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TSP Results at Mid-Year: Minor Gains Despite Losses in June

Filed in Headlines, News by on July 2, 2015 Comments

All TSP funds, with the exception of the G fund, showed losses in June including all of the Lifecycle funds. However, all funds remain in positive territory for the year.

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Should the District of Columbia Be a State?

Filed in Headlines, News by on July 1, 2015 Comments

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) recently introduced legislation to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. Do you think this is a good idea, or is statehood for the District unnecessary?

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Senior Executives Are Happier Than the Employees They Supervise

Filed in Headlines, News by on June 30, 2015 Comments

New data from the Partnership for Public Service show that members of the Senior Executive Service are more satisfied with their jobs than the employees they oversee.

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New Survey Shows The Top 3 Reasons Many Feds Are Not Retiring: How Would You Have Responded?

Filed in Headlines, News by on June 30, 2015 Comments

According to recent statistics, many federal employees that can retire are not doing so. The author asks why this is the case and provides some reasons why he thinks this is happening.

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Bill Exempting Some Feds From TSP Withdrawal Penalty Becomes Law

Filed in News by on June 29, 2015 Comments

The Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act has been signed into law. What does this mean for federal employees and their Thrift Savings Plan investments?

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The FERS Special Retirement Supplement and Special Category Employees

Filed in News by on June 29, 2015 Comments

The Special Retirement Supplement (SRS) is a payment that is made by OPM and is designed to approximate the amount of an age 62 Social Security benefit that is due to civilian service under the FERS retirement system. How doest this apply to Special Category Employees?

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The Myth of Consistency

Filed in News by on June 28, 2015 Comments

Should two employees with different work histories, attitudes, and behaviors receive the same discipline for the same offense? While this may seem like a simple question, the author highlights a scenario that makes it more complicated and explains why federal managers should not always apply consistent discipline.

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FedSmith.com Users Say Its Time to Scrap the TSA

Filed in News by on June 25, 2015 Comments

FedSmith.com users indicated in a recent survey that they believe it would be best to drop the TSA in favor of private screeners and also indicated that they avoid flying as much as possible since the agency was established.

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