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  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Nov. 17, 2015.

  • Hatch Act revisions better address social media, email

    While the First Amendment protects the right to free speech, federal employees’ speech at work is another matter, thanks to the Hatch Act, which restricts federal employees’ political speech in ways that don’t apply to private-sector employees.

  • Congress trims election year calendars

    Members of Congress will have less time to tackle bills—and more time to campaign—under a shorter legislative schedule in 2016.

  • Group calls on Congress to act on program for 9/11 responders

    The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association is asking congressional lawmakers to reauthorize a program that treated first responders and others suffering from injuries and illnesses related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Authorization expired Sept. 30.

  • Insight by Mike Causey: Supercalifragi-lingo

    It’s important to convey things in terms most people can understand. But sometimes it just doesn't happen.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: “I plan to retire (FERS) mid-year 2023 at my minimum retirement age. At that point I will have more than 33 years of service. We now have health insurance through my spouse, but I realize I need to have FEHB for the five years before I retire to maintain it in retirement. Question 1: If I carry self only coverage for five years before I retire, and once retired I carry the self only option for a period of time while retired, can I convert to self +1 or family option during future open seasons? Question 2: If I carry the self only coverage for the five years before I retire, once retired, can I immediately change to the self +1 or family option upon retirement?”

  • Settlement payments slated before Dec. 25

    Certain eligible postal workers are slated to receive their share of a grievance settlement before Christmas, the American Postal Workers Union announced.

  • Tricare extends coverage for tests

    Tricare beneficiaries will be covered for 32 more lab tests, according to the Defense Health Agency.

  • Informed Investor: Traditional IRA owners can avoid double taxation on IRA distributions

    This week’s column discusses the two types of traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)—deductible and nondeductible. The column also explains, with respect to nondeductible IRAs, the importance of filing IRS Form 8606 to make sure that the contributions are not taxed when withdrawn.

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