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  • Flex work not created equal

    You probably know that women make 78 cents to every one dollar a man makes, and that American workers prefer to have a male as their boss rather a than a female. And you may even know that more women are deciding to stay out of the workplace altogether to care for children at home. But we'll bet you haven't heard of the workplace “fatherhood bonus.”

  • Education affects weekend activity levels

    Did you go for a hike last weekend? Or maybe just spend the day running around to catch up on errands? There is a reasonable chance you are a college grad.

  • Doorknobs ... and probably broomsticks, too

    You know the story. You hear it every autumn as the flu season begins and every other sort of cough-inducing, runny-nosed affliction begins to spread around the workplace: Wash your hands—that doorknob spreads germs.

  • Walk ... and get happy!

    You already know that activities like walking and cycling are good for your physical health. But new research also shows it can be good for mental health, as well.

  • Both sides would gain in proposed real estate swap

    The General Services Administration and the District of Columbia government seem to have found a clever way to dress up the area around the new Department of Homeland Security headquarters: trading some unused federal real estate for D.C. construction services.

  • Open Season: It's that time again

    Don't look now, but federal benefits open season is here again. That's why from now through early December, Federal Soup will present a series of weekly, information-packed columns to help you sort through this year's health care and health savings options.

  • Federal Protective Service to ramp up activities

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has directed the Federal Protective Service to step up its presence and security at various federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and other locations around the country.

  • DOD to adopt more secure travel cards

    Holders of Defense Department travel cards will start getting more secure cards beginning in January.

  • Feds not maxing out TSP contributions

    The firm that manages four of the five Thrift Savings Plan funds says too many feds are missing the boat by not investing enough to take full advantage of their agency's matching contributions.

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