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  • GAO reports on employee engagement

    A new report outlines six practices that appear to be driving employee engagement at federal agencies.

  • Federal Employee Benefits Q&A

    Question: "Hopefully I will soon be a new federal hire. I already receive healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once I am a federal employee, can I purchase insurance for my wife through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program?"

  • OPM releases new leave guide

    The Office of Personnel Management last week released a new online guide that details employee leave policies related to having a baby, adopting a child or becoming foster parents.

  • Legal Matters: Federal offices are no strangers to racial tension

    In the wake of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, race relations have been strained. Just how strained depends on whom you ask.

  • Opponents say bills to punish tax-delinquent feds not needed

    A bill that proposed to fire federal employees who are delinquent in paying their taxes was defeated this month in the House of Representatives. And while the bill's sponsor argued the legislation was necessary because federal employees "are not exempt from their civic responsibility to fulfill tax obligations," opponents of the bill say it was duplicative and intended to cast the federal workforce in a negative light.

  • Informed Investor

    In recent years it has become easier for all employees to fund Roth accounts, including through contributions made to Roth IRAs or to the Roth TSP, and converting traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs. In the first of two columns discussing why employees should have Roth accounts, this week’s column discusses the various Roth accounts available to employees.

  • Ethics office issues social media guidance

    The Office of Government Ethics issued a new guidance aimed at clarifying policies related to the use of social media by executive branch employees.

  • Aviation unions at odds over FAA funding solution

    The head of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association said that the organization is open to the idea of possible structural changes at the Federal Aviation Administration if those changes cure the agency's continued financial ills. But a number of other FAA unions are rejecting that approach.

  • Feds can earn degrees online

    The Office of Personnel Management said federal employees now will get access to more affordable post-secondary education resources through a new alliance with an online education provider

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