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View the January 16, 2017 issue as a PDF

By FEND Staff

OPM reduces claims backlog

By FEND Staff

The Office of Personnel Management last month reduced its retirement claims backlog.

AFGE leader: Need to fight against punitive bills—and protect employee healthcare, pensions and other rights, in 2017

By FEND Staff

This week, as another installment in our annual series of interviews with leaders at top federal employee organizations, FEND’s Nathan Abse speaks with American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox. Cox looks back at his union’s priorities from last year—and offers his organizations top priorities for 2017. As with his allies in other federal unions, Cox notes that federal employees and leaders perhaps face a moment of greater uncertainty than other presidential transitions in modern times.

Federal Benefits Q&A

By FEND Staff

Question: I am a FERS employee with plans to retire on January 7, 2017. At that point I will be 66 and have 30 years and nine months of service and 2,097 hours of sick leave. I am wondering if I should wait to take advantage of the COLA for 2017, or if I should retire when planned.

Chaffetz promises change

By FEND Staff

With a Republican president in office, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says he can now focus on making meaningful changes to the federal workforce, starting with eliminating defined-benefit pensions for new federal employees and making it easier to fire employees accused of sexual misconduct.

New laws affecting individual tax filers this filing season

By FEND Staff

There are several tax law changes that will affect individuals as they shortly start preparing their 2016 federal income tax returns. This week’s column discusses there changes, which include an increase in the penalty for late filers, a delay in the issuance of tax refunds for certain filers, and a new deadline for electronically filing the FBAR form.

OPM seeks cyber talent

By FEND Staff

The federal government is hoping that a new website launched last week will help boost its cybersecurity workforce.

Air Force: Prior pot use not disqualifier

By FEND Staff

The Air Force on Jan. 9, announced new policies that loosen restrictions on recruits regarding tattoos and medical screenings that include marijuana use.

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Share prices as of Jan. 12, 2017.

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