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  • DOD rolling out secure travel cards

    Defense Department travel card holders will begin receiving cards with enhanced security features starting in January.

  • Legal Matters: USERRA turns 20: Federal employees still fighting military discrimination

    As the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) hits its 20th anniversary, military discrimination still remains a serious problem in federal civil service.

  • SEA takes aim at survey terminology, conclusions

    The Senior Executives Association last month criticized recent news stories that cite "senior leaders" as a source of declining morale in the federal workforce.

  • GSA and D.C. to hammer out swap

    The General Services Administration and the District of Columbia government are working out a mutually agreeable plan to improve the area around the new Department of Homeland Security headquarters in a deal that involves trading some idle federal real estate for D.C. construction services.

  • Unions urge lawmakers to cancel DOD per diem cuts

    Federal employee unions called on Senate appropriators to turn back cuts to the per diem rates for Defense Department civilians on long-term temporary duty travel.

  • Informed Investor: Eligible employees should consider the CSRS Voluntary Contribution Program: Part I

    On retirement from federal service, CSRS and CSRS Offset employees can receive an additional CSRS annuity. This first of four columns on the CSRS Voluntary Contribution Program (VCP) discusses what the VCP is, which employees are eligible to participate, how much employees can contribute, and interest paid on VCP contributions.

  • Run for sheriff draws OSC Hatch Act complaint

    A week before Election Day, the Office of Special Counsel lodged a complaint with the Merit Systems Protection Board seeking disciplinary action against a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) maintenance mechanic for allegedly violating the Hatch Act.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I am a CSRS employee. On retirement, what taxes will be deducted from my lump-sum payment for unused annual leave?"

  • TSP: Still a top investment choice in retirement

    FEND interviews John A. Turner, an economist specializing in pension policy and founder of the Pension Policy Center, which provides analysis and consulting on pension policy, Social Security policy and retirement income planning.

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