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FedSmith.com Users Lack Faith in Social Security

Filed in Headlines, News by on October 30, 2014

FedSmith.com users said in a recent poll that they do not have confidence that Social Security will be able to pay benefits to them when they reach retirement.

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Official Time and the Implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement – A Micro Perspective

Filed in Headlines, News by on October 29, 2014

The author says that much has been written about the number of hours of official time used by the government, but from the perspective of Congress, OPM and others. She instead suggests looking at the subject from the perspective of federal employees in the workplace.

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Winter Vacation Deals for Feds

Filed in Headlines, News by on October 28, 2014

Escaping the cold weather is among the many reasons one might take a vacation this time of year. The author presents some vacation ideas as well as companies and websites that offer travel discounts for federal employees looking to plan their fall and winter vacations.

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Social Security’s Means Test

Filed in News by on October 27, 2014

Very little in the U.S. tax code draws the ire of taxpayers and creates the confusion of the taxation of Social Security benefits. The author provides details about the taxes surrounding Social Security in an attempt to clear up some of the confusion.

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Appeals Court Hands Fired DHS Employee His Job Back

Filed in News by on October 26, 2014

Score this recent published decision by the Federal Circuit as a big and clear win for the fired Customs and Border Agent and his legal team. He could not convince the agency, the Administrative Law Judge, or the Merit Systems Protection Board. But that does not matter because he definitely convinced the court that he had been too harshly treated.

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FEVS Results Show Declining Trends in Employee Satisfaction

Filed in News by on October 24, 2014

OPM has released the results of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, and they suggest declining trends are present among overall job satisfaction in the federal workforce. What is your opinion – Are you satisfied with your job? Do you believe morale is declining in the federal workforce? Here is your chance to share your feedback.

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Do You Want the Day After Christmas Off?

Filed in News by on October 22, 2014

Should you get the day after Christmas off this year? Federal employees are asking the president to issue an executive order to make it an extra paid holiday. Take this short survey and share your opinion.

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COLA Announced for 2015: It’s 1.7%

Filed in News by on October 22, 2014

The COLA next year for many federal retirees and Social Security recipients will be 1.7%.

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