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  • Tax-delinquent IRS employees received cash awards

    An audit of an Internal Revenue Service awards program revealed that more than 1,100 IRS employees with federal tax compliance problems received in excess of $1 million in cash awards, as well as more than 10,000 hours in time-off awards.

  • Border Patrol buildup continues

    Customs and Border Protection announced that the more than two dozen newly hired Border Patrol agents reported for duty this week at its Rio Grande Valley Sector—one of nine sectors spanning the southwest border.

  • Arbitrator finds for APWU in testing dispute

    An independent arbitrator this month ruled that the U.S. Postal Service violated its contract with the American Postal Workers Union when it changed the passing score on promotion eligibility exams.

  • GAO says budget cuts affect IRS performance

    A Government Accountability Office performance audit of the IRS shows that budget cuts have had a negative impact on the agency's operations.

  • Voter perception of federal government declines

    A survey of likely U.S. voters shows that a growing number of them do not trust the federal government, and some say they actually fear it.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I am employed by the U.S. Postal Service. I am planning on retiring at the end of December 2015 so as to receive my final paycheck and my annual leave payout in January 2016 for tax purposes. I would like to retire on Christmas Day as it is the end of the postal pay period. Are there any federal/postal regulations precluding my retiring on a holiday?"

  • OSC finds Hatch Act violations at IRS

    The Office of Special Counsel this month detailed the results of a number of Hatch Act investigations involving alleged on-the-job partisan political activity by Internal Revenue Service employees during the 2012 election cycle.

  • Telework event continues to grow

    More than 163,000 workers—mostly federal employees—pledged to work remotely during last month's Telework Week.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of April 15, 2014.