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Tapping a Valuable Resource: The Federal Workforce

Filed in News by on February 17, 2015 Comments

How do you think your agency could improve performance and make government a better place to work? Here is your choice to submit your opinion.

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Turn Your Taxable Portfolio Into A Tax-Free Retirement Account

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on February 16, 2015 Comments

Long-time federal workers under CSRS have a unique opportunity for tax-free retirement income. The author describes how CSRS federal employees can contribute to the little-known Voluntary Contribution Program to overcome some of the major contribution limitations with IRAs.

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President’s Day… or Washington’s Birthday?

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Monday is a holiday, “[T]o insure a minimum of five regularly recurring 3-day weekends each year for Federal employees.” Here is how and why this holiday came to be celebrated.

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Do You Have Mid-Cycle Review Blues?

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Most government organizations have an annual performance review. And many organizations also have a mid-cycle “touch base” review that allows you to see how you’re progressing. The mid-cycle review is a good time to go back and take a look at “What were those three development areas that you were going to put your attention on this year?”

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Bill Would Ban Federal Employees From Watching Porn at Work

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A bill introduced in the House would prohibit federal employees from accessing or watching pornographic material on government computers or devices.

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Disciplinary Actions Against Federal Employees: Never Go It Alone

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As a federal civilian employee, you enjoy various rights, protections and avenues of due process. The author says there is no better time to exercise these rights and protections than when facing a disciplinary matter that could affect, or possibly end, your federal career.

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FedSmith.com Users Showing More Positivity Towards OPM’s Retirement Processing

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FedSmith.com users who have recently retired from federal service indicated some overall improvement in their dealings with the Office of Personnel Management and getting their retirement applications processed.

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The Misguided Warnings About Social Security

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The experts have warned for years that Social Security is heading for a crisis. The author asks which should concern Americans more: the expert’s warnings about Social Security, or the way that they arrived at their conclusions.

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