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  • Bill lets vets go local for care not offered by nearest VA facility

    The Senate last week passed a bill that amends the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 to allow a veteran to use local health care when a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility within 40 miles driving distance does not offer the care the vet requires.

  • State Dept., others take hit in Senate spending proposal

    The State Department and foreign operations will suffer the most under proposed spending totals approved last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

  • OPM chief encourages employees to complete 2015 survey

    Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta is asking employees who received email invitations to take part in the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to participate.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of May 20, 2015.

  • Border Patrol overtime glitch fixed

    President Obama last week signed a bill that ensures Border Patrol agents continue to receive overtime payments during the interim period before a new pay system created by the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 is implemented.

  • Informed Investor: Is now a good time to refinance a mortgage?

    With mortgage interest rates at historic lows, many employees with mortgages are asking themselves whether they should refinance their mortgages. This week’s column discusses some of the issues associated with refinancing, including when it does and does not make to refinance, the cost of refinancing, and eligibility requirements for refinancing.

  • Bill would establish 'gender diverse' TSP fund

    A House lawmaker is sponsoring legislation under which the Thrift Savings Plan would establish a Gender Equality-Focused Stock Index fund that invests in companies that have women in leadership positions.

  • DHS secretary recognizes 12 for valor

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this month presented Department of Homeland Security awards for valor to 10 of the department's employees, as well as to two members of local law enforcement.

  • Feds would get bonus for identifying surplus funds

    Two senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that would give agency inspectors general the authority to pay a bonus of up to $10,000 to any federal employee who identifies surplus funds.

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