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  • Informed Investor Employees need to understand Medicare

    Since 1983, all federal employees have paid the Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) payroll tax. As a result, at age 65 employees will be eligible to enroll in Medicare. This week’s column discusses Medicare Parts A and B (medical insurance), and in particular the coordination between Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits program.

  • Legal Matters: Not all 'dangers' equal under law

    It is not uncommon for federal employees who blow the whistle to confuse a danger that is distant and vague for one that is impending and specific. The problem is that disclosure of an imminent event is protected -- but disclosure of a speculative danger is not.

  • OPM to expand FEDVIP enrollment options

    Enrollment in dental and vision coverage under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, or FEDVIP, will be opened up in future to some federal employees outside of the normal open season.

  • Order bolsters discrimination protections

    The White House last week issued an executive order enhancing protections against gender and sexual orientation discrimination in the federal employee and contractor communities.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I retired nine years ago at age 55. I do not plan to make any withdrawal from the TSP until the required age of 70 1/2. What is the minimum distribution that I must withdraw at that time?"

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of July 23, 2014.

  • More city carriers returning after dark

    The percentage of city letter carriers who have been returning from their delivery routes after 5 p.m. as risen in recent years, raising concerns for the safety of carriers who work after dark, according to a report from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

  • Military mail to benefit from new change-of-address system

    The Defense Department hopes to cut $4 million a year from its budget by automating the redirection of first-class military mail.

  • VA committee: More money not solution to woes

    The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on July 24 was not convinced that more funding is the solution to the string of health care problems facing Veterans Affairs.

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