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  • OSC files Supreme Court brief in air marshal whistleblower case

    The Office of Special Counsel, which oversees federal whistleblower complaints, this week filed its first "friend of the court" brief with the Supreme Court under new authority granted to the agency under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012.

  • Union, retiree groups to protest SSA office closure plan

    The American Federation of Government Employees is spearheading events this week in several cities across the country as part of its effort to push back against a Social Security Administration plan to close many of the agency's community field offices and move users to web-based customer service.

  • Congress passes CR, averts shutdown

    As Congress prepared to leave town until after the mid-term elections, both chambers approved a short-term continuing resolution that will prevent a repeat of last year's government shutdown when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

  • Smaller proportion of new federal hires are women

    The Merit Systems Protection Board said that its review of data for an upcoming report examining fair and open competition for federal jobs has revealed a declining share of new hires are women—and veterans' hiring authorities appear to be driving the trend.

  • Arbitration decision generates new postal jobs

    An arbitration decision—related to a dispute over staffing in smaller post offices where window hours were cut to six, four or two hours as part of the U.S. Postal Service's "POStPlan"—will result in about 9,000 new postal clerk jobs within the next 90 days.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Sept. 24, 2014.

  • VA announces pay hikes for doctors, dentists

    The Department of Veterans Affairs published a notice in the Federal Register detailing new maximum rates of annual pay for incoming Veterans Health Administration physicians and dentists.

  • Bill would add contraceptive benefits to Tricare coverage

    House lawmakers this month introduced a bill that would align Tricare health coverage with the Affordable Care Act to permit women who receive health care through the armed services to access contraception and counseling services with no health insurance co-pay.

  • DFAS updates myPay features

    The Defense Finance and Accounting Service this month introduced several new financial tools enabled by its fall update of the myPay online pay management system.

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