since December 2010. So, here is a question you should ask yourself: Are you prepared for the next bear market or will you sell at a loss when the inevitable pull back occurs?

Boehner Moves to End DHS Stalemate

March 3, 2015 10:17 AM Comments

Speaker John Boehner announced that the House will vote Tuesday on the Senate’s bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, a move that could enrage some conservatives but end the impasse over the agency’s funding.

Senate Rejects Proposal To Negotiate With House On DHS Funding, Handing Issue Back To Boehner

March 2, 2015 8:58 PM Comments

The Senate on Monday rejected a House measure for the chambers to meet and negotiate on a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that included immigration provisions — sending the long-lasting crisis back to the GOP-led lower chamber.

FEHBP Modernization Would Improve Service, Save Money

March 3, 2015 10:52 AM Comments

The authors say that the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) provides an opportunity to save taxpayers as much as $300 million dollars and to modernize comprehensive health plans that will better meet consumers’ needs.

Where Is Phased Retirement?

March 2, 2015 9:00 PM Comments

Phased retirement would allow eligible employees to work half-time while receiving half a pension. OPM said agencies could start accepting applicants as soon as Nov. 6, 2014 if they finalized their programs. But so far federal employees have been kept waiting as agencies take months to conduct reviews of the OPM regulations.

This Couple’s Budget Shows How Retirees Can Live On $31,000 A Year

March 3, 2015 8:36 AM Comments

This couple’s budget is limited to the $2,393 they receive each month from Social Security. Including the roughly $2,000 of Medicare payments that are deducted from the checks annually, it’s about $31,000 a year.

Conservatives Offer Boehner Another DHS Deal

March 3, 2015 8:33 AM Comments

A group of conservatives is making another offer to House Republican leaders: extend Department of Homeland Security funding for two weeks while the House and Senate negotiate a long-term solution.

FBI Surveillance Teams Frustrated by Nepotism and Internal Politics

March 3, 2015 9:14 AM Comments

Members of the FBI surveillance teams that secretly track terrorists, spies and mobsters on U.S. soil are increasingly frustrated their mission is being hampered by internal politics and nepotism, according to interviews and documents.

Clinton Defends Use Of Personal E-Mail At State

March 3, 2015 9:12 AM Comments

Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal e-mail account to conduct government business during her four-year tenure as secretary of State may have violated federal regulations.


Red Tape Keeps Some Bad Federal Workers From Being Fired

In the private sector, if you're caught viewing porn on company time or intimidating a co-worker, you'd probably be fired immediately; not so if you're a federal employee. A CBS News investigation looks at how hard it is for the U.S. government to discipline or fire employees who behave badly.

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