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DHS Backup Border Funding Plan Would Take Millions From TSA, Other Agencies

on May 21, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The Transportation Security Administration last week outlined a plan on how the agency would fund a “tax” the Department of Homeland Security may levy upon it.

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FERS Supplement and the Earnings Test

By on May 20, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
FERS Supplement and the Earnings Test

Some federal employees can receive a special supplement under FERS when retiring early, but there are limits on what they can earn before it gets reduced.

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Are You Proud to be a Stressed-Out Leader?

By on May 20, 2019 in Leadership with 0 Comments
Are You Proud to be a Stressed-Out Leader?

Is stress taking a toll on your body, job or personal life? The author recounts how stress was destroying her workplace and health and how she overcame it.

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FERS Disability Retirement SF 3112D: Agency Certification of Reassignment and Accommodation Efforts

By on May 19, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
FERS Disability Retirement SF 3112D: Agency Certification of Reassignment and Accommodation Efforts

What is the role of form SF 3112D in a FERS Disability Retirement application?

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When Does the TSP Modernization Act Go Into Effect?

By on May 17, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
When Does the TSP Modernization Act Go Into Effect?

FedSmith readers have been asking when the changes under the TSP Modernization Act go into effect. We now have an answer.

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EPA Rejects IG’s Suggestion to Recoup a Portion of Former Administrator’s Travel Costs

By on May 17, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
EPA Rejects IG’s Suggestion to Recoup a Portion of Former Administrator’s Travel Costs

The EPA said it does not plan to recoup some of former administrator Scott Pruitt’s travel costs in response to the suggestion from its IG.

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It’s Time for the Postal Service to Figure Out What Its Products Cost to Deliver

on May 17, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The Postal Service is in financial trouble. The author says that much of the problem lies in how it assesses its costs.

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Politics, Fossil Fuel and the TSP

By on May 16, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Politics, Fossil Fuel and the TSP

A bill has been introduced to create a Climate Choice Stock Fund to mitigate the dangers of climate change for TSP investors.

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Federal Employees Who Didn’t Pay Social Security Taxes Will Now Have to Pay for Medicare

on May 16, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments

If you were under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), you did not have to pay Social Security taxes, but the author says this may turn out not to be a good thing when it comes to Medicare in retirement.

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The Rise of the Occupational Questionnaire

By on May 16, 2019 in Human Resources
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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