Agency Policies Gone Awry – Part 2

September 23, 2013 9:38 PM Comments

In this follow-on article, the author addresses comments from readers and identifies actions that federal employees can take and have taken to change policy and bring about needed improvements.

MSPB Issues First Furlough Decisions and Indicates What’s Ahead in the Appeals to Come

September 22, 2013 12:57 PM Comments

The Merit Systems Protection Board signals its approach to furlough appeals in first two cases. The Board appeared to find that Agencies have broad decision making authority about where and how to take spending cuts but Agencies must treat employees in a “fair and even manner”. The author thinks that what that means is yet to be decided.

FRTIB Issues Interim Final Rule Defining Spouse

September 20, 2013 12:01 PM Comments

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB), the agency responsible for administering the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), announced today that it has promulgated an interim final rule revising its regulations to provide that the FRTIB will look to the jurisdiction of celebration to determine a participant’s marital status.

House Passes Bill to Fund Government, Defund ObamaCare

September 20, 2013 11:41 AM Comments

The House voted Friday to fund the government through mid December but defund ObamaCare, setting up a showdown with the Senate over a possible government shutdown on October 1.

Government Shutdown: Are Federal Workers at Risk?

September 19, 2013 11:35 PM Comments

The looming possibility of a government shutdown is getting more and more media attention as the end of the month approaches. But just how likely is a shutdown to affect the federal workforce?

Quick Actions Save The Day

September 19, 2013 1:28 PM Comments

Sacramento, CA, Letter Carrier Esmeralda Carrillo recently helped save a residence from a total loss from a fire.

White House Directs Agencies to Prepare for Shutdown

September 18, 2013 11:51 AM Comments

White House Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia Burwell said in a recent memo that federal agencies should be updating their plans for operations in the event of a government shutdown.

Website Offers Discounts to Federal Employees

September 17, 2013 6:07 PM Comments

Looking for discounts on products? GovX.com is a website that offers members of the military and related federal agencies discounts on various products for the home and outdoors.

Free Email Updates

Sign up for our free email updates to get our latest news sent directly to your inbox
  • Our top stories sent each business day
  • More news from your FedSmith.com authors
  • The day's closing prices for the TSP funds
  • Videos for the federal workforce