Tag: Current Events

OPM Removes Prohibition on Sex Change Coverage Under FEHB

Filed in News by on June 16, 2014

OPM has removed the prohibition on federal employee health insurance for providing for sex change operations and “transition care” for someone who has undertaken this process.

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“Ask Not What You Can Do For Your Country” vs. Making Government “Cool”

Filed in News by on June 15, 2014

President Kennedy inspired many young Americans to work for government and to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” That appeal worked. President Obama has tried to emulate Kennedy by making government “cool” again. Has the promise succeeded?

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Revolutionizing Government in 5 Minutes or Less

Filed in News by on June 15, 2014

The 2014 Next Generation of Government Summit will be held July 24-25 in Washington, DC. The objective of the conference is to provide “…opportunities for emerging leaders to further enhance their day-to-day career and the betterment of government overall.”

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Comments, Trolls and Communicating in the Internet Age

Filed in News by on June 12, 2014

The Internet era has fostered new methods of communication in our daily lives. While these carry many advantages, there can be downsides as well. And with new ways to communicate come new terms, such as “troll.” What is a troll? How do you respond to a person you think might be one? And how does all of this come into play with how FedSmith monitors the comments left by users on its website?

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad – I Just Cost You Your Security Clearance

Filed in News by on June 11, 2014

Fathers who work for the federal government or for defense contractors make many sacrifices for their children. But sometimes their children can cost them their security clearance. The author explains why this is the case.

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Highest Salaries and Bonuses Paid in Phoenix VA Facility

Filed in News by on June 8, 2014

The Veterans Health Administration in Phoenix has been subject to scrutiny in recent days as a result of the controversy over veterans care provided by the agency. In response to queries for salaries and bonuses at this facility, here is a listing of the highest ones.

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Legislation Introduced to Stop EPA Carbon Rule

Filed in News by on June 3, 2014

Two House members are introducing legislation that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule that would set caps on carbon emissions from existing power plants.

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Recognition for Highest Performing SES Members

Filed in News by on June 1, 2014

Members of the Senior Executive Service are supposed to compensated based on performance. Annual awards can be substantial but were canceled last year with no recognition of the highest performing SES members.

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