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  • OPM encourages telework during papal visit

    The Office of Personnel Management is encouraging agencies to let employees in the capital region telework to avoid commuter disruptions during Pope Francis’s three-day visit this month to Washington, D.C.

  • OPM announces ID protection contract for victims

    The Office of Personnel Management and Defense Department last week said notices concerning the provision of identity theft protection services will begin going out this month to 21.5 million data breach victims.

  • Next year’s pay increase less of a hike, more of a nudge

    It appears likely that federal employees are headed for a pay raise in 2016, but not much of one.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: “I am currently enrolled in every option of the FEGLI program, with more than five years of enrollment. I want to increase my Option B during the next open season from the current three times basic pay to five times basic pay. I understand the effective date for that increase would not occur until about Oct. 1, 2017. If I retire on Oct. 3, 2017, would I be able to retire with the increase to five times pay? If not, what would have to happen for me to retire with an Option B selection of five times pay?”

  • eBenefits website surpasses goal

    The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments said last week that their joint eBenefits website has topped a goal of 5 million users two months ahead of schedule.

  • APWU details plans for $56 million award

    Officers with the American Postal Workers Union’s clerk division last week laid out details on how it will distribute $56 million awarded to the union as part of a settlement to resolve what APWU called a “decades-long dispute” with the U.S. Postal Service resulting from postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing clerk craft work.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Sept. 2, 2015.

  • Postal organization to disband

    The National Association of Postmasters of the United States on Sept. 1 took the last action necessary to move forward on the creation of a new national organization.

  • HR directors urged to review emergency preparations

    The Office of Personnel Management marked the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by encouraging agencies to keep employees up to date on emergency human resource procedures.

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