NARFE Embroiled In Political Controversy

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NARFE is facing a backlash from members for suggesting that its current National President be allowed to seek a third term.

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VA Secretary: Let’s Reform Official Time

By on June 22, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
VA Secretary: Let’s Reform Official Time

346 VA employees work full time on union activities. The VA Secretary says reforming use of official time by unions is necessary. This reform will likely take a long time.

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VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Tackles the Issue of Firing Insufficient Workers Without Pitfalls

VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Tackles the Issue of Firing Insufficient Workers Without Pitfalls

The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is expected to become law. These are some of the key changes impacting employee disciplinary procedures.

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House Passes Bill That Would Establish Employee Awards Program at DHS

By on June 21, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
House Passes Bill That Would Establish Employee Awards Program at DHS

The House has passed legislation that would create a series of new initiatives to improve the morale of DHS employees.

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It’s Time That FLRA Should Tell Us Some Things

By on June 21, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
It’s Time That FLRA Should Tell Us Some Things

The author says that the FLRA has destroyed its reputation as a neutral body and suggests it may be time for a report about happenings at the agency.

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EPA Officially Ends Employee Gym Membership Benefits

By on June 20, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
EPA Officially Ends Employee Gym Membership Benefits

The EPA has announced that it will be formally ending its fitness benefits program for agency employees.

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Clinical Psychologist Convicted for His Role in $600 Million Social Security Disability Scheme

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Clinical Psychologist Convicted for His Role in $600 Million Social Security Disability Scheme

A clinical psychologist in Kentucky has been convicted for his role in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration of more than $600 million.

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OPM Issues Warning About Annuity Scam

By on June 20, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM Issues Warning About Annuity Scam

OPM recently issued an alert about a scam that is targeting the annuities of retired federal employees.

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Supreme Court Rules Patent Office Cannot Restrict Free Speech

By on June 20, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Rules Patent Office Cannot Restrict Free Speech

The Supreme Court has concluded that the Patent and Trademark Office cannot discriminate against trademark designations it deems disparaging or inappropriate.

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Annual COLA Inching Toward 2% for January 2018

By on June 19, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Annual COLA Inching Toward 2% for January 2018

The COLA increase for 2018 is edging higher. Here is an outlook for the 2018 COLA and proposals that could impact your current and future federal retirement.

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