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Union, Dept. of Education settle labor complaints

Dept. of Education and AFGE finally come to terms on a host of now abandoned Trump-era policies.

View the Nov. 7, 2022 issue as a PDF

Retirement and how to enjoy your post-career years: A research scientist’s perspective

Nathan Abse interviews UCLA professor and retirement expert Alan Castel—author of Better With Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging.

Voting leave improperly denied …

President Biden ordered that, if needed, feds will get leave time to vote or work the polls. But, on the ground, that's not how things have worked out.

Weather emergency leave botched

Ian thrashed Florida, and despite ample evidence of the need federal managers weren't quick to provide federal workers with leave that they legitimately requested.

Social Security employees rally for reformed policies, more staffing—and better pay

This major agency is underfunded and understaffed, according to employees and their labor organization.

View the Oct. 17, 2022 issue as a PDF

NARFE expert: How to improve FERS, CSRS, and Social Security

Nathan Abse interviews John Hatton, an expert on retirement and VP for Policy and Programs with the federal employee advocacy org National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)—focusing on the problem of inflation.

Reports: Trump-NARA conflict

Documents management was never a strong suit at the Trump White House, new reports show—while still others indicate that even after the FBI's Mar-a-Lago search and promises to the contrary, sensitive records that belong secured with NARA remain missing.

FEHBP: Premiums to increase 8.7%

Federal employee health insurance premiums will spike more than they have in a decade.

Mentoring program for federal women

Group seeks women who aspire to serve in executive federal jobs, and is offering a shot at a great scholarship to help toward that goal.

View the Oct. 3, 2022 issue as a PDF

Expert: Social Security needs more reform than just higher COLAs

Nathan Abse interviews Laurence Kotlikoff, an economist at Boston University and longtime expert on Social Security. Kotlikoff offers insight on several problems with the government-administered retirement program, and how to fix them.

Whistleblowers at nuclear plant recognized

A new documentary explores the dangerous stabilization work that followed an infamous 1979 nuclear plant accident—and the struggle among the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, contractors and a handful of whistleblowers who stopped matters from getting even worse.

Shutdown averted

Last week, Congress once again narrowly prevented a government shutdown and all the trouble these usually bring to the public, business—and federal employees.

Mike Causey

Remembering a favorite columnist—and longtime friend.

View the Sept. 19, 2022 issue as a PDF