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OPM puts small dent in claims backlog in September

The Office of Personnel Management last month put a small dent in its claims backlog after it reached a high in recent months.

Lawmakers introduce legislation to protect transgender servicemembers

House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would prohibit the Defense Department from involuntarily separating or denying reenlistment opportunities to transgender servicemembers.

OGE warns agency leaders about unethical behavior

The Office of Government Ethics is reminding agency leaders that they are responsible for the ethical culture within their organizations, a message that comes at a time when the Trump administration has been criticized for agency secretaries’ use of private jets.

Lawmaker questions SES reassignments at Interior Dept.

A ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is requesting an investigation into the reassignments of senior executives at the Interior Department.

Committee OKs hiring boost at CBP

A House committee has passed legislation that aims to strengthen border security by, in part, boosting and streamlining hiring at Customs and Border Protection.

Survey of federal executives finds leadership problems

A recent survey by Deloitte and the Senior Executives Association found that the federal government has issues with its leadership pipeline and needs to design leadership and development programs—among other initiatives—to address the matter.

House passes resolution calling for $32 billion cut to fed benefits

On Oct. 5, the House of Representatives passed a budget resolution that effectively orders $32 billion in cuts to federal retirement benefits.

Employees Need to Understand the Rules for Inherited IRAs - Part IV

In the fourth of four columns discussing the rules for “inherited” IRAs, this week’s column discusses the rules for naming trusts as IRA beneficiaries. Specific IRS requirements for naming a trust as an IRA beneficiary is presented. Two potential IRS traps associated with naming trusts as IRA beneficiaries are also presented together with some suggestions to avoid these traps.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of Oct. 11, 2017.

The TSP yoyo

For many federal investors October is the scariest time. Some say it is akin to walking through a financial mine field full of booby traps waiting to happen. October is when the Great Depression started in 1929. The tenth month of 1987 was when the bottom fell out again giving us the Great Recession, which was unmatched until 2007, October naturally, when the most recent Great Recession happened and the country almost went under.

SEA chief speaks out on leadership problems among ranks of fed executives

A recent survey and report by the Senior Executives Association and Deloitte examined known problems in the system executives and employees work under; This week, Nathan Abse talks with SEA President Bill Valdez about the survey’s troubling findings—and about possible ways forward.

Dems stop short of threatening a shutdown over ACA cuts

Some Democrats have put the threat of a government shutdown back on the table over issues with President Trump’s recent action with the Affordable Care Act funding.

Fed retirees get 2 percent COLA in 2018

Federal retirees will get a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2018, which is in accordance with the latest consumer price data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

VA could undergo BRAC process

Lawmakers are urging the Veterans Affairs Department to go through a process of closures of underutilized medical buildings similar to that of base realignment and closures that occur at the Defense Department.

Survey: Federal employee engagement highest in 6 years

Federal employee engagement has reached its highest level in six years, and most employees have a positive perspective of their workplaces, according to the results of the Office of Personnel Management’s annual viewpoint survey.

OGE warns agency leaders about unethical behavior

The Office of Government Ethics is reminding agency leaders that they are responsible for the ethical culture within their organizations, a message that comes at a time when the Trump administration has been criticized for agency secretaries’ use of private jets.

Senate panel advances security clearance backlog bill

A bill that aims to reduce the federal government security clearance backlog has advanced to the full Senate with a few additional provisions aimed at standardizing the background check process.

D.C.-area commission reviews federal parking policies

After more than a decade, the National Capital Planning Commission is reviewing its federal parking policies, which will likely have an impact on federal workers in the Washington, D.C., region.

Committee OKs hiring boost at CBP

A House committee has passed legislation that aims to strengthen border security by, in part, boosting and streamlining hiring at Customs and Border Protection.

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