Archive for August, 2012

10 Ways to Maximize Your Federal Benefits In The Middle of Your Career

By on August 31, 2012 in Current Events, Human Resources with 21 Comments

The author outlines ten things you can do now to make the most of your federal benefits.

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Election Season and Hatch Act Don't Mix

By on August 30, 2012 in Current Events with 22 Comments

Two recent Hatch Act violations serve as a reminder to federal employees about risks to their jobs during an election season. Some federal employees are even subject to violations outside of the office.

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GOP Platform Proposes Cutting Federal Workforce, Pay Adjustments

By on August 28, 2012 in Pay & Benefits with 182 Comments

The Republican Party platform that was adopted Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa would cut the size of the federal workforce and adjust federal pay and benefits to “reflect those of the private sector.”

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Federal Circuit Stresses Security Removal Options Over MSPB

By on August 28, 2012 in Court Cases, Current Events with 6 Comments

In a landmark case (Berry v. Conyers), the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals tells Agencies that if an employee no longer is able to hold a “sensitive” position, the removal is not subject to “Adverse Action” rules or appealable to MSPB. While the principle is not new, the Court decision begs the question of why Agencies don’t use this flexibility more often.

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Government Grows Disabled Worker Ranks, Struggles to Curb Disability Discrimination

The federal government is getting better at hiring individuals with disabilities, but the author says that based on his experience, there is room for improvement.

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Great Ways to Give Back As a Federal Employee

By on August 27, 2012 in Current Events, Leadership with 27 Comments

Federal employees certainly give a lot of money to charities; there is no doubt about that. Here are some additional ways that federal employees can give back.

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Prepare for Tax Changes in 2013

By on August 24, 2012 in Current Events with 49 Comments

Will the Bush era tax cuts be extended by Congress? Nobody knows, but regardless of what Congress does, the authors offer steps one can consider taking before year end to improve your personal finances.

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Letter Carrier Helps Customer

By on August 23, 2012 in Current Events with 3 Comments

Letter Carrier John Townsend was making his rounds in the San Diego area when he had the opportunity to help an elderly woman who had fallen in front of her home.

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No Pay Raise Until Congress Passes a Budget

By on August 21, 2012 in Current Events, Pay & Benefits with 215 Comments

President Obama said Tuesday in a letter to Congress that he will use his authority to give federal employees a 0.5% pay raise in 2013, but only if Congress passes a budget.

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Former AFGE Border Patrol Council President Indicted

By on August 21, 2012 in Current Events with 23 Comments

The former President of the National Border Patrol Council, a major component of the American federation of Government Employees, was indicted August 16 on 13 criminal charges. These charges related to actions allegedly taken by him while serving as President.

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