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Thrift Savings Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of April 11, 2019.


View the April 15 FEND issue as a PDF

By FEND Staff


Practicing patience: Federal employees with appeals forced to wait due to vacant MSPB

By Mathew B. Tully, Esq.

What happens when a federal board has no members? Not much. The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is vacant for the first time in its 40-year history, leaving hundreds, possibly thousands, of federal employees with pending appeals hanging in the balance.


OPM: Critics say WH plans to merge—and effectively purge—agency into downsized role

By Nathan Abse

This week, Nathan Abse speaks to Saint Louis University political scientist Kenneth Warren about the White House plan—and the administration’s ongoing goal of reducing what it sees as redundancy and waste in whole components of the federal civil service.


WH pushes feds to pay more for retirement, healthcare

By Nathan Abse

The current administration in recent weeks has shifted its focus toward public pronouncements back to one that has come up time and again: that it plans to develop—in an unspecified time-frame—healthcare plans that will be much better and cost-effective than the backstop plans available under the government-overseen Affordable Care Act, a.k.a “Obamacare.”


Federal Benefits Q&A

By FEND Staff

Question: I am a FERS disability annuitant. We declined the spousal survivor benefit election when I was approved 15 years ago. Assuming I remain eligible and continue receiving benefits until my disability benefit converts to a regular retirement benefit, can we elect the survivor benefit at that point?


Nielsen suddenly resigns

By FEND Staff

Kirstjen Nielsen, the first Homeland Security secretary with a background in cybersecurity, resigned April 7, and is being replaced on an acting basis by the Customs and Border Protection chief.


WH pushes feds to pay more for retirement, healthcare

The current administration in recent weeks has shifted its focus toward public pronouncements back to one that has come up time and again: that it plans to develop—in an unspecified time-frame—healthcare plans that will be much better and cost-effective than the backstop plans available under the government-overseen Affordable Care Act, a.k.a “Obamacare.”


OPM aims to boost IT hiring

By FEND Staff

Agency leaders now have the direct hiring authority to boost the federal IT workforce when they deem there is a critical need or severe shortage of highly-qualified employees.


White House wants workforce order cases to be heard by FLRA

By FEND Staff

The Justice Department argued in a federal appeals court April 4 that a case challenging three executive orders curtailing union activities at federal agencies should have initially gone to the Federal Labor Relations Authority.


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