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The Mailbox Rule

Filed in News by on August 24, 2014

Historically, federal agencies have used what is known as the “mailbox rule.” This maxim provides that if a notice or letter is properly addressed and duly mailed, it is presumed to have arrived at the mailing address in due course. However, the author cites cases which illustrate that this does not always work out as an agency would expect.

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DoD Violated Laws in Swap of Taliban for U.S. Army Sergeant

Filed in News by on August 21, 2014

According to the GAO, the Department of Defense violated the law when it transferred five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar for the return of an American Army sergeant.

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IRS Income Data a Poor Measure of Inequality

Filed in News by on August 21, 2014

A new report from the Tax Foundation says that using IRS income data to measure overall financial health is a mistake.

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Redeposit Issues Affecting Federal Employee Annuitants

Filed in News by on August 20, 2014

A common situation involving agency misinformation can arise when a federal employee is told that he or she can withdraw his or her contributions and can later redeposit retirement contributions after departing federal service and when he or she reaches retirement age. The author explains the details of this misconception.

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MSPB Report Explains Veterans’ Hiring Laws

Filed in 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 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 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 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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