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  • VA IG: No definitive link in veteran deaths

    A report from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General concluded that while an IG review of patients at VA's Phoenix Health Care System revealed poor-quality care and delays in obtaining care, investigators were unable to find a clear link between those factors and patient deaths.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I currently work as a civilian federal employee at an agency not on the GS scale, but I am a GS 13 equivalent. I applied for a job on USAJOBS and got a call for an interview. It turns out that it is an NAF position pay scale 5. I understand the difference in funding, but I need clarification with the benefits. Is it the same benefits I currently have? Is my pension the same, and if not, what is the difference?"

  • Insight by Mike Causey: Pop Quiz

    Here's a riddle: What's the No. 1 target of mutual fund managers, financial advisors, politicians, pressure groups and wannabe government contractors and consultants? Hint: The target has more than 6 million legs, and a net worth fast-approaching $400 billion dollars. Give up? The answer is...

  • Informed Investor: Be aware of your life insurance choices: Part I

    This first of five columns during September 2014 examining federal employees and life insurance discusses which employees need life insurance coverage and their choices for obtaining coverage—including group-sponsored life insurance versus individual life insurance, and term life insurance versus permanent or cash value life insurance.

  • Online resources for whistleblowers a mixed bag at agencies

    Many federal agencies give employees only weak guidance on how to blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse that they encounter on the job, according to a brief report issued by a leading good government non-profit group.

  • COLA coming for postal workers

    The American Postal Workers Union last month advised members that they will get a cost-of-living adjustment of $686 per year this month.

  • Obama announces actions to bolster vets' mental health care

    President Obama on Aug. 26 announced 19 executive actions through which the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense will improve mental health care for veterans, service members and their families.

  • Legal Matters: PTSD may entitle growing ranks of veteran/feds to disability retirement

    While the executive branch may lose a good number of newly employed veterans because the mental or physical disabilities they incurred while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan may prevent them from remaining in the federal civil service, it remains to be seen if the government will resist requests to grant those veterans disability retirement.

  • OPM to study USAJOBS usability

    The Office of Personnel Management is looking for volunteers to help it explore ways to make its USAJOBS employment website easier to use.

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