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  • USPS suspends facility closures

    The U.S. Postal Service has suspended nearly all closures and consolidations of postal processing facilities, according to the National Postal Mail Handlers Union.

  • DHS, USDA break ground on new bio-lab facility

    The secretaries of the departments of Homeland Security and Agriculture broke ground May 27 in Manhattan, Kan., to officially launch construction of the main laboratory structure for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.

  • 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.

  • Union: 13 new pay localities to launch in 2016

    New pay localities will be established in 13 metropolitan areas in January 2016, a federal employee union reported.

  • 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.

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