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By FEND Staff

VA institutes new 'religious symbols' policy

By FEND Staff

The Department of Veterans Affairs this month announced that is has revised policy and directives regarding “religious literature, symbols and displays at VA facilities,” with an aim to adapt to court decisions and to better protect religious freedoms for vets and their kin—all “while ensuring inclusivity and nondiscrimination,” as a VA press release noted.

Be careful when buying hybrid long term care insurance

By Edward A. Zurndorfer

Individual long term care (LTC) insurance policy sales have plummeted in recent years. One reason is significant rising LTC insurance premiums and fewer insurance companies offering individual LTC insurance. In its place, hybrid LTC insurance has seen a significant rise in sales. This week’s column presents what hybrid LTC insurance is and some of its’ advantages and disadvantages.

Benefits QnA

By FEND Staff

Question: I quit my job recently to focus on school full time and got a letter telling me what's going to happen to all of my benefits but I'm not 100 percent understanding everything. I haven't gotten a last check yet but I did get my last direct deposit. My question is that I have/had dental from my job but it's saying that will be gone as soon as I separate. It doesn't give a date or tell me my separation date. It tells me nothing beyond that. I have a dentist appointment Wednesday and I thought I'd keep my coverage until the end of the year and the insurance just took money from my check. I don't want to go to the dentist and then next thing I know I'm slapped with a bill. Will they refund me my money back at my final check if they won't pay for my work done?

OPM announces new ‘data scientist’ job title

By FEND Staff

As the field of “data science” continues to grow in the workforce, the Office of Personnel Management is seeking to keep up with the pace and has issued guidance on how agencies can incorporate and recognize the field into federal agencies.

POGO: Retaliation continues at VA

By FEND Staff

Five years after the Department of Veterans Affairs wait-list scandal broke in the major media and Congress with the help of in-house whistleblowers, these brave feds still face the extreme likelihood of retaliation at the department, so reports the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight.

Unions celebrate House passage of hard-fought 3.1 percent raise

By FEND Staff

Federal employees and their unions have won a key battle in a months-long struggle to secure a reasonable pay raise for federal employees for next year.

Most USDA employees slated to be relocated will decline the move, report says

By FEND Staff

Most Department of Agriculture employees slated to be relocated to the Midwest will decline, according to a staff tally conducted by the Economic Research Service.

Bill that will make it easier to fire feds reintroduced

By FEND Staff

A group of Republican lawmakers this week introduced legislation that aims to “modernize” the civil service system by expediting the dismissal process of underperforming employees.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of July 8, 2019.

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