Dismantling OPM and Changing the Face of the Federal HR Program

By on April 26, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Dismantling OPM and Changing the Face of the Federal HR Program

The dismantling of OPM is starting with a new executive order transferring much of the OPM work to the Department of Defense.

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Former State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Chinese Agents

By on April 25, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Chinese Agents

A former State Department employee has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States for information she provided to Chinese agents in return for gifts.

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Border Patrol Agents Offered 5% Bonus to Stay with the Agency

By on April 25, 2019 in Agency News, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Border Patrol Agents Offered 5% Bonus to Stay with the Agency

CBP is offering Border Patrol agents a retention bonus in an effort to combat a shortage of manpower on the southern border.

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Security Clearance Background Checks To Be Handled By Pentagon

on April 24, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
President Trump ordered the Pentagon Wednesday to take over the government’s massive job of conducting background checks for security clearances.

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Election Agency Limps Into 2020 Cycle

on April 24, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Partisan disputes and a stagnating budget have ground the Federal Election Commission (FEC) nearly to a halt, as a backlog of cases grows and the number of enforcement fines plummet.

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Am I Allowed to Contribute to Both a Roth IRA and the Roth TSP?

By on April 24, 2019 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Am I Allowed to Contribute to Both a Roth IRA and the Roth TSP?

Can I contribute to both a Roth IRA and the Roth TSP?

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Performance-Based Pay Might Work, But Don’t Count On It

By on April 23, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Performance-Based Pay Might Work, But Don’t Count On It

Pay for performance is being pitched again for the federal workforce. The author describes how it could work but also says it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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Social Security, Medicare Projected to Continue Gradual Financial Declines

By on April 23, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Social Security, Medicare Projected to Continue Gradual Financial Declines

The 2019 Trustees reports show that Medicare and Social Security are viable for now but remain on an unsustainable financial path.

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Credit Card Debt and a Good TSP Loan

By on April 22, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Credit Card Debt and a Good TSP Loan

The author says that taking a loan from your TSP is something you should generally avoid, but there are times when it can make sense.

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Retire or Be Fired – A Tough Choice But Not Coercion

By on April 22, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Retire or Be Fired – A Tough Choice But Not Coercion

An Army employee who elected to retire rather than be removed for unacceptable performance sought reinstatement by arguing he was coerced into retiring.

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