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  • PMG Patrick Donahoe to retire

    The Postal Service Board of Governors last week announced that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will retire Feb. 1 after a 39-year career at the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Nov. 18, 2014.

  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System head fired

    The Department of Veterans Affairs last week announced the firing of the director of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, but one key House lawmaker said the move comes too late.

  • Expert: Open season brings new options for value-seekers, Medicare beneficiaries

    This week, FEND's Nathan Abse interviews Walton Francis, a leading expert on federal health insurance and author of Checkbook's annual guide to health plans for federal employees. As feds shop for plans during this year's Federal Employees Health Benefits open season—or perhaps decide to keep the plan they have—Francis discusses several new insurance bargains, and offers some positive news for Medicare beneficiaries.

  • GAO 'official time' study finds cost discrepancy

    A study released that week that examined on-the-clock "official time" that some federal employees use to conduct union-related activities such as labor negotiations and handling grievances revealed shortcomings in how those hours are tracked.

  • Chaffetz to head House Oversight Committee

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will assume the chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when the 114th Congress convenes in January.

  • Union says OWCP records also affected in USPS data breach

    The recent U.S. Postal Service cyber breach that compromised the postal employees' personal information also exposed employee information related to the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.

  • DOD changes allotment rules to foil 'unscrupulous lenders'

    The Defense Department announced it will prohibit service members from using new allotments to purchase, lease or rent personal property, effective the beginning of next year.

  • Four-day petition is history, but hope remains

    A petition asking President Obama to give federal employees the day after Christmas off to create a four-day weekend failed to get enough signatures to merit a response from the White House.

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