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  • DHS issues guidance on executive orders for border wall

    The Department of Homeland Security on Feb. 20 released a pair of memos offering additional detail and guidance concerning immigration and border enforcement policy under President Trump.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: “My former spouse wants to create a ‘heritable asset' from her Civil Service Retirement System survivor benefit. How much will this reduce what's left of my CSRS annuity?”

  • PPS study reveals agencies with the greatest, least engagement—and slices the data by similar types of work

    The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte consulting have released a federal employee survey showing which agencies have a workforce with the greatest employee engagement—and which exhibit the least.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Feb. 21, 2017.

  • New OPM rule offers background check exemption

    The Office of Personnel Management will now offer an exemption for agencies to no longer ask applicants for criminal or financial background information unless a conditional offer is made.

  • Not too late to make changes to 2016 IRA contributions - Part II

    In the second of two columns discussing 2016 IRA contributions and conversions, this week’s column continues the discussion of IRA contribution recharacterizations. The specifics of how an IRA owner performs a recharacterization is presented. Also presented is the recharacterization of a Roth IRA conversion, including why these recharacterizations are performed and associated deadlines.

  • DHS network outage reported

    Several sources have reported that Department of Homeland Security employees in the Washington, D.C., area and Philadelphia were locked out of some agency networks on Feb. 21, prompting the agency to issue a statement on the matter.

  • Lawmakers release guide on information sharing

    Two Democratic lawmakers have joined together to develop a guide that aims to inform federal employees of their rights when it comes to sharing information in light of reports of a communication blackout on federal agencies.

  • Washington's Groundhog Day

    Why is Washington always reinventing the wheel? Coming up with "solutions" that have failed, time after time, in the past. It is one thing to consider options. It is another to keep repeating the same mistakes. Unless, if you are a cynic, you remember the phrase, "Cui bono," which means, "for whose benefit?"

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