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By FEND Staff

DeTrumping the government

By Mike Causey

Veteran federal government reporter and columnist Mike Causey considers some possible consequences of the COVID era, and the transformation of somewhere between 43%—sampled before the pandemic—and most federal employees now into long-term remote workers.

Shutdown avoided—narrowly

By Nathan Abse

Congress avoided causing a governmentwide shutdown, with barely a day left to spare before deadline passing a continuing resolution that will keep agencies running through Dec. 3.

POGO to Congress: Enact PODA

By FEND Staff

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) is pressing Congress to pass PODA, a reform bill the group says would help federal employees—including hardening protections for whistleblowers.

TSA Employees win appeals rights

By FEND Staff

The union representing more than 45,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs), the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), last week announced a huge win. After more than 20 years of effort, these feds have secured the right to appeal removal and other adverse actions taken by management.

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of October 4, 2021.

Retirement: A practical and emotional decision

By Nathan Abse

This week FEND looked for insights on current trends in retirement—for example, the current surge of people leaving their careers early—and we sought advice on retirement from Robin Ryan. Ryan is a long-time Forbes magazine reporter and Wall Street Journal-bestselling author specializing in employment and retirement issues. She has written voluminously, offering clear-eyed advice on the workplace, careers and retirement.

CBP Union: Mandate vaccine for arrivals

By FEND Staff

The union representing employees of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—including 29,000 agency employees—is publicizing its approval of the requirement that foreign nationals must show proof of vaccination to enter the U.S. via air. But the union wants the requirement extended to all sea and land border crossings, too.

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