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By FEND Staff

Dems question BLM's plan to move jobs

By FEND Staff

The acting head of the Bureau of Land Management faced questions from House Democrats about a plan to move more than 300 jobs out of the Washington, D.C. headquarters and establish a new western headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Federal Benefits Q&A

By FEND Staff

Question: I'm in my 60s, have been a federal employee for more than a decade, and plan to retire as soon as I am eligible to keep my FEHB in retirement. My eOPF shows that the creation date for my FEHB enrollment was Dec. 14, 2016 (following open enrollment season) and the effective date was Jan. 8, 2017. I'm confused about which of these dates marks the beginning of the required five-year FEHB period. What would be my earliest date of retirement with federal health benefits?

Informed Investor: Nursing Home Prices Expected to Continue to Skyrocket

By Edward A. Zurndorfer

This week’s column discusses the soaring costs of nursing home stays in the US. Some reasons behind the general increase in long term care (LTC) costs are examined and why LTC expenses are expected to increase at a pace exceeding the general inflation rate. A discussion is presented as to why qualifying for Medicaid is not a solution for paying LTC expenses.

The good ole' boys

By Mike Causey

Is there an old boy or old girl network where you work? Are only certain pre-selected people destined to get ahead in your shop regardless of talent? Or lack of thereof? Ask yourself a couple of questions,

Lawmakers urge Congress to protect feds' collective bargaining rights

By FEND Staff

A letter signed by more than 200 lawmakers and initiated by federal employee unions is urging Congressional leadership to take immediate action to prevent the Trump administration from “undermining” the collective bargaining rights of federal employees.

NOAA management move raises protests from fed unions scientific orgs

By Nathan Abse

In the middle of Hurricane Dorian’s dangerous and damaging track from the heavily-damaged Bahamas up the Southeastern U.S. coastline, the White House let fly a now famous, magic-marker scrawled image on top of an official agency prediction map—and a story—that the National Weather Service had predicted deep into the storm’s course possibly damaging outcomes in the state of Alabama.

Former FEMA employees indicted for conspiracy

By FEND Staff

Two top FEMA officials and a contractor have been charged with using the 2017 hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico to enrich themselves through bribery, gifts and favors by steering work to the contractor on the island.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of Sept. 11, 2019.