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  • Pathways Programs show high retention rate

    A recent poll of Pathways Program appointees showed that 93 percent of those surveyed plan to remain at their current agencies or continue to work in the federal government in the immediate future, according to a new study released this week by the Office of Personnel Management.

  • Agencies partner to provide vets with targeted cancer therapy

    Three federal agencies are cooperating on a program that will routinely screen cancer patients’ tumors for their gene and protein information to find targeted therapies for individual patients.

  • View the August 22, 2016 issue as a PDF
  • Senators want FLTCIP hearings

    Two more lawmakers are calling for hearings to look into the steep premium increases announced last month for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.

  • Air Force reassigns duties that detract from mission

    Air Force leaders notified airmen that it will eliminate, reassign or reduce many duties which interfere with their core mission.

  • MSPB says indicted feds can be suspended

    The Merit Systems Protection Board has ruled that an agency may suspend indefinitely any employee it reasonably believes has committed a crime punishable by imprisonment—as long as that worker has been indicted by a grand jury.

  • Lawmakers investigate whistleblower concerns

    Congressional lawmakers are looking into two separate incidents in which agencies may have mishandled the treatment of whistleblowers.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Aug, 16, 2016.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: “Right now my spouse’s insurance is the better option for us, but I feel it will be reduced or go away at some point in the future and I want to keep our options open and have FEHB available. Two questions: (1) ) Assume I carry self only coverage for the five years before I retire. Once retired, if I carry the self only option for a period of time (X years) while retired, can I convert to self+1 or family option during future open seasons? (2) Still assuming I carry self only for those five years, once retired, can I immediately change to self+1 or family coverage on retirement?”

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