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By FEND Staff

All the president’s men

By Mike Causey

Most presidents and top advisors—Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservative—have from time to time railed that they are poorly served, sometimes actually undercut, by the career bureaucracy either over turf, politics or incompetence. They—the suspicious politicians—haven't always been wrong either.

NFFE: VA’s whistleblower office is no advocate for employees

By FEND Staff

The whistleblower office at the Department of Veterans Affairs—set up purportedly to better advocate for employees who find and report waste, fraud and abuse—instead is itself a hotbed of corruption and managerial retaliation against employees, according to a major union.

Coronavirus: Agencies extend telework options

By FEND Staff

Against the backdrop of federal offices allowing their employees to telecommute as a precaution against the coronavirus, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it was implementing a remote work program for its workers.

Guidance released on CoVID-19

By FEND Staff

The federal government released its first detailed guidance on working amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which comes with 60 reported cases documented in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Federal Benefits Q&A

By FEND Staff

Question: I am currently a CSRS-0ffset employee(less than 14000 of us are still active) and intend to retire soon. During that time I will have turned 66 and would become fully eligible for my social security benefit. My spouse currently received Social Security under her own work record. Once I do file, my benefits will be about $200 month more than my spouse. Am I correct, that once I file for my SS benefits we have to decide under whose benefit we will be receiving?

OPM reduces retirement claim backlog falls by 1.5%

By FEND Staff

After the annual spike in retirement claims submitted by federal employees at the beginning of the year, the Office of Personnel Management was only able to reduce its backlog by a few hundred claims last month.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of March 11, 2020.

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