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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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  • Interim chief to head SEA

    The Senior Executives Association’s board of directors said this month that former board member and former SEA staff member Tim Dirks will serve as interim president of organization pending selection of a permanent president.

  • 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?"

  • Legal Matters: Mishandling of classified information will likely be more heavily scrutinized after OPM hack

    Following China’s hack of the Office of Personnel Management which exposed the fingerprints and private information of 5.6 million U.S. government employees, agencies likely will be especially vigilant of anyone attempting to unlawfully access classified information.

  • Bill would require private-sector program management standards

    The Senate last week passed legislation that would require agencies to adopt private-sector standards for federal program management.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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