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  • OPM trims claims backlog in September

    The Office of Personnel Management took in 1,000 fewer claims in September than predicted, and processed several hundred more than forecast, helping the agency to score a modest reduction in the number of backlogged claims.

  • Thift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Oct. 7, 2015.

  • CBP hiring bill heads to president

    The Senate this month unanimously approved the Border Jobs for Veterans Act, which will put veterans to work as Customs and Border Protection officers at understaffed U.S. ports of entry. The bill was sent to the president for his signature.

  • Federal pay back in the news

    A libertarian think tank has rekindled the debate over federal civilian pay, arguing that federal employees have enjoyed years of faster compensation growth and higher pay than private-sector workers.

  • San Diego VA employees vote for union

    The American Federation of Government Employees will represent hundreds of medical professionals at a San Diego facility who last week voted to join the union.

  • Tougher sanctions critical to improving federal cybersecurity

    FEND's Nathan Abse interviews Austen Givens, a researcher in cybersecurity at Utica College and former fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, on cybersecurity in government.

  • Obama will not sign another CR

    Congress may have headed off a shutdown by passing a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for several more months, but President Obama warned lawmakers that he will not sign another temporary funding measure when the current one runs out Dec. 11.

  • Lawmaker urges DOJ to examine VA IG findings

    A Senate lawmaker has asked the Justice Department to look further into unethical behavior by Department of Veterans Affairs senior employees revealed last month in a VA Office of Inspector General report.

  • Informed Investor: Pre-Age 62 FERS annuitants need to understand ‘earnings test’— Part II

    Many FERS employees under the age of 62 soon will be eligible to retire and will receive a FERS annuity and retiree annuity supplement. This second of two columns discussing the retiree annuity supplement examines how a FERS annuitant’s earned income can result in the loss of some or all of the retiree annuity supplement.

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