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  • OPM to conduct usability study of USAJOBS

    The head of the Office of Personnel Management said the agency is looking for volunteers to help it research ways to make its USAJOBS employment website easier to use.

  • Postal workers to get COLA

    The American Postal Workers Union on Aug. 25 advised members that they will receive a cost-of-living adjustment of $686 per year in September.

  • White House announces actions to improve vets' mental health care

    President Obama announced 19 executive actions that direct the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense to improve mental health care for veterans, service members and their families.

  • Homelessness among vets drops sharply

    Veterans' homelessness has dropped by one-third since 2010, according to a new national estimate.

  • 2015 Retiree COLA estimate declines slightly

    The latest calculations show the 2015 cost-of-living adjustment for federal, military and Social Security retirees drifting slightly downward.

  • VHA to use new method to fine-tune rural access to care

    The Veterans Health Administration will move to what it says is a more accurate method for defining what constitutes urban, rural or highly rural areas.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I am CSRS and eligible for retirement at age 60. My wife is 58, and works in the public sector. We each also have the 40 quarters necessary to qualify for Social Security. I plan to retire at age 62, and my retirement income will be approximately $85K from the CSRS annuity. Will I be able to apply for SS? If so, will I be able to suspend and have my wife draw on this SS when she reaches 62, thus delaying her SS for several years? I have heard that because I am CSRS and have a high income I cannot collect SS, which would affect my wife collecting on mine."

  • Informed Investor: Understanding the basics of good investing : Part II

    This second in a series of columns about how employees can invest in the least costly and most efficient way discusses stock dividends. This week's column examines the different kinds of dividends, important dates associated with dividends, and types of dividends that are not subject to income tax.

  • Labor groups continue fight for higher raise

    Unions are continuing to press for a higher pay raise for federal employees next fiscal year.

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