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Senate passes VA pay cap bill

The Senate recently passed a measure that will create a fix to a law that erroneously capped the pay for Senior Executive Service workers at the Veterans Health Administration.

WH issues fed workplace safety push

This week, Nathan Abse talks about this crucial issue with Noah Seixas, a professor and expert on occupational health science and director of the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

AFGE vet advocates lobby to cut flaws

Advocates for veterans—and a major federal employee union—report they are succeeding in fighting back against what they say is waste and fraud that looms in administration efforts to privatize veteran suicide prevention programs.

About last night

When computers were first introduced into the workplace, they were mainly in-house email channels and word-processors. They didn’t have all the bells, whistles and apps we take for granted today. At least that’s the way I remembered it back when I was a very young reporter with The Washington Post. But the simplicity of the old Raytheon terminals, which looked like ancient TV-with-tubes sets, taught me a good lesson.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of Jan. 23, 2020.

Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: I am currently a CSRS offset 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?

Report: WH—offering no data to justify it—push back against telework

The Trump administration, across departments and agencies, is criticizing and slashing the amount of telework available—while unions and federal employees are exasperated and fighting the administration’s moves.

FRTIB aims to streamline catch-up contributions

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which governs the Thrift Savings Plan, wants to make it easier for participants to make catch-up contributions.

Norton bill would protect feds’ employee rights

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced a bill that would clarify due process rights for federal employees working in sensitive positions.

US Representative Carolyn Maloney attends festival on Roosevelt Island NY April 2019 - Image Editorial credit: lev radin / Shutterstock.com

Lawmakers raise concern over EEOC rule change

Two House leaders are requesting more information from the Employment Opportunity Commission about a proposed change that would reverse a long-standing official time rule.

TSP board wants to streamline catch-up contributions

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which governs the Thrift Savings Plan, wants to make it easier for participants to make catch-up contributions.

Bill that aims to correct VA pay cap passes Senate

The Senate recently passed a measure that will create a fix to a law that erroneously capped the pay for Senior Executive Service workers at the Veterans Health Administration.

EPA employees demand 'Bill of Rights'

Environmental Protection Agency’s nearly 8,000 workers want a new vision for the agency; one that will better embrace scientific efforts, improve working conditions and deliver a more equitable contract to union members.

Federal Salary Council calls for market-based compensation for feds

Based on the recommendations of the Federal Salary Council, the advisory group that makes pay recommendations to the President’s Pay Agent, two new locality pay areas have been approved, and the board also is urging Congress to make federal compensation more market-based.

What makes you happy as a fed?

Has anybody ever told you could make a lot more money on the outside? That somebody in the private sector—maybe a government contractor—really knows how to treat a person like you? Not like a cheap, faceless bureaucrat but as a human being with skills, talent and feelings.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

Study will examine OPM-GSA merger

There's still no information yet on how the congressionally mandated NAPA study will be conducted.

No family leave for feds at TSA, FAA

Most of the federal government’s employees are slated to benefit from the newly announced 12 weeks of family leave.

Army discredits texts announcing new draft

The Army’s recruiting unit pushed back against a wave of an unknown number of faked official texts announcing a renewed draft in the wake of the Iran crisis.

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