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  • CBP to hire 2,000 officers

    Customs and Border Protection announced it is accepting applications nationwide for CBP officer positions. The agency said it will hire 2,000 additional officers by the end of fiscal 2015.

  • VA to offer marital benefits to same-sex couples

    The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would extend marital benefits to same-sex couples who were ineligible for them before last week's Supreme Court decision struck down state bans on gay marriage.

  • GSA official sentenced in conference scandal

    A top General Services Administration official who was at the center of the agency’s lavish conference spending scandal that erupted in 2012 has been sentenced.

  • Senior execs perceive more positive workplace

    A new report underscores the markedly different views on performance and merit held by senior executives compared to other federal employees.

  • 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.

  • AFGE sues OPM in data breach

    The American Federation of Government Employees has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management over the agency's actions before and after the cyber attack that compromised federal personnel records.

  • 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 The column discusses the consequences of a CSRS/CSRS Offset employee who fails to redeposit CSRS contributions withdrawn before March 1, 1991.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.

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