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Federal employees and retirees: Let’s make #GivingTuesday 2019 a record year

This year, I am challenging federal employees and retirees to surpass this amount with the aim of reaching $2.4 million in pledges on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3rd.

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TSP fund to include China investments, despite criticism

Despite criticism from multiple U.S. Senators, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board affirmed a move to invest in an index fund that includes Chinese state-owned companies.

Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Plan Choices

The Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004 provided OPM the opportunity to establish arrangements under which supplemental dental and vision benefits are made available to federal employees, retirees, and their dependents. Dependents include spouses and children under the age of 22.

Shutdown brewing? Unions, feds concerns ramp up

For the moment, we’re safe. The federal government is currently funded through Thursday, Nov. 21. But, at the close of that day, once again federal employees and their families—and the people and businesses that depend on their work—might suffer yet another shutdown.

Snowy weather telework and leave rules reissued

Wind and snow and icy temperatures have gripped much of the country this week. Perhaps just in time, the Office of Personnel Management just this month is issuing a reminder to help employees across the federal government know what to do in the event of a weather event.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of Nov. 7, 2019.

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DOD board recommends changes to hiring process

The Defense Department's readiness in emerging technology areas such as data science will slip away unless it changes its hiring processes, according to the Defense Innovation Board's recommendations.

And the crowd goes...

Washington, D.C., which includes portions of Maryland and Virginia is the 5th, 6th or 7th largest metro area in the country. Depending on whose numbers you use. And (as is so often true when people use numbers) what you are trying to prove. But whatever, it’s smaller than New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston (by a little). And like most big cities it is many towns and villages within one metro area. Much is made of the fact that metro D.C. has about 14 percent of the federal workforce.

BLM: Administration’s HQ plan moves forward, but employee pushback is growing

The administration’s plan to scatter almost most of the Bureau of Land Management’s D.C.-based several hundred employees to the nation’s interior is on the verge of being implemented this month—but a new report on GovExec.com details significant pushback against the move.

Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: I received an estimate for my FEGLI deduction as part of my ongoing DR package, and it's much higher than I thought. I pay less than $70 a month now for max everything A/B/C. The estimate was over $300/mo. I'm quite a few years from typical retirement age. I plan to shop around for some policies, but my health is not great so I'm not super sure WAEPA or the open market will give me much better. Regardless, I'm confused though as I thought that annuitants pay the same as employees until they reach age 65. My guess is I that I should change my basic from no reduction to 75 percent reduction.

GSA proposing rule about sleeping on the job

The General Services Administration is posting a proposed rule to make what you probably thought was the rule, anyway: No sleeping is allowed in your federal workspace.

Traditional TSP Participants Should Understand the Tax Consequences When Transferring Funds to a Roth IRA

In September, the Thrift Savings Plan implemented expanded withdrawal options for TSP participants. One of the expanded options allows traditional TSP participants to make multiple transfers of their accounts to “rollover” Roth IRAs. This week’s column discusses the tax consequences and potential penalties that traditional TSP participants should be aware of before performing transfers of traditional TSP accounts to Roth IRAs.

Senators pen letter EPA urging bargaining

A group of lawmakers has penned a letter to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency questioning why the agency ended negotiations with a major federal employees union about new workplace rules that limit the union's ability to represent its employees.

Report: 100,000s of former servicemembers excluded from VA help

There are more than 18 million living veterans in the U.S.—and each year more than 9 million are in some way touched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, through some form of health care or service.

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FEVS reports on shutdown

Despite furloughs and no pay, agencies reported being well supported.

Federal Employee Health Insurance Plan Choices

Each year, during the benefits “open season”, federal employees and annuitants make decisions regarding which health, dental and vision insurance plans they want to be covered by during the upcoming plan year that starts in early January. Employees are eligible to continue their Federal Employee Health Benefits coverage throughout retirement

GSA: No, you can’t sleep at work

The General Services Administration is posting a proposed rule to make what you probably thought was the rule, anyway: No sleeping is allowed in your federal workspace.

Senators urge EPA to return to bargaining table with union

A group of lawmakers has penned a letter to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency questioning why the agency ended negotiations with a major federal employees union about new workplace rules that limit the union's ability to represent its employees.

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