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MSPB Report Explains Veterans’ Hiring Laws

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 20, 2014

A new report issued by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) discusses Federal laws and regulations regarding the preferences in hiring that Federal agencies can or must give to veterans and certain family members.

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Pay Fairness: Views From the Federal Workforce

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 19, 2014

Columns on federal pay always prompt strongly stated comments that confirm the General Schedule system is broken. Two recent articles by FedSmith.com author Howard Risher are no exception. Risher says that employee stories of personal experience should be read by every leader concerned about government and about achieving agency goals. He highlights some of the most telling comments from FedSmith.com users on his recent articles on federal pay.

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Your TSP: Roll It Over or Leave It?

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 18, 2014

When you retire, you will be faced with many choices as to what to do with your Thrift Savings Plan investments. This article considers the choice of leaving your money in the TSP or transferring it into an IRA.

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The Disability Dilemma

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 18, 2014

In this editorial, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) explain some of the obstacles that lie ahead for fixing the Social Security Disability Insurance program and the challenges that will face the next commissioner of the Social Security Administration as a result.

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Keen Attention Helps Elderly Man

Filed in News by on August 18, 2014

San Francisco District Letter Carrier Richard Cairo was delivering mail when he noticed several irregularities in the normal schedule of an elderly customer and ultimately decided to call the police.

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The Unknown Alternative to Phased Retirement

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 17, 2014

The author says that the loss of the annuity supplement under phased retirement is a big disadvantage. However, he outlines a comparable alternative that could help offset this loss.

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3 Practical Things to Keep in Mind if You Have to Give a Talk (and Would Rather Poke Yourself in the Eye)

Filed in News by on August 14, 2014

If you are going to be speaking in public, it can be an overwhelming experience. The author offers some tips on how to prepare to ensure your speech is a success.

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Human Resources’ Seat at the Table: Five Tips to Earn and Leverage Your Value

Filed in News by on August 13, 2014

Whether you work at a government agency, mega-corporation, or a small business, leaders are requiring more of Human Resources (HR) than ever before. The author offers five tips to help HR professionals demonstrate their value within organizations.

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