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  • Lawmakers target USPS standard changes, facility closings

    Senate and House lawmakers last week introduced measures that aim to reverse mail service standard changes and halt ongoing facilities cuts at the U.S. Postal Service.

  • SSA adds office hours

    The Social Security Administration said it will keep its offices open to the public for an extra hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, beginning March 16.

  • 2014 plain language 'report card' released

    Three federal organizations shared first place for using plain language in 2014, according to an annual report card on how well the federal government conveys information to the public.

  • Informed Investor: Should employees purchase a longevity annuity? - Part II

    This second of two columns discussing longevity annuities examines who should consider purchasing one.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I have been a GS 13 step 10 for the last five years. I was hired at the highest step to begin with. I'm now looking to apply for a GS 14 level position and was wondering which step I would be eligible for considering the duration of my current employment at step 10."

  • Bill aims to provide feds paid parental leave

    Lawmakers introduced a bill introduced in the House that would provide federal employees with six weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.

  • Public holds favorable views of NASA, CDC

    A national survey indicates that a significant majority of the public has positive views of some federal agencies, even as overall trust in the federal government declines.

  • Union condemns bill to limit VA awards

    The American Federation of Government Employees last week sharply criticized legislation introduced in the House that would restrict the number of Senior Executive Service members at the Department of Veterans Affairs who could be eligible for a bonus.

  • Lawmakers push vets' sick leave bill

    House and Senate lawmakers last month reintroduced a bill in the new Congress that would give vets who are first-year federal employees up to 104 hours of “Wounded Warrior" sick leave to attend Department of Veterans Affairs medical appointments for service-related injuries.

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