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  • Lawmaker looks to lessen reform impact on employees

    A House lawmaker is pursuing ways to implement improvements at two agencies through alternative approaches that exert a less severe impact on federal employees.

  • IG finds shoddy recordkeeping at DOD's 'revolving door'

    A new Defense Department Office of Inspector General report concludes that DOD is not monitoring the “revolving door” moves of former top military officers and other senior DOD officials as they transition to contracting or lobbying jobs.

  • Senators want more frequent security clearance reviews

    Four senators are asking the leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to act on a bill to strengthen security clearance background checks.

  • IRS employees violated Hatch Act, OSC finds

    The Office of Special Counsel last week released details on several investigations of reported Hatch Act violations involving on-the-job partisan political activity by Internal Revenue Service employees during the 2012 election season.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of April 9, 2014.

  • Informed Investor: With tax filing deadline here, some should file for an extension

    With the 2013 income tax filing deadline one day away, individuals who have not yet filed should consider filing for an extension. This week’s column discusses how an extension is filed, paying any anticipated tax balance due, penalties for not filing for an extension, and what happens if the tax balance due cannot be paid with the extension.

  • Insight by Mike Causey: Well-fed fed

    When you joined the government, the deal probably did not include room and board as well as pay and a pension. But there are 500-plus of your fellow feds who have the room-and-board option—and about a dozen are taking advantage of it. If you tried that, you'd be fired in a heartbeat. The bad news is that you and I arranged for these folks to get their jobs. And now many of them are living large even as they urge the rest of us to tighten our belts.

  • OPM hopes to rejuvenate CFC

    The Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations to revamp—and it hopes, revitalize—the Combined Federal Campaign.

  • Report shows shrinking federal pay gap

    The gender pay gap between male and female federal employees has declined significantly since 1992, according to a new study from Office of Personnel Management.