Archive for March, 2012

House Approves Federal Worker Cuts, Pay Freeze

By on March 29, 2012 in Current Events with 174 Comments

The House has passed the Ryan budget plan for FY 2013 which includes extending the pay freeze until 2015, reduces the size of the federal workforce, and increases federal employees’ pension contributions.

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If You Want to Add Emphasis in Your Writing, Don't Do Either of These Things

By on March 29, 2012 in Current Events, Leadership with 12 Comments

Writers often try to call attention to certain thoughts or ideas by using these techniques — which often backfire.

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Groups Urge 'No' Vote on Ryan Budget Proposal

By on March 28, 2012 in Current Events with 33 Comments

The Federal-Postal Coalition is urging House members to vote against the recently proposed FY 2013 budget proposal released by the House Budget Committee.

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RSC Budget Would Increase Pension Contributions

By on March 28, 2012 in Retirement with 110 Comments

The Republican Study Committee has released a budget blueprint for FY 2013 which would mandate increased pension contributions for all federal workers rather than just new hires.

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10 Potential Mistakes To Avoid When Considering Retirement

By on March 27, 2012 in Current Events, Retirement with 40 Comments

The author outlines ten common mistakes federal retirees should strive to avoid to get the most out of their retirement benefits.

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No Annuity for Surviving Former Spouse

A former spouse learns she cannot receive the survivor annuity she claims her ex husband, who had worked as a physician with the VA, intended for her to have.

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Legislation Would Merge EPA and DOE

By on March 26, 2012 in Current Events with 13 Comments

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) plans to introduce legislation that would consolidate the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency into a new single agency which would be called the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE).

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Average Federal Salary: $83,679 and Lowest Average Pay Increase in 10 Years

By on March 25, 2012 in Pay & Benefits with 202 Comments

According to one researcher who has concluded that the Federal Salary Council claims of an underpaid federal workforce are unwarranted, average federal pay continues to outpace private sector pay.

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It’s Never Too Late to Start Retirement Planning

By on March 23, 2012 in Retirement with 4 Comments

The author outlines some basic strategies people can use to be financially prepared for retirement.

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House Budget Committee Advances FY 2013 Budget Proposal

By on March 22, 2012 in Current Events with 63 Comments

The House Budget Committee has voted to advance the FY 2013 budget blueprint released Tuesday by Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The budget contains proposed cuts to the federal workforce, increased pensions contributions, and an extended pay freeze through 2015.

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