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  • VA inks contracts aimed at speeding decisions

    The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the award of contracts it said will help speed up the claims decision process.

  • House passes VA reform bill

    The House this month passed a bill that would reform the way disciplinary proceedings are conducted at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Early analysis of 2016 FEVS results shows uptick in engagement

    The Office of Personnel Management last week released the first batch of data from its 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results—and the results show a slight government-wide gain in employee engagement.

  • Informed Investor: IRS ruling penalizes married couples with supersize mortgages

    As a result of the IRS’s recent acquiescence to a circuit court decision regarding the mortgage interest limitation, single individuals may be entitled to an enhanced mortgage interest deduction. This week’s column discusses the Internal Revenue Code’s limitation on the mortgage interest deduction, and how it affects single and married individuals owning supersize mortgages on their primary and second homes.

  • OSC targets Hatch Act violations

    The Office of Special Counsel this month pointed to several recent Hatch Act violations as examples of behavior to avoid during the current election season.

  • Those affected by ‘Don’t Ask’ can seek record changes

    The Defense Department last week urged military service members who may have been discharged as a result of the now defunct “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law to seek correction of their service records.

  • OPM revises telework training

    The Office of Personnel Management announced updates to two telework training modules used to instruct employees on their responsibilities when teleworking.

  • OPM addresses Zika concerns

    The Office of Personnel Management this month issued a memo reviewing its efforts to address the threat to the federal workforce posed by the Zika virus.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: “I am just starting work as a federal employee. I will get four hours per pay period of vacation. I am also on a two-year trial period. My wife and I have been planning for over a year now to have our wedding in another country (where she's from). I am planning for two weeks. What is the procedure and likelihood of me being able to get it off?”

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