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  • Group doubts BLM reports of fewer threats against feds

    A watchdog group thinks the Bureau of Land Management may be low-balling the number of threats and assaults against federal employees in its official reporting.

  • OPM could update data breach total next week

    The Office of Personnel Management may announce the size of a second data breach involving security-clearance data on intelligence and military personnel as soon as next week.

  • Informed Investor: Service credit payments for civilian service: Part IV

    This week’s column concerning service credit deposits for civilian service is the first of three columns discussing redeposits. A redeposit is the repayment of retirement contributions that were previously withheld from an employee’s salary and refunded to the employee when the employee left federal service. The column discusses the consequences of a CSRS/CSRS Offset employee who fails to redeposit CSRS contributions withdrawn before March 1, 1991.

  • Senate confirms TSA administrator

    The Senate last week voted to confirm U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger as the next administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.

  • Public safety employees to get earlier TSP withdrawals

    The Senate last week approved the Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act (H.R. 2146), which will allow retired federal public safety officers to access their Thrift Savings Plan funds at age 50 without incurring an IRS 10 percent early withdrawal penalty.

  • APWU takes service standards fight to court

    The American Postal Workers Union has taken the Postal Regulatory Commission to court to challenge PRC's decision to dismiss the union's complaint that the U.S. Postal Service is failing to meet service standards.

  • Insight by Mike Causey: Bad news bearers

    Being a government messenger was dangerous work in ancient times. If your king, King A, sent you to deliver a nasty message to a rival ruler, say King B, there was a good chance that King B might have you drawn and quartered. Just to make a point.

  • House members ask president to fire OPM chief

    Eighteen Republican members of the House are urging President Obama to fire Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta in the wake of the agency's massive data breach.

  • OPM suspends online background investigation system

    The Office of Personnel Management told agencies it would temporarily suspend the Internet-based platform that allows applicants to complete and submit background investigation forms.

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