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Rumsfeld: Tax Code ‘Too Complicated’

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sent a letter to the IRS along with his 2013 tax returns to alert the agency that he has “absolutely no idea” whether or not his tax returns are accurate.

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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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Will My TSP Go Down?

The stock market has been on a tear since its drop in 2008. Are you worried about losing money in your TSP due to a pullback? Before you make any emotional investment decisions, you may want to read one financial expert’s advice to a federal employee who was recently facing this dilemma.

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OPM Reduces Retirement Backlog

The Office of Personnel Management was able to make a sizable reduction in the number of backlogged retirement claims last month, the first reduction seen in the backlog so far in 2014.

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Ian Smith has worked in the web development field since 1998. During his career, he has been involved in developing a number of web applications on federal topics such as a federal case research system and online newsletters for federal agencies and employees.

Ian is one of the co-founders of, and he maintains the web applications and database for as well as creates new applications for the site in his spare time.

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