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  • Group doubts BLM reports of fewer threats against feds

    A watchdog group thinks the Bureau of Land Management may be low-balling the number of threats and assaults against federal employees in its official reporting.

  • OPM could update data breach total next week

    The Office of Personnel Management may announce the size of a second data breach involving security-clearance data on intelligence and military personnel as soon as next week.

  • Informed Investor: Service credit payments for civilian service: Part IV

    This week’s column concerning service credit deposits for civilian service is the first of three columns discussing redeposits. A redeposit is the repayment of retirement contributions that were previously withheld from an employee’s salary and refunded to the employee when the employee left federal service. The column discusses the consequences of a CSRS/CSRS Offset employee who fails to redeposit CSRS contributions withdrawn before March 1, 1991.

  • OPM suspends online background investigation system

    The Office of Personnel Management told agencies it would temporarily suspend the Internet-based platform that allows applicants to complete and submit background investigation forms.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "In regard to FSAFEDS, can I do all the same [tax] write-offs on my own or can you only do them through FSAFEDS? I would think it'd be the same rules and I know it is for childcare, but wondering about health care."

  • Panel OKs 'wasteful bonuses' legislation

    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last week advanced a bipartisan bill that would prohibit bonuses for federal employees who engaged in misconduct or have violated the law.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of June 24, 2015.

  • Bill that would open career track to seasonal feds advances

    A bill advanced in Congress this month that would permit seasonal workers at federal land-management agencies to use their often significant work experience to get permanent, career jobs.

  • Unions, lawmakers blast OPM

    The Office of Personnel Management continued to come under fire with a barrage of questions and complaints from lawmakers and employee unions over how its systems fell victim to a massive hack, what measures have been taken to patch security holes, and how effectively the agency is responding to protect federal employees, retirees and others from misuse of their personal information.

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