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  • View the November 30, 2015 issue as a PDF
  • DHS chief calls on Congress to back 'more effective' security efforts

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Nov. 30 reviewed some of the recent actions the department has undertaken to ramp up security—and called on Congress to take steps to reinforce the agency’s efforts.

  • Informed Investor: Traditional IRA owners can avoid double taxation on IRA distributions

    This week’s column discusses the two types of traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)—deductible and nondeductible. The column also explains, with respect to nondeductible IRAs, the importance of filing IRS Form 8606 to make sure that the contributions are not taxed when withdrawn.

  • Medicare open enrollment ends next week

    While feds may be focused on Federal Employees Health Benefits open season, the five-week period also overlaps the open season for Medicare—and the Social Security Administration is advising Medicare beneficiaries to review their coverage options.

  • Scientist charges retaliation at USDA

    A Department of Agriculture entomologist who alleges the department has penalized him because of his pesticide studies has lodged a whistleblower retaliation complaint with the Merit Systems Protection Board.

  • Hatch Act revisions better address social media, email

    While the First Amendment protects the right to free speech, federal employees’ speech at work is another matter, thanks to the Hatch Act, which restricts federal employees’ political speech in ways that don’t apply to private-sector employees.

  • Settlement payments slated before Dec. 25

    Certain eligible postal workers are slated to receive their share of a grievance settlement before Christmas, the American Postal Workers Union announced.

  • Congress trims election year calendars

    Members of Congress will have less time to tackle bills—and more time to campaign—under a shorter legislative schedule in 2016.

  • Tricare extends coverage for tests

    Tricare beneficiaries will be covered for 32 more lab tests, according to the Defense Health Agency.

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