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  • VA launches 'economic communities'

    The Department of Veterans Affairs this week month rolled out a new community-centered initiative aimed at promoting economic success for veterans.

  • FECA reform once again in spotlight

    A House panel last week examined possible reforms to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), which many in Congress and the administration alike argue is designed in a way that encourages beneficiaries to stay onboard even when their disability has passed.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I'm a new DOD employee and I see on my leave and earningS statement that my FERS contribution is not included in my pre-tax deductions. Why is that? Shouldn't it be considered a pre-tax contribution like TSP or health benefits?"

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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