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  • Senators call for FLTCIP hearings

    Two Senate lawmakers are asking for hearings to investigate the steep premium increases announced last month for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.

  • OPM wants tighter tracking of telework usage

    The Office of Personnel Management recently notified federal agencies to take steps to ensure the accuracy of the data they collect regarding employees’ use of telework -- but one agency has been through the paces before.

  • DHS to consider ending use of ICE detention contractors

    The Department of Homeland Security is exploring the possibility of following in the footsteps of the Justice Department and ending the contracting out of its detention operations to private companies.

  • Informed Investor: Navigating the Medicare enrollment rules

    Many employees are, or will be in the near future, eligible for Medicare. This first of a series of columns discussing what employees need to know about Medicare examines Medicare Parts A and B, including what Medicare Parts A and B pay for, and the rules for enrolling in them.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Aug. 23, 2016.

  • Med school prep program open for applications

    Eligible enlisted Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and active-duty airmen who want to enter a program aimed at paving the way to a medical degree have until Oct. 7 to submit an email stating their intention to apply.

  • AFGE praises decision to phase out contract prisons

    The American Federation of Government Employees cheered a Justice Department decision to phase out the use of privately operated prisons.

  • IG finds faulty EPA tracking of transit subsidies

    Environmental Protection Agency offices exercised weak controls over the agency’s public transit subsidy program, according to the EPA Office of Inspector General.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: “My colleague is 60 and has more than 30 years of federal service. He also has a grave illness and will not be able to work much longer. Although he is eligible for immediate retirement, he would like to file for disability retirement instead. I have heard that if a person is eligible for immediate retirement, there is a rule against granting disability retirement. Is that true?”

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