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Should You Get a Survivor Annuity or Purchase Life Insurance?

Filed in News by on August 20, 2007 Comments

Many contemplating retirement wonder if they should purchase a survivor annuity or purchase life insurance. Here are several considerations you should contemplate when making this decision.

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Continuing Saga of Deep Throat

Filed in News by on August 20, 2007 Comments

Deep Throat was an anonymous source for information given to the Washington Post about former President Richard Nixon. Deep Throat was an anonymous federal employee with inside information. The saga continues with disputes about the large amount of money that may be reaped from the story.

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Got $102,300?

Filed in News by on August 17, 2007 Comments

The Social Security earning ceiling is going up by $4,800 over this years limit. If you make more than the ceiling, you will get a raise of 6.2%.

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NLRB V. FLRA: NLRB Union Pickets and Exchanges Press Releases with Management in the Ongoing Dispute over FLRA’s Decision

Filed in News by on August 15, 2007 Comments

A dispute between the National Labor Relations Board Union and the agency is heating up as the union begins picketing and calling for the resignation of the agency’s General Counsel. The NLRB responds with its own press release.

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Privacy Among Federal Employees: Who Has More Rights?

Filed in News by on August 15, 2007 Comments

What happens to information in agency case files when an agency employee with access to those files pursues his own complaint? Can the employee in the human resources or EEO office use those files to his own advantage? In a complex case, the MSPB upholds a 30-day suspension of a federal employee who had access to private information and who also had his own axe to grind.

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Stock Market Volatility and Your Retirement Funds: How Did TSP Investors React Last Week?

Filed in News by on August 14, 2007 Comments

A rational person could read recent financial headlines and conclude that the end of wealth accumulation was at hand. A credit crunch, falling housing prices, falling stock prices and general panic seemed to be in the air. How did TSP investors react? Did they bail out of their TSP stock funds? Here are the statistics that reflect the actions of your fellow investors.

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Considering Prior Discipline in the Selection Process: Can You or Can’t You?

Filed in News by on August 12, 2007 Comments

Can you consider prior discipline in the selection process? Here is a quick summary of the situation. What is your opinion? Read the article and send in your comments.

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Table of Penalties is a Guide Court Tells Fired Fed

Filed in News by on August 12, 2007 Comments

A federal employee can sometimes challenge a disciplinary or adverse action through arbitration instead of going to MSPB. That happened in this case and the employee was apparently disappointed when the arbitrator upheld his removal for inappropriate conduct. The employee then went to court to try and get the arbitration decision tossed out but the court found that a table of penalties is a guide and not binding on the agency and he remains fired.

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