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  • Next Congress to tackle DHS funding

    In the last days of the 113th Congress, the Senate approved and sent to the president legislation to fund the federal government—with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security—through the remainder of fiscal 2015

  • USCIS says updated website eases job searches

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it has redesigned the career section of its website to make it easier for job-seekers to explore vacancies, and for employees to explore career development opportunities.

  • TSP investment default to change

    The Senate this month approved and sent to the president legislation that changes the default investment in the Thrift Savings Plan from the conservative Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund) to an age-appropriate, target-date asset allocation fund.

  • VA to test medical decision-making tools

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun a pilot program to study new tools that will allow doctors to quickly search electronic medical records and sort through medical literature for studies relevant to patients' specific cases.

  • FMA reviews past year's successes, discusses challenges and goals for 2015

    As part of its series of interviews with leaders of federal employee unions and organizations, this week FEND's Nathan Abse interviews Federal Managers Association President Patricia Niehaus to talk about her organization's achievements in 2014, and objectives for the coming year.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Dec. 16, 2014.

  • Legal Matters: GAO Report: USERRA complaint processing due for shakeup

    A recent GAO report demonstrates that quality counts when processing federal-sector USERRA complaints.

  • Informed Investor: IRS issues final rules on once-a-year IRA rollovers

    The IRS recently announced guidance on its new rules regarding IRA rollovers that takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. The new rollover rules affect both traditional and Roth IRAs. This week’s column discusses the new rollover rules, what the rules mean to federal employees, and ways to get around the once-per-year IRA rollover restriction.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "As a new federal employee, I want to buy back my five or so years of military time. Since I started civilian federal employment this year, I'm enrolled in the latest version of FERS called FERS-FRAE. Since buying back my military time moves my service computation date into the past, does that move me into a previous version of FERS (with the more desirable buy in) or am I stuck with this newest one?"

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