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  • OPM: Telework means snow days ain't what they used to be

    The Office of Personnel Management's new Washington, D.C.-area closure and dismissal procedures include a change to what OPM called "an outdated leave practice."

  • DHS OIG official sentenced in scheme to falsify reports

    A former Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General special-agent-in-charge was sentenced to more than three years in prison for attempting to obstruct an investigation of his office, the Department of Justice announced.

  • USCIS says new site makes job searches easier

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rolled out a redesigned career section on it website that the agency says will make it easier for job-seekers to explore vacancies, and for employees to explore career development opportunities.

  • VA explores ways to speed and improve doctors' decision-making

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a pilot program it will use to study new ways for physicians to quickly search electronic medical records and sort through medical literature for studies relevant to patients' specific cases.

  • OPM rule aims to improve FEHB performance

    New performance measures proposed by the Office of Personnel Management may soon play a role in improving the quality of health care provided under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

  • Informed Investor: Social Security Administration announces 'earnings test' limits for 2015

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced the 2015 earnings limit for individuals receiving monthly Social Security benefits. This week’s column discusses the Social Security “earnings test” and how it affects Social Security recipients younger than their full retirement age (FRA), and examines what happens when a Social Security recipient exceeds the earnings limit.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Dec. 10, 2014.

  • Most feds to get extra day off

    A calendar conducive to a four-day weekend may have helped President Obama decide to issue an order Dec. 5 to close agencies the day after Christmas—Friday, Dec. 26—and give a day off to most employees.

  • Stakeholders meet to discuss DOD per diem cuts

    Union officials, industry representatives, members of Congress and Defense Department leaders convened Dec. 4 to hold a roundtable discussion to examine the deep cuts to temporary duty assignment (TDY) per diem allowances that went into effect Nov. 1.

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