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Letters Showcase Spat Between Lawmaker and VA Deputy Secretary Over Bonuses for VA Employees

By on December 21, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Letters Showcase Spat Between Lawmaker and VA Deputy Secretary Over Bonuses for VA Employees

The Deputy Secretary of the VA is unhappy about a law recently passed that limits awards and incentives for VA employees. However, the Chairman of the House VA Committee made it clear he won’t budge on repealing the bonus restrictions.

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Some Things Should Be Kept From the Boss

By on December 21, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

The appeals court has thrown out an arbitration decision upholding removal of a Department of Defense teacher, finding her due process was violated when the chain of command discussed her case.

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DC Just Gave Workers 8 Weeks of Paid Leave; What Does This Mean for Federal Employees?

By on December 20, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The city council in Washington, DC has voted to give employees there 8 weeks of paid family leave. What will this mean for federal employees who work in the District?

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3 Reasons Not to Send an Introductory Letter to a Federal Hiring Manager

on December 20, 2016 in Leadership with 0 Comments
The author, who worked as a hiring manager in the government, says that he would naturally tend to recoil when aspiring employees sent him unsolicited emails with a resume. He explains why he believes this is problematic for federal job seekers.

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Government Leaving People Impoverished by Garnishing Social Security

on December 20, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
To recoup student-loan debt, the government is leaving people who rely on Social Security with benefits that fall below federal poverty guidelines, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday.

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How TSP Investments Have Changed: 2009 – 2016

By on December 20, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
How TSP Investments Have Changed: 2009 – 2016

The most popular Thrift Savings Plan funds change as the stock market goes up or down. Here is how investments in these funds has changed over the past few years.

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VA Reverses Course, Releases Health Care Quality Data

on December 20, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
The Department of Veterans Affairs has quietly released quality-of-care ratings for its medical centers across the country, despite years of refusing to share them with the public.

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Protect Your Family with Important Estate Planning Documents

By on December 20, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Protect Your Family with Important Estate Planning Documents

Have you considered what would happen to your loved ones and to your assets after you pass away? Proper planning is important to ensure your wishes are carried out. Here is a list of important forms federal employees need to handle the beneficiary designations for their federal benefits.

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Senators: ‘Urgent Need’ to Improve the VA

By on December 20, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Senators: ‘Urgent Need’ to Improve the VA

Two Senators sent a letter to vice president-elect Mike Pence telling him about a myriad of problems within the VA they hope to see fixed under a new administration.

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myRA Program Starts Off With a Whimper

on December 20, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Two years after the president used his State of the Union speech to direct the Treasury Department to “create a new way for working Americans to start their own retirement savings plan” and a year after its national rollout, the myRA program has a long way to go to help the millions of Americans that a White House had envisioned.

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