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By FEND Staff

Q&A: What’s happening in government to cause the current partial federal shutdown?

By Nathan Abse

This week in FEND, Nathan Abse interviews Kenneth Warren, a professor of political science and expert on the federal civil service at St. Louis University about the partial government shutdown.

Federal Benefits Q&A

By FEND Staff

Question: I have retired as of December 31, 2018. My paperwork package has now gone to NFC for processing. I have 155 hours of annual leave that I will receive as a lump sum payment. Will the shutdown delay the processing of my lump sum payment to me?

DHS finds way to pay Coast Guard workers during shutdown

By FEND Staff

Servicemembers and retirees of the National Coast Guard were paid their regularly scheduled paychecks despite the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Some Important Social Security Changes Resulting from 2.8 Percent COLA Effective Jan. 1, 2019

By Edward A. Zurndorfer

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Social Security recipients received a 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on their benefits. This week’s column discusses the effect of the 2.8 COLA on Social Security benefits and limits. These benefits and limits include the minimum earnings for one earnings credit and the maximum amount an employee receiving Social Security benefits can earn without losing benefits.

House Dems include pay raise for feds in funding bill

By FEND Staff

House Democrats plan to open the new session of Congress by passing legislation to fund the federal government and end the partial shutdown.

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