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  • TSP sees strong gains in February

    Despite this February's arctic weather and continuing budgetary deadlock on Capitol Hill, feds have something to cheer: the Thrift Savings Plan took off last month.

  • NFFE blasts DOD shifting travel burden on employees

    The National Federation of Federal Employees on March 2 sharply criticized the Department of Defense for pushing millions of dollars of travel costs onto some employees--and the union praised a new bill that that will ban the practice.

  • Health insurer data breach affects feds

    A well-publicized data breach at health insurer Anthem, a provider of federal benefits for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, has impacted federal employee participants—some past, and some present—potentially compromising some of their personal data.

  • TSA workers anxious during shutdown threat

    The union representing the army of Transportation Security Administration officers--TSO's--is turning up the heat against those in Congress who continue to threaten to shut down their agency, and even temporarily delay pay.

  • Marijuana legal, to some degree, in DC--but not for feds...

    On Feb. 26, marijuana in small quantities became legal under the laws of the nation's capital. But federal law, generally, still treats marijuana possession as a crime, and for any federal employee, breaking any federal law can be cause for sanction or dismissal.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I'm retired, past my minimum retirement age, and am receiving a FERS supplement of $987 per month. Suppose I were to make $20,000 in 2015. How do I calculate the reduction, and how is it applied to my future supplements?"

  • FMLA rights extended to same-sex couples

    The Department of Labor has updated the federal definition of spouse, allowing federal workers in same-sex marriages to have the same leave rights as those in opposite-sex marriages.

  • Acting GSA leader touts improvements

    Denise Roth, who has served for a year as the General Services Administration's deputy administrator, this week moves up to become Acting Administrator, and in marking the move issued a statement outlining improvements in the agency's workplace practices.

  • DHS shutdown threat--regardless of outcome--wears on feds

    February came to a close in Washington with yet another snowstorm—and yet another down-to-the-wire government shutdown threat.

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