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  • DOD says health record requirements met

    The Defense Department announced it has met interoperability requirements for electronic health records as called for in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014.

  • TSA HQ move stalled

    The Transportation Security Administration’s proposed move of its headquarters between two northern Virginia locations may have hit a snag.

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  • APWU lodges NLRB complaint

    The American Postal Workers Union is asking some newly hired non-career employees not to participate in a U.S. Postal Service survey that inquires about job satisfaction and the quality of working conditions.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: “I am CSRS, planning to retire at 40 years with a survivor benefit for my wife. I don't have significant Social Security earnings, and so won't have personal Social Security benefits. My wife has worked in the private sector all her life so I would nominally be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits. If I pre-decease my wife, will her Social Security benefits be subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision? And if she pre-deceases me, will my spousal Social Security benefits be subject to WEP?"

  • Unions, consumer advocates renew fight against private tax collection

    Federal employee unions and consumer advocates have joined in a new fight against an old threat: proposed legislation that would permit the IRS to farm out collection of tax debts to private firms.

  • Bill would lift labor organizing requirements at IRS

    A Senate lawmaker is sponsoring legislation that would exempt the Internal Revenue Service from federal labor organization and collective bargaining requirements.

  • Informed Investor: Inheriting an IRA can result in tax hazards for nonspousal beneficiaries

    This week’s column discusses some of the tax hazards—including significantly large IRS penalties—that can occur when a nonspousal beneficiary inherits a traditional or Roth IRA.

  • VA rolls out new website

    The Department of Veterans Affairs on Nov. 11 debuted a beta version of a new website intended to enhance the department’s ability to provide services to vets.

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