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  • Informed Investor: Year-end moves can produce tax savings

    With 30 days remaining in the year, employees have an opportunity to make tax-saving moves to reduce their 2014 federal and state tax liabilities—including including making additional contributions to the traditional Thrift Savings Plan, selling capital assets such as stocks that have decreased in value, and making additional charitable contributions.

  • Legal Matters: Doomsday scenario would result if DHS wins Supreme Court case

    The fate of federal whistleblowers hangs in the balance in an upcoming Supreme Court case.

  • Postal worker pleads guilty in workers' comp case

    A U.S. Postal Service employee in Baltimore pleaded guilty last month to making false statements to obtain nearly a quarter million dollars in federal workers' compensation and food stamp benefits, the Justice Department said.

  • FEHB expert says everyone should compare plans during open season

    This week, FEND's Nathan Abse continues his interview with Walton Francis, a leading expert on federal health insurance and author of Checkbook's annual guide to health plans for federal employees. This week the discussion turns to dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, some of the effects of the Affordable Care Act—and the reason that all feds should examine their plans during this year's Federal Employees Health Benefits open season.

  • Second round of Veterans Choice Cards issued

    The Department of Veterans Affairs last month began mailing Veterans Choice Cards to vets currently waiting for an appointment at a VA facility more than 30 days from their preferred date or from the date medically determined by a physician.

  • NIEHS, employees reach $2.5 million settlement

    The labor group that represents bargaining unit employees at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences said it has resolved an overtime grievance against the agency for $2.5 million.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I will be 60 with an immediate retirement in March 2016. Can I elect to contribute the maximum to my TSP ($24,000, including catch-up) in the first three months of 2016, and then retire March 2016?"

  • 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.

  • 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.

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