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Who Should Be on the New $10 Bill?

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The Treasury Department announced recently that the $10 bill will be the first US currency in more than a century to feature the portrait of a woman. Who do you think is the best candidate for the new $10 bill?

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Reforming the IRS Begins With Customer Service

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In this editorial, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and John Thune (R-SD) say that the key to reforming the IRS is to improve customer service at the agency.

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Will Federal Retirees Get a COLA Increase in 2016?

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How much will federal retirees and Social Security recipients receive with a new COLA calculation that will go into effect in January? As of today, there would not be any increase.

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What Managers Can Do to Help Their Employees Prepare for Retirement

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Managers have an important role in developing their employees, and this includes helping their employees become better prepared for retirement. The author lists some steps federal managers can take to help their employees with this important task.

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2016 Federal Pay Increase Meandering Through Congress

Filed in News by on June 18, 2015 Comments

A House committee has advanced a bill that may impact the federal pay raise for 2016—by not proposing an alternative pay raise figure for next year.

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Circuit Says OPM Dropped the Ball on Suitability, MSPB Can Now Say ‘Hire Liars’

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In a recent case, a panel of D.C. Circuit Court Judges lambasted OPM for asking for a three judge panel to review a single judge’s ruling without having a case to hang its legal hat on. The author explains why this case is important.

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CBO: Social Security Needs a 4.4% Payroll Tax Increase

Filed in News by on June 16, 2015 Comments

The Congressional Budget Office has released its long term budget report which includes a picture into the prospects of Social Security. If you are planning to retire soon, pay attention.

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Balancing Dress Codes With Religious Beliefs

Filed in News by on June 16, 2015 Comments

Employers will use dress and appearance standards to create an employment “brand” for who they are, their culture and their values. As society becomes more casual in its dress standards, employers can find that instituting a dress code will not only draw resistance from some employees, it can land the company in the middle of a religious discrimination lawsuit.

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