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  • Insight by Mike Causey: Come on, get happy

    According to several recent surveys and reports, morale has never been lower in the federal service. So is that really true? You, of all people, should know.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share Prices as of Oct. 22, 2014.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I am a Civil Service Retirement System retiree. My husband is a non-federal retiree who is currently receiving Social Security benefits. If he predeceases me, do I get survivor benefits from his Social Security?"

  • Informed Investor: Create an online Social Security Account

    (web teaser) Starting in September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed mailing SSA statements to individuals aged 25 to 60. As a cost saving measure, the SSA had ceased mailing statements in 2011. This week’s column discusses why employees should nevertheless establish online accounts with SSA, including how to set up an account, and which individuals cannot go online to set up their accounts.

  • Lawsuit targets new USDA poultry inspection rules

    The American Federation of Government Employees last week sued the Department of Agriculture in an effort to block implementation of a new poultry inspection system that replaces most federal inspectors with processing plant employees.

  • Federal Salary Council reiterates call for new pay localities

    The Federal Salary Council—a group of union representatives and pay experts who examine salary statistics collected by the federal government—in a report released this month called on the administration to implement the panel's earlier recommendation to create 12 new pay localities.

  • MSPB rule on VA executive firings proceeds unchanged

    Merit Systems Protection Board, in a final rule implementing a law that makes it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs executives, adhered to the intent of Congress and made no changes to strict guidelines the board outlined in its earlier interim regulation.

  • Postal regulator OKs USPS grocery delivery test

    The Postal Regulatory Commission has approved the market test of a U.S. Postal Service grocery delivery program.

  • Newest survey shows employee dedication, but signals sagging morale

    Office of Personnel Management released the findings of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which OPM conducts to identify government-wide employee trends for use by agency management.

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