Should DOT Regulate ‘Emotional Support Animals’?

By on October 21, 2018 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Should DOT Regulate ‘Emotional Support Animals’?

More people are bringing untrained pets into public for “emotional support,” but it’s leading to problems and more calls for regulation.

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When Will the COLA Increase Appear in My Annuity Check?

By on October 19, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
When Will the COLA Increase Appear in My Annuity Check?

I am a federal retiree. When will I see the annual COLA increase in my annuity payments?

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VA Says Morale is Improving Among its Employees

By on October 19, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Says Morale is Improving Among its Employees

There is a positive trend in morale among VA employees according to the latest employee feedback survey results.

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DOI Probe Faults Agency Secretary for Travels with His Wife

on October 19, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
A forthcoming report from the Department of Interior's Inspector General obtained by Politico says that agency secretary Ryan Zinke sought to skirt or alter department policies to justify his taxpayer-funded trips with his wife.

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Dos and Don’ts for Feds Planning Their Next Cruise

By on October 18, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Dos and Don’ts for Feds Planning Their Next Cruise

The latter part of the year is often a popular time to plan a vacation. Here are some tips on how to get discounts on your next cruise.

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Trump Proposes 5 Percent Budget Cut For Each Cabinet Agency

on October 18, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
On the heels of a new Treasury Department report showing a 17 percent rise in the annual federal budget deficit, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was asking his Cabinet to propose major belt-tightening.

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OPM Assumes No Pay Raise in 2019

By on October 18, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Assumes No Pay Raise in 2019

Will there be a federal employee pay raise for 2019? A new memo from OPM casts some doubt over the possibility.

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Treasury Employee Arrested on Accusations of Leaking Media Secret Information About Suspicious Financial Transactions

on October 17, 2018 in Current Events with 0 Comments
A federal employee with the Treasury Department has been arrested on charges that she leaked to BuzzFeed News multiple reports about suspicious financial transactions involving ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, law-enforcement officials said.

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Federal Employee Annual Raises and Inflation

By on October 17, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Employee Annual Raises and Inflation

An earlier article compared the average federal pay raise for a number of years to the rate of inflation. Some readers wanted more data. Here it is.

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Backlog of Appeals Cases at MSPB Likely to Grow

on October 17, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Backlog of Appeals Cases at MSPB Likely to Grow It will take a minimum of three years to work through the backlog of over 1,500 appeals cases at the Merit Systems Protection Board to grow according to the agency's acting chairman.

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