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  • White House proposes 1 percent pay boost

    The White House last week sent Congress a proposal to increase the pay of General Schedule employees by 1 percent in 2015.

  • VA launches health care provider recruitment effort

    The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs said the department will launch a national recruitment effort aimed at hiring more health care professionals to expand vets' access to care.

  • OPM to study USAJOBS usability

    The Office of Personnel Management is looking for volunteers to help it explore ways to make its USAJOBS employment website easier to use.

  • Informed Investor: Be aware of your life insurance choices: Part I

    This first of five columns during September 2014 examining federal employees and life insurance discusses which employees need life insurance coverage and their choices for obtaining coverage—including group-sponsored life insurance versus individual life insurance, and term life insurance versus permanent or cash value life insurance.

  • Online resources for whistleblowers a mixed bag at agencies

    Many federal agencies give employees only weak guidance on how to blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse that they encounter on the job, according to a brief report issued by a leading good government non-profit group.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I currently work as a civilian federal employee at an agency not on the GS scale, but I am a GS 13 equivalent. I applied for a job on USAJOBS and got a call for an interview. It turns out that it is an NAF position pay scale 5. I understand the difference in funding, but I need clarification with the benefits. Is it the same benefits I currently have? Is my pension the same, and if not, what is the difference?"

  • Insight by Mike Causey: Pop Quiz

    Here's a riddle: What's the No. 1 target of mutual fund managers, financial advisors, politicians, pressure groups and wannabe government contractors and consultants? Hint: The target has more than 6 million legs, and a net worth fast-approaching $400 billion dollars. Give up? The answer is...

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Aug. 27, 2014.

  • VA IG: No definitive link in veteran deaths

    A report from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General concluded that while an IG review of patients at VA's Phoenix Health Care System revealed poor-quality care and delays in obtaining care, investigators were unable to find a clear link between those factors and patient deaths.

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