Retirement

Seniors group: In one year, inflation ate 10% of Social Security’s buying power

A report from the Senior Citizens League highlights the loss of buying power in Social Security payments, tracking their erosion over time vs. inflation—and an especially harsh loss of 10% over the past year.

Employee Policy

House backs new federal offices to stop domestic terror and extremism in government

The measure's future beyond the House is unclear, as Republicans decry what they see as bureaucracy and federal overreach.

Benefits

Employee group calls for federal abortion leave, post-Roe ...

The Department of Justice Gender Equity Network asked the administration to authorize paid leave in cases where federal employees need to travel across state lines to receive abortion services.

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How Verizon Supported Communities and Schools During the Pandemic.

Learn how Verizon and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) worked together to provide students with unfettered access to education.

Employee Policy

DHS IG: No mishandling of sexual harassment or domestic violence reports

The Project On Government Oversight—the government watchdog group that brought the claims against the IG—is pushing back this week on Joseph Cuffari’s letter to lawmakers.

Pay

A few feds might qualify for a bigger tax refund, from Trump Social Security deferral

The IRS sent out a notice that some might need to file an amended return, but most federal employees don’t need to worry about it.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has resumed operations

It’s been three months since Russia started the war in Ukraine.

Employee Policy

MSPB, discrimination and whistleblowers

Attorney Dan Meyer discusses a Merit Systems Protection Board ruling that will affect federal employees, on our partner GovExec's daily podcast.

Pay

Bill would standardize fed retiree COLAs ...

A bill pending in Congress would provide FERS and CSRS retirees the same cost of living increases, as an annual percentage.

WH repeats call for confirmed ATF Director after Buffalo tragedy

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has lacked a permanent director since 2015.

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Managing the Workload

Overseeing multiple tasks across multiple personnel can be a challenge, which is why Collaborative Work Management software is valuable.

Employee Policy

Lessons from DHS's early COVID-19 vaccine campaign 

Issues early on hampered DHS meeting its vaccination goals, but then vaccinations became widely available. 

Employee Policy

TSA screeners could receive 30% pay raise, on average

A bipartisan measure passed by the House would move the TSA's workforce under Title 5, promising full collective bargaining rights and other civil service protections enjoyed by most federal employees.

Employee Policy

Remote work may actually be good for business

Working remotely doesn't negatively affect productivity—and it may actually even enhance both employee and company resiliency, a new study finds.

Senate votes, and FLRA is back in Democratic control

The Senate voted 50-49 to confirm former MSPB Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann as a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

Financial Planning

Podcast: College debt has far-reaching effects

Dr. Cliff Robb joins our partner site GovExec's podcast, and discusses how student loan borrowers change their behaviors due to their finances.

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Correction: Bias made me do it ...

Longtime journalist and columnist Mike Causey reflects on an enduring problem in media—worsening these days—of news reports marred by more than a touch of bias. Still he reminds us, lest we forget, much of our press is good, fair and helpful.

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House passes TSA workforce reform bill

Congress advanced a bill that, if approved in the Senate and signed at the White House, would give TSA employees better pay and collective bargaining rights on many issues, just like other feds.

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Revamped TSP site, app due in June

TSP's website is going down temporarily for a redesign, but will be back with new and improved features sometime during the first week of next month.

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Postal reform raises hopes

Amid mixed financial reports, the postal reform bill passed earlier this year is buoying expectations of greater long-term organizational stability among both management and labor at USPS.