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By FEND Staff

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.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of July 8, 2019.

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.

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.

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.

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