Carson Cleared in HUD Furniture Controversy

on September 12, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The inspector general for the Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a newly released report that investigators found no evidence of misconduct by Secretary Ben Carson concerning a controversial order for expensive furniture in late 2017.

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IG Says TVA Executives Violated Federal Travel Rules

on September 12, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Tennessee Valley Authority executives violated federal travel rules, failed to report some of their travel costs to the TVA board, and billed the federal utility for lavish meals according to a new audit of executive travel.

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OPM Has a New Director

By on September 11, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
OPM Has a New Director

The Senate confirmed Dale Cabaniss to be the new OPM director.

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Déjà vu for USDA?

By on September 11, 2019 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Déjà vu for USDA?

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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Honoring Federal Employees Who Responded on 9/11

on September 11, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments

A former Office of Personnel Management director recounts acts of federal employees that she said were instrumental in helping America recover from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She says an overhaul of the government's HR functions is necessary to continue to attract high quality individuals to federal service.

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What TSP Withdrawal Option is Right for Me?

By on September 10, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
What TSP Withdrawal Option is Right for Me?

How do you determine a withdrawal strategy for the TSP in retirement? As the author illustrates, it is important to come up with a plan for the money.

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Sources: Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump’s Dorian Tweets

on September 10, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion.

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Whistleblower Status Did Not Upend Removal of TSA Agent

By on September 10, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Whistleblower Status Did Not Upend Removal of TSA Agent

A TSA agent, fired for several instances of discourteous conduct, failed to convince the appeals court to overturn his removal because of his whistleblower status.

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3 Reasons to Roll Over Your TSP in Retirement

on September 10, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The author lists three reasons to consider rolling your Thrift Savings Plan over to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) after you retire from federal service.

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Elections and Federal Workers: The Good and the Bad

By on September 9, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Elections and Federal Workers: The Good and the Bad

What implications does an election year have for federal employees? As the author notes, there are pros and cons.

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