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  • Former Navy officer pleads guilty to bribery

    A retired Navy official has pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to defraud the United States government by overcharging the Navy for port services and using the proceeds to treat Navy officials to lavish dinners, cocktails and entertainment.

  • Planning to leave government under new administration?

    Now that Donald Trump has been elected as the next president, will you leave the federal workforce? That was one question of several asked in a poll of federal workers conducted by Government Business Council, an independent research firm of Government Executive.

  • Postal workers succeed in rolling back USPS-Staples deal

    “We have won the ‘Stop Staples’ fight,” a top postal union leader said in a message to members this week, congratulating them on their efforts, which arguably ended a U.S. Postal Service initiative that placed USPS retail counters in Staples office supply stores.

  • Executive order aims to reform security clearance process

    The Obama administration on Jan. 17 issued an executive order to streamline and reform the federal security clearance process.

  • Luck, fate or chance?

    Some people believe in luck. Others say there is no such thing. Others still believe that you make your own luck, etc. Who knows, for sure? Maybe people who believe you make your own luck try harder, or are more confident. Again, who knows?

  • Understanding the “Nanny Tax” and the tax implications for household employers

    Many employees may have employed household employees during 2016 including babysitters, nannies, gardeners and health care aids. This week’s column discusses the “nanny” tax and its implications for household employers. These implications include paying Social Security (FICA) and Medicare Part A payroll taxes and furnishing a W-2 to the household employee by Jan. 31, 2017.

  • Outgoing OPM leader warns against hiring freezes

    The parting leader of the Office of Personnel Management leaves her post with some advice for the incoming administration on developing new policies for the federal workforce.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: Can the new incoming president reduce retirement benefits for those currently retired?

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Jan. 19, 2017.

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