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Report: Feds face return to workplace

With a majority of the U.S. at least partially vaccinated and the pandemic easing, employers—including the federal government—are planning to reopen many more workspaces

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Social Security has much to offer workers and retirees online

The Social Security Administration is reminding the public that many of the disability, retirement and survivor benefits agency’s functions can be easily accessed online.

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WH orders TSA to facilitate union, raise screener pay

The White House has ordered the Transportation Security Administration to immediately move to enhance the status of union representation already in place at the agency.

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COVID boosts fed hiring less than expected

Fewer separations, not hiring spikes, drove 2020 growth.

GAO: SBA sees spike in spending, workforce

Over the past year, the Small Business Administration massively boosted spending—and staffing—to address several new and unprecedented agency priorities, as a lead in managing the economic fallout from the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic.

WH proposes 2.7% bump in pay for feds

Good news for feds: The Biden administration is proposing a 2.7% increase in pay next year—if effected, the largest annual bump in pay in over a decade.

OPM opens window to enroll in HSAs

If you haven’t already done so, June is a special enrollment month for joining or altering selections in health savings accounts—the Federal Spending Account Program, known as FSAFEDS.

FEEA celebrates 35th anniversary

For three-and-a-half decades, federal employees and their families have had a resource to draw on in tough times: the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA).

VA sees spike in demand for VA mental health services

In the last 20 years, the nation’s armed forces have been pushed hard. The 9/11 terrorist attacks led to intensified American involvement in conflicts, the War on Terror, all over the world. Warfare—whether combat or lengthy and frequent postings far from friends, family and country—places powerful stresses on the body and the mind.

CDC issues guidance on masks for federal workforce

The federal government looks to be one step closer to reopening workplaces for vaccinated workers, contractors and guests without masking and distancing requirements.

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Thrift Savings Share Prices as of May 27, 2021.

Federal telework to be made permanent

Last March, to protect feds from COVID, the Office of Personnel Management issued guidance directing agencies to ensure that “as many employees as possible” could telework. And in the year-plus since, the vast majority of feds have indeed worked remotely.

Fed employee group warns USPS reform could raise FEHB premiums

Proposals to reform health and retirement benefits for Postal Service employees have been rolling around Capitol Hill for years. But one such bill, now pending, actually could pass—and according to critics raise federal health insurance premiums, an unwelcome prospect.

Postal reform bill could raise FEHBP premiums

Proposals to reform health and retirement benefits for Postal Service employees have been rolling around Capitol Hill for years. But one such bill, now pending, actually could pass—and according to critics raise federal health insurance premiums, an unwelcome prospect.

Uncle Sam is hiring

Is there any such thing as a golden age for government workers? Is it possible? Could it be now? With you right smack in the middle?

Check in on your financial goals

With the first half of the year behind us, summer represents the season for vacations and outdoor fun, and it is also a perfect time to take a pause and perform a check in on your finances.

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Far-reaching federal telework to be made permanent

Last March, to protect feds from COVID, the Office of Personnel Management issued guidance directing agencies to ensure that “as many employees as possible” could telework. And in the year-plus since, the vast majority of feds have indeed worked remotely.

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IT leaders are preparing for the post-pandemic workforce

After a year of emergency response, IT leaders are planning for a permanently changed operating environment.

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Lawmakers back NARA in addressing DOD's records request backlog

Many records housed in a St. Louis facility are critical to veterans' benefits applications but can't be accessed remotely.

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