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  • Tricare expands mental health benefit

    Tricare said its subscribers now have access to an expanded mental health benefit.

  • Real estate footprint shrank in FY2013

    The Office of Management and Budget this month reported that the federal government made "significant progress" during the past fiscal year in advancing the administration’s so-called Freeze the Footprint policy for reducing the government's real estate inventory.

  • Informed Investor Employees need to understand Medicare

    Since 1983, all federal employees have paid the Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) payroll tax. As a result, at age 65 employees will be eligible to enroll in Medicare. This week’s column discusses Medicare Parts A and B (medical insurance), and in particular the coordination between Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits program.

  • VA nominee easily gains committee approval

    The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last week unanimously endorsed former Procter and Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to serve as the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Legal Matters: Not all 'dangers' equal under law

    It is not uncommon for federal employees who blow the whistle to confuse a danger that is distant and vague for one that is impending and specific. The problem is that disclosure of an imminent event is protected -- but disclosure of a speculative danger is not.

  • OPM to expand FEDVIP enrollment options

    Enrollment in dental and vision coverage under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, or FEDVIP, will be opened up in future to some federal employees outside of the normal open season.

  • DOD agency looks for employee ride-sharing solution

    An agency whose new northern Virginia headquarters has riled local authorities over traffic concerns is looking to make it easier for employees to help reduce congestion near the site.

  • More job cuts at Air Force

    The Air Force last week said it would initiate a fourth round of workforce cuts in the form of a voluntary early retirement authority and voluntary separation incentive payments.

  • SAVE Awards shelved

    The Obama administration's SAVE Awards—created in 2009 to collect federal employees' suggestions for saving tax dollars and making the government more efficient—have come to an end, according to a memo from the Office of Management and Budget.

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