New Survey Shows The Top 3 Reasons Many Feds Are Not Retiring: How Would You Have Responded?

June 30, 2015 2:35 PM Comments

According to recent statistics, many federal employees that can retire are not doing so. The author asks why this is the case and provides some reasons why he thinks this is happening.

Senior Executives Are Happier Than the Employees They Supervise

June 30, 2015 6:29 PM Comments

New data from the Partnership for Public Service show that members of the Senior Executive Service are more satisfied with their jobs than the employees they oversee.

The FERS Special Retirement Supplement and Special Category Employees

June 29, 2015 2:12 PM Comments

The Special Retirement Supplement (SRS) is a payment that is made by OPM and is designed to approximate the amount of an age 62 Social Security benefit that is due to civilian service under the FERS retirement system. How doest this apply to Special Category Employees?

Bill Exempting Some Feds From TSP Withdrawal Penalty Becomes Law

June 29, 2015 7:37 PM Comments

The Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act has been signed into law. What does this mean for federal employees and their Thrift Savings Plan investments?

Who is Accountable If Your Data Gets Hacked?

June 30, 2015 2:31 PM Comments

It will probably surprise many that American law offers few ways to punish those responsible for failing to prevent such a spectacular breach of U.S. cyber security.

VA Watchdog Stepping Down

June 30, 2015 5:05 PM Comments

The embattled chief watchdog of the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday he is stepping down at the end of this week.

TSA Employee Criticized For Posting Pic of Passenger’s $75,000

June 30, 2015 7:27 PM Comments

A picture tweeted out by a Transportation Security Administration employee is creating attention, although not necessarily the kind the TSA intended.

IRS Lawyer Now Heads Clinton Email Production

June 30, 2015 7:29 PM Comments

A year ago, Catherine Duval was embroiled in the scandal over former IRS official Lois Lerner’s lost emails. Now the top government attorney is heading up another document project in the cross-hairs of Congress: the State Department’s release of Hillary Clinton’s emails and Libya documents to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

How Much of the TSA’s Workforce Is Made Up of Military Veterans?

June 30, 2015 5:06 PM Comments

The Transportation Security Administration now employs roughly 12,500 military veterans, about 21 percent of its entire workforce.

The Myth of Consistency

June 28, 2015 2:04 PM Comments

Should two employees with different work histories, attitudes, and behaviors receive the same discipline for the same offense? While this may seem like a simple question, the author highlights a scenario that makes it more complicated and explains why federal managers should not always apply consistent discipline.

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