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Witness Preparation: The Key to Success

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The author says that witness preparation is a very important step in the preparation process for a successful hearing. He recounts some of his own personal experiences to illustrate why he believes this to be so.

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Melting Walls and Social Security Numbers for Dead People: Highlights From the New ‘Waste Watch’

Filed in News by on April 9, 2015 Comments

Congressman Steve Russell (R-OK) is continuing the practice of former Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) of putting out a periodic report highlighting wasteful government spending. Here is a sampling of items identified by the Congressman.

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Top 20 Federal Agencies With the Highest Average Salaries

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Which federal organizations have the highest average salaries? Here is a listing of the top 20.

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Are You On Track For Your Next Promotion? Four Key Areas To Evaluate

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Have you ever noticed that when it comes to promotions there seems to be little rhyme or reason to the process? Your organization has promotion criteria, and yet for every set of criteria you look around and see someone getting promoted who didn’t meet them. It can be frustrating, but there are some things you can do.

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Member Pizzella Says “Enough is Enough” to Abusive Union Reps in FLRA Dissent

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This FLRA appears ideologically mandated to excuse virtually any union bad behavior. As a result of the FLRA’s failure to hold unions accountable for it, the misbehavior happens frequently

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FedSmith.com Users Provide Suggestions for Improving the Federal Work Experience

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FedSmith.com recently asked our users for their suggestions on ways to improve the federal work experience. The responses covered a number of areas respondents felt needed improvement, such as agency leadership or dealing with problem employees. The author takes a closer look at the feedback received and gives his analysis as to what it means for the federal workforce.

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Retirement Claims Backlog Dips Slightly in March

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The latest retirement processing status report from the Office of Personnel Management shows that the backlog of outstanding claims has come down slightly as of the end of March.

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Can You Retire Before Age 59.5 Without Incurring TSP Penalties?

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The author says that many federal employees have fixated on the age 59.5 with respect to supplementing income from the TSP without penalty. However, he says there are other options for accessing your money if you retire before this age.

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