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  • Woman snaps at CBP officer ... really

    Customs and Border Protection officers who work at the nation's busiest land port of entry at San Ysidro, Calif., go to work every day expecting to run into a lot of unexpected things, ranging from unusual smuggling methods to wanted criminals to unruly citizens from both sides of the border.

  • Agencies to clear conferences for training, OPM says

    The Office of Personnel Management announced that it no longer will issue memoranda regarding whether a conference qualifies as a training activity.

  • OPM OKs appointments for digital services

    The Office of Personnel Management has authorized the use of excepted service appointments to hire digital services staff for a select list of projects and positions.

  • Obama names Marine commandant to head Joint Chiefs

    President Obama this week nominated Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • Customer service at issue in SSA strategic plan

    The Social Security Administration last month officially released a plan it says will serve as a “North Star” to help it deliver "superior customer experience," but one labor union says the plan is short on the face-to-face customer service most people want.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "Will the earned income of my working spouse affect the earnings limit of my Federal Employees Retirement System annuity supplement?"

  • Insight by Mike Causey: Flights of fancy

    The proposal to privatize the nation's air traffic control system is brilliant. Why didn't we think of this before? Who needs the picky Federal Aviation Administration and tens of thousands of controller bureaucrats? All they do is provide the United States with the safest air travel in the world. Big deal!

  • USCG officer tapped to lead TSA

    The president last week said he would nominate U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger to head up the Transportation Security Administration.

  • Informed Investor: Should all employees own Roth accounts? — Part II

    This second of two columns discussing why employees should own and contribute to Roth accounts examines the advantages of Roth retirement accounts over traditional retirement accounts. These advantages include federal and state income tax-free withdrawals, penalty-free withdrawals, no minimum required distributions, and estate tax-free transfers to younger generations.

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