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View the February 19, FEND issue as a PDF

By FEND Staff


WH scandals renew attention on security clearance backlog

By FEND Staff

Recent scandals at the White House have renewed concerns about the security clearance process and the backlog.


Questionable judgement, not background check failings, at issue in WH flap

By Nathan Abse

This week, Nathan Abse interviews Professor Lawrence Friedman, who teaches law at New England Law School and is an expert on national security law and information privacy law about the controversy that erupted over members of the White House staff with allegations that they had engaged in spousal abuse and could not pass the norms usually insisted on to remain in top executive branch jobs.


Members of the Military Who Return to Civilian Service Are Eligible for TSP Benefits - Part I

By Edward A. Zurndorfer

Those employees who have, or who are, separating from Federal service in order to perform military service may receive “restored” benefits from the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). In the first of two columns discussing these “restored” benefits, this week’s column discusses “restored” agency automatic and matching TSP contributions for employees covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).


Thrift Savings Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of February 19, 2018.


OPM makes annuity policy change without public notice; makes it retroactive

By FEND Staff

The Office of Personnel Management changed a policy on divorced former federal employees’ annuity supplements without making a public notice, and may have broken the law by making it retroactive, a recent Inspector General report finds.


FEEA accepting scholarship applications

By FEND Staff

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund is now accepting applications for its 2018 scholarship program.


Federal Benefits Q&A

By FEND Staff

Question: "What is the impact of retiring at my minimum retirement age of 56 with 29 years of service, which is about one year away? Would I still receive the FERS supplement and keep my FEHB?"


From the 'Let them eat cake' department

By Mike Causey

Whether Marie Antoinette actually said the infamous phrase, “Let them eat cake,” that is attributed to helping start the French Revolution, or whether that was the 1789 version of fake news it is a fact that she lost her head. Literally.


OPM backlog back up in January after reaching low in December

By FEND Staff

After reducing its retirement claims backlog to its lowest level in a year, the Office of Personnel Management received nearly 15,000 claims in the first month of 2018, bringing the backlog back up to one of its highest levels.


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