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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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CDC has guidance on masks for federal workforce

The White House-led Safer Federal Workforce Task Force is incorporating recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates on COVID protocols into their guidance for agencies looking to accommodate vaccinated workers.

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Report: Vaccinations up, but DOD won’t require employees to disclose

The Department of Defense has administered almost 3,140,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to servicemembers, employees and other “eligible beneficiaries” via its own inoculation program, according to DOD—and, like other feds, still more in the department have obtained protection from outside providers.

Help raise money for fed emergency charity!

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). FEEA—which this month commemorated its 35th anniversary as part of Federal Recognition Week—is offering gratitude to backers and asking feds to join in on events that raise cash for a good cause.

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Republican lawmakers want feds back in the office

Rep. Jody Hice, the top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, says that recent CDC guidance on masks, vaccination and social distancing means that it's time for the federal government to move away from the emergency pandemic footing.

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GAO report: 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.

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'Uncertainty' may undermine CBP's enforcement of social media policy, OIG says

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security found divisions among senior Customs and Border Protection officials about the agency's social media posting policies.

Tax Day 2021 is here...

The IRS is reminding all individual filers that today—Monday, May 17—is the deadline on tax returns for tax year 2020, or put in for an extension. The extraordinary extension from mid-April was implemented to help ease the challenge posed by COVID.

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VA says claims backlog will peak this summer

Recent additions to the backlog of veterans affected by Agent Orange are going to add to an expected spike in the backlog of pending benefits claims at the Veterans Benefits Administration, but agency officials are still aiming to get the levels closer to pre-pandemic numbers by the end of fiscal year 2022.

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What is TSA's role in pipeline security?

Questions about whether TSA is rightly positioned to oversee cybersecurity for natural gas and oil pipelines are resurfacing in the wake of the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline.

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Dems want Biden to back plan for all-electric USPS fleet

House Democrats are urging the White House to support an $8 billion taxpayer-funded proposal to direct the United States Postal Service to move towards an all-electric delivery fleet far sooner than the plan Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled earlier this year.

Honoring Feds: Foreign Service event celebrates workforce, honors the fallen

The purpose of the Foreign Service is to promote peace and protect Americans and American interests abroad. At present, the U.S. has over 15,000 Foreign Service officers under several agencies, the largest portion with the State Department. Many thousands of dedicated civil servants who have done the necessary work of these positions, over the years, have served in difficult assignments—and more than a few have lost their lives.

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Dems, unions urge reclassification of TSA screeners

So far, Republicans haven't signed on to a plan to alter the agency's unique personnel situation. Some experts caution that there are untended consequences from a move to put TSA officers under Title 5.

House committee reviews bills aimed at fed workforce reform

Six separate bills focused on federal employee reform and policy are being considered by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

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