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The Office of Personnel Management received roughly the same number of new retirement claims in May as it did in April, however, because fewer were processed, the backlog of outstanding claims remained relatively unchanged.
A bill recently signed into law strikes words from federal law books such as “Negro,” “American Indian,” and “Oriental.” The term “illegal aliens” is still being debated in Congress.
Legislation has been introduced in the House that would close a legal loophole to ensure federal employees and contractors are not immune from prosecution for crimes they commit while working abroad.
A bill that would pay bonuses to federal workers who identify unneeded or surplus funds in their agencies has taken another step towards becoming law.
A letter released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform gives credit to OPM rather than one of its contractors for discovering the data breach on the agency’s computer network that left the personal information of millions of current and former federal employees vulnerable.
Legislation has been introduced ahead of the busy summer travel season to direct the TSA to reassign its employees’ duties to help alleviate the growing security lines that have been plaguing airports around the country.
OPM and Central Michigan University have announced an agreement to give federal workers and their families discounts on tuition.
VA Secretary Robert McDonald set off a political firestorm this week when he made comments comparing the wait times at VA hospitals to those at lines for rides at Disney World. Lawmakers are coming out of the woodwork condemning the remarks. Should McDonald resign or is the controversy overblown?