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By FEND Staff

Congress passes Competitive Service Act

By FEND Staff

Legislation that that would let agencies review and select job candidates from other federal agencies' "best qualified lists” of applicants headed to the president’s desk after clearing Congress March 8.

Bill would let DOD temps compete for jobs

By FEND Staff

Two Oklahoma lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would make it easier for temporary Defense Department employees to apply for vacant, permanent positions within the department.

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Share prices as of March 9, 2016.

Informed Investor: Tax reporting rules for capital gains and losses: Part I

By Edward A. Zurndorfer

Capital gains and losses resulting from the sale of capital assets during the year are reported on an individual’s tax return. This first of three columns explaining the reporting of capital gains and losses, discusses what a capital asset is, how the holding period of a capital asset is defined, and federal capital gain tax rates.

Software transition to strengthen cyberscurity, DOD says

By FEND Staff

The Defense Department said a new software operating system will help it improve its cybersecurity stance and streamline its information technology operating environment.

The FEW Perspective: Women’s History Month reminds us of the work ahead


March is a month that we honor and celebrate the many contributions women have made in America. This recognition of women started in 1982 as Women’s History Week.

Lawmaker introduces anti-discrimination measure

By FEND Staff

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) this month introduced legislation that would strengthen civil rights protections that shield federal employees from being discriminated against because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Federal Benefits Q&A

By FEND Staff

Question: “I am a postal clerk, 52 years of age with 28.5 years of service. I am in FERS. I am looking to possibly quit the Postal Service as there doesn't appear to be an early out on the horizon. What exactly would I lose by doing this? I realize I lose my health and life insurance benefits.”

New TSA canine training center debuts

By FEND Staff

The Transportation Security Administration this month cut the ribbon on a new $12 million canine training center in Texas at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

FEVS to roll out in April

By FEND Staff

The Office of Personnel Management announced that the new Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey will begin going out to agencies in two waves beginning at the end of April.

NTEU presses Congress for improved CBP funding

By FEND Staff

Customs and Border Protection is suffering from chronic staffing shortages, causing unsustainable overtime and inadequate work breaks for many at the agency, according to the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents thousands at CBP.

OPM warns on Zika risk

By FEND Staff

The Office of Personnel Management last week notified agency managers to be mindful of Zika virus risks for employees on frequent travel.

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