“Good Intentions” Not a Defense

Filed in Headlines, News by on November 25, 2014

Applying progressive discipline, the IRS ended up firing an employee who dragged his feet every year resulting in late payment of his federal taxes.

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Can You Trust Your Financial Planner?

Filed in Headlines, News by on November 24, 2014

The author lists some important questions you should ask a financial planner to know if he or she is right for helping you with your financial future.

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Is There a Cadillac Tax in Your Future?

Filed in Headlines, News by on November 23, 2014

Is there a “Cadillac” tax on your federal employee health benefits in the future? The tax goes into effect in 2018. Here are the details and how federal employees could be affected.

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12 Unexpected Core Strength Exercises for Leadership

Filed in News by on November 20, 2014

The core of your Leadership Mindset rests on the four aspects of the human experience: the Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual aspects. When one of those core aspects is weakened, your Leadership Mindset is unable to support the tactics required to accomplish your mission. The author offers several tips for keeping each of these aspects going strong.

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The Service Computation Date Comes in Five Flavors

Filed in News by on November 19, 2014

There are potentially five different service computation dates that are used to determine your benefits as a federal employee with which you should be familiar. The author provides details about each one.

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How Much Official Time Used by Federal Unions? No One Really Knows

Filed in News by on November 19, 2014

GAO analyzed a recent OPM report on official time usage by federal employee unions. It found significant discrepancies in the data but OPM noted that providing more accurate data “is not a priority at this time.”

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Holiday Discounts for Federal Employees

Filed in News by on November 18, 2014

With the Christmas shopping season fast approaching, people will be looking for ways to save money. Here are some ways federal employees can get discounts on travel, restaurants, tech items and more.

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Despite Legal Protections, Federal Whistleblowers Can Face Retaliation

Filed in News by on November 17, 2014

The author says that despite strong policy designed to protect the federal employment rights of whistleblowers, federal employees who speak out can still face retaliation on the job. He says its important though for whistleblowers to continue to speak out and have protections for their actions.

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