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  • OSC reports progress on VA retaliation complaints

    The Office of Special Counsel last week announced that it has obtained more than 25 corrective actions since last April in cases of retaliation against Department of Veterans Affairs whistleblowers who revealed wrongdoing at the department.

  • Coalition urges USPS banking services

    The American Postal Workers Union last week said it has partnered with financial reform groups, postal unions and other labor groups to create a national coalition calling for the U.S. Postal Service to offer banking services to underserved Americans through its postal retail outlets.

  • High court finds for whistleblower; bolsters WPA

    The Supreme Court last week came down on the side of a federal air marshal who was fired by the Department of Homeland Security for blowing the whistle on his agency.

  • Fed numbers drop, while contracting flourishes

    The federal workforce has been shrinking significantly over the past five years, recent government figures show—and many workforce experts are echoing federal unions in finding fault with the downsizing.

  • Lawmaker renews call to trim DOD civilian workforce

    A member of the House has reintroduced a bill that would trim back the size of the Defense Department's civilian workforce.

  • Informed Investor: Should employees purchase a longevity annuity? - Part I

    There has been a recent surge of interest in longevity annuities, particularly among Baby Boomers. This first of two columns discussing longevity annuities and whether federal employees should consider purchasing them, explains what a longevity annuity is—including its features and how they are purchased—and examines the most recently offered “qualified” longevity annuity.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I have recently accepted employment with the federal government in Oregon. I have informed them that I am pregnant and plan to take leave after I give birth. I will not qualify under the federal Family Medical Leave Act as I will not have been employed for the minimum one-year period. However, Oregon has a more lenient family leave act that only requires a six-month/180-day period of employment with at least 25 average weekly hours. Can I take leave under the Oregon Family Leave Act?"

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Jan. 21, 2015.

  • Insight by Mike Causey: Tipping your hand

    Can you tell the political persuasion of a coworker simply by his/her reaction to the recently proposed 2016 federal pay raise? I have a friend who says he can, and that it's easy.

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