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  • OPM: e-Quip background check system back online

    The Office of Personnel Management is in the process of restoring some normalcy to the federal government’s H.R. online background check function—“e-QIP."

  • View the July 27, 2015 issue as a PDF
  • VA whistleblowers exonerated

    The Office of Special Counsel has cleared three whistleblowers of wrong doing who reported being punished after exposing problems at three separate Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

  • Insight by Mike Causey: Think of a number, any number ...

    Test your knowledge of the federal workforce, your colleagues and the place where you work. No cheating. Tip: Two of the statements or questions below are trick questions. Here goes ...

  • Congress should fund OPM data breach fix

    The American Federation of Government Employees last week pressed Congress to give the Office of Personnel Management emergency funding to pay for remedial measures to aid the victims of the data breach that affected more than 22 million current and former federal employees and job applicants.

  • Bill uses private collection agencies as offset

    The National Treasury Employees Union last week urged the Senate to remove from a pending transportation funding bill language that would bring back the use of contractors to collect unpaid taxes.

  • FCC to reduce number of field offices

    The Federal Communications Commission has worked up a cost-cutting plan that will nearly halve the number of field offices operated by its Enforcement Bureau.

  • Report: Fed engagement drops at large agencies

    The average “engagement”—a combination of commitment, motivation and sense of wellbeing—reported among federal employees has dropped significantly over the past four years, according to a new report.

  • Informed Investor: Understanding the pitfalls of 529 savings plan withdrawals

    Many employees have saved for the cost of their children’s college education through “529” college savings programs. This week’s column discusses some potential pitfalls associated with 529 plan withdrawals, such as making sure withdrawals are made to pay qualifying expenses at qualifying institutions in the same calendar year in which the expenses occur.

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