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How the VA Improvement and Modernization Act Changed the Appeals Process

November 12, 2019 9:54 AM , Updated November 27, 2019 5:00 PM
How the VA Improvement and Modernization Act Changed the Appeals Process

A new law has changed the VA disability benefits claim process. Here is a summary of the changes.

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Federal Retirees Get a 1.6 % COLA for 2020. No One is Applauding

October 30, 2019 1:22 PM , Updated November 11, 2019 6:33 PM
Federal Retirees Get a 1.6 % COLA for 2020. No One is Applauding

The COLA for 2020 has been met with a tepid response. The author explains how it is calculated as well as prospects for seeing higher future COLAs.

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Déjà vu for USDA?

September 11, 2019 12:42 PM , Updated September 24, 2019 11:01 AM

The author says that past precedent from court decisions indicates the USDA will face an uphill battle in its efforts to relocate some employees.

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TSP Changes Made Easy

August 28, 2019 10:58 AM , Updated September 8, 2019 5:20 PM
TSP Changes Made Easy

Many important changes are coming to the TSP in September. Here is a summary of the new rules and how they will impact federal employees.

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Rough Time in Court for Architect of the Capitol

July 10, 2019 11:44 AM , Updated July 21, 2019 9:55 AM

An appeals court issued two unfavorable decisions for the Architect of the Capitol involving discrimination complaints at the agency.

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The TSP F Fund and the Bearer of Bond News

July 8, 2019 4:25 PM , Updated November 12, 2019 9:37 AM
The TSP F Fund and the Bearer of Bond News

Can you lose money investing in bonds? The author describes the impact interest rate shifts can have on the TSP’s F Fund.

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TSP Promises and Pitfalls?

June 17, 2019 3:11 PM
TSP Promises and Pitfalls?

The guarantee that comes with the G Fund may sound great, but it comes with a hidden retirement risk that many federal employees tend to overlook.

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The Rise of the Occupational Questionnaire

May 16, 2019 10:54 AM , Updated September 4, 2019 9:50 AM
The Rise of the Occupational Questionnaire

Occupational questionnaires replaced the old KSA process, but may have led to unintended consequences for agencies.

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Why I (Still) Work Here

April 29, 2019 10:23 AM , Updated May 7, 2019 10:13 AM
Why I (Still) Work Here

The author recounts his love for his federal career while also addressing challenges that federal employees face.

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Watch Out for This Retirement Tax Trap

April 16, 2019 3:13 PM , Updated April 27, 2019 7:04 AM
Watch Out for This Retirement Tax Trap

Will your income in retirement be less than it is now? As the author illustrates, you could be surprised thanks to required minimum distributions.

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