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  • DOD caregiver database contract to end, discounts to take effect

    A free program that helps military families obtain caregiver services will continue to be available at a discounted cost after the government's contract with the provider expires this summer.

  • VA touts disability claims processing progress

    The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has hit a "major milestone" in its effort to speed up decision-making and trim its backlog of disability claims.

  • One-third of new feds are vets

    The percentage of new federal hires who are veterans reached 33.2 percent in fiscal 2014—a new high that exceeded the previous mark of 31 percent set in fiscal 2013, according to the President's Council on Veterans Employment.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Prices as of March 24, 2015.

  • FEHB insurers prepare for self-plus-one plans

    The Office of Personnel Management this month instructed Federal Employees Health Benefits Program insurers to make sure that rates for the new "self-plus-one" coverage slated to launch with the 2016 plan year are lower than rates for self-and-family coverage.

  • Informed Investor: Understanding rules for claiming exemptions: Part III

    This last of three columns on claiming exemptions on one’s tax return discusses rules for claiming a qualifying relative as a dependent exemption, and the four tests that must be met to claim one.

  • Conference rules can hinder agency missions

    The conference attendance approval process put in place in the wake of the scandal over extravagant expenses at a Las Vegas event three years ago has made it less likely that science and technology employees at two agencies will attend meetings that are critical to their standing and agency mission, according to a Government Accountability Office report released earlier this month.

  • Some N.D. feds to get pay hike

    The Office of Personnel Management increased pay rates for skilled trades employees at 10 work locations in North Dakota and Montana, according to the American Federation of Government Employees.

  • Bill targets 'official time'

    A group of Republican House members last week introduced a bill that would forbid federal employees who are union representatives from using so-called "official time" to address labor-management issues during work hours.

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