Why is Inauguration Day Treated Differently Than Other Holidays?

By on January 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Why is Inauguration Day Treated Differently Than Other Holidays?

Can you explain why Inauguration Day is treated differently than other legal public holidays, for “in lieu of” purposes? Some of OPM’s guidance on the holiday is perplexing.

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Buyouts and Early Outs

By on January 15, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Buyouts and Early Outs

The author provides some general information about early outs and buyouts along with questions federal employees should ask themselves if they are considering taking one of these.

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TSA Chief Not Staying On For Trump’s Administration

on January 14, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger plans to leave his position on Inauguration Day.

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Former Official: VA Slow to Discipline Employees

on January 14, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
A former agency official says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is slow to discipline employees for misconduct and too willing to settle disciplinary cases without firing the workers involved.

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U.S. to Pay Billions To Marines Affected By Contaminated Drinking Water

on January 14, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion.

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DOJ to Review FBI’s Handling of Clinton Email Probe

By on January 12, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
DOJ to Review FBI’s Handling of Clinton Email Probe

The Department of Justice IG has announced his office will be reviewing how the FBI handled its inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email use around the time of the presidential election.

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Salaries of Federal PR Employees Featured in Senator’s Annual ‘Wastebook’

By on January 12, 2017 in Agency News, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Salaries of Federal PR Employees Featured in Senator’s Annual ‘Wastebook’

A new report from Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) details 50 examples of government programs that he feels are some of the most egregious examples of wasteful spending at the federal level. The salaries of a select group of federal employees made the list.

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Trump’s Big Challenge: Cutting Federal Workers

on January 12, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Donald Trump has promised to cut the overall size of the federal workforce, but his plan says nothing about contract workers, a group which has grown substantially in recent years.

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6 Possible Civil Service Changes in the 115th Congress

By on January 12, 2017 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
6 Possible Civil Service Changes in the 115th Congress

The author outlines six possible changes that federal employees could see under a new administration that would impact areas such as collective bargaining, pay and benefits, and the federal retirement system.

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Chaffetz: It’s Time to Get Federal Agencies Out of Washington

By on January 12, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Chaffetz: It’s Time to Get Federal Agencies Out of Washington

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a resolution this week which provides support for the notion of moving federal agencies out of Washington and into other parts of the country.

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