TSA Says Air Marshals Don’t Follow ‘Ordinary’ Travelers

on August 19, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
After initially refusing to acknowledge the Quiet Skies program existed, the TSA now has repeatedly said that air marshals do not follow ordinary travelers, however, according to some air marshals and some of the travelers who have been monitored, this may not be the case.

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New Colorado VA Hospital is State of the Art, and More Than $1 Billion Over Budget

on August 18, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
A replacement for the VA's existing Denver medical center which took 14 years to build saw costs balloon from $328 million to $1.73 billion as of its opening.

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IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Do a ‘Paycheck Checkup’

By on August 17, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Do a ‘Paycheck Checkup’

The IRS is advising taxpayers to verify their paycheck withholding amounts to ensure they don’t end up with a big refund next year.

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What are Security Clearances and Why Do Some Former Officials Still Have Them?

on August 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
These are some of the basics behind security clearances - who gets them, how long they last, and why former officials retain them for a period of time.

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The High-Five Average Salary

By on August 16, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The High-Five Average Salary

There has been discussion in Congress of switching annuity calculations to a high 5 average salary. What is the potential impact on a federal employee’s annuity?

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Why Hiring Reforms in the 2019 NDAA May Not Make a Difference

By on August 16, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Why Hiring Reforms in the 2019 NDAA May Not Make a Difference

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act includes provisions designed to make it easier for agencies to hire. Will it make a difference?

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Report Suggests Improvements for Handling Federal Employee Misconduct

By on August 15, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Report Suggests Improvements for Handling Federal Employee Misconduct

GAO takes a look at federal employee misconduct and ways agencies can improve how they handle it.

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How Much is $100 Worth in Your State?

By on August 15, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How Much is $100 Worth in Your State?

A new report shows the spending power of $100 in each of the 50 states.

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Three Convictions and a Wedding

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Three Convictions and a Wedding

Two former federal officials have received prison sentences for their role in a conspiracy to defraud the government.

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GSA Releases FY 2019 Per Diem Rates

By on August 14, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
GSA Releases FY 2019 Per Diem Rates

Federal employees who travel for work will see a small increase in their per diem rates for the 2019 fiscal year.

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