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View the March 4, 2019 FEND issue as a PDF

By FEND Staff


Rising VA healthcare job vacancies—and outsourcing—spur union alarm

By Nathan Abse

The number of unfilled positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to increase—recently hitting 49,000 according to VA data, with 4,000 vacancies added just since August.


Thrift Savings Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of February 27, 2019.


The trip of a lifetime

By Mike Causey

I’ve been a union member every year since I started working, with one exception, when I was happily lured away to join a dot.com startup newspaper.


Retroactive pay raise could come by spring

By FEND Staff

According to a congressional aide with knowledge of the 2019 federal employee pay raise timeline, the Office of Personnel Management will publish new pay tables for the various pay systems and localities in March.


Administration says pay gap methodology not credible

By FEND Staff

The President’s Pay Agent in its annual report on federal employee salaries and compensation, said it has “major methodological concerns” with how the Federal Salary Council calculates the pay disparity between federal employees and the private sector workers.


Bipartisan legislation reinstates advisory panels

By FEND Staff

A new bipartisan bill will that promote dialogue and foster partnerships between labor and federal agency management that were disbanded under the Trump administration.


Employees Have Until Tax Filing Deadline to “Recharacterize” 2018 IRA Contributions

By Edward A. Zurndorfer

This week’s column discusses the “recharacterization” of IRA contributions. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts of 2017, the new tax that became effective Jan. 1, 2018, those individuals who made the wrong type of IRA contributions may still undo their contributions through recharacterization. The column explains the recharacterization process, including IRS required forms and deadlines.


Army ends childcare subsidy; Unions urge reinstatement

By FEND Staff

In a letter sent to leaders of the House Armed Services Committee, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineer calls the Army’s decision to discontinue a subsidy used to help civilian workers pay for child care, “misguided” and “puzzling."


Federal Benefits Q&A

By FEND Staff

Question: If I decide to retire at age 50 with more than 20 years of service (to run a small business or become a contractor), am I qualified to stay under FEHB right after retirement? Can I stay under the plan for lifetime? If I have spouse and she is not federal employee, and if I buy family plan when I am a federal employee, can she also stay under the family plan when I retire?


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