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Firefighters bill advances

Legislation to shore up workers comp for federal firefighters, easing claims for a number of conditions often brought about by their demanding and dangerous work, passed in the House of Representatives.

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A place like Heaven

Just as OPM releases its annual survey results of federal employee opinions about their employing agencies, our columnist and raconteur of workplace lore Mike Causey remembers ruefully some office antics when he had to fill in the same kind of blanks.

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Expert: Employers, government face airborne COVID dangers

With feds returning to offices, Nathan Abse interviews William P. Bahnfleth, Penn State University engineer and government advisor on how to beat back the threat of COVID in the workplace.

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FEVS: Feds less engaged

The results of the annual survey of federal employees and their take on work and employing agencies was just released—registering another slight drop in engagement.

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Feds like telework, but OPM balks

Unions and the feds they represent are pressing for continued maximum telework.

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Workers Memorial Day marked

The annual commemoration of workers who lost their lives on the job brought numerous events around the country—and a display of pride and hope in the work of OSHA and other federal regulators who prevent such tragedies.

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View the April 18, 2022 issue as a PDF

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The 'right time' to invest ...

Columnist Mike Causey speculates on how the late great comedian Groucho Marx would invest for the 21st century—but quickly gets serious, sharing with us the fund picks of today's, and tomorrow's, TSP millionaires.

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Sexual misconduct in the federal workplace: One expert’s view ...

Nathan Abse interviews a specialist on workplace law, Michael H. Leroy of the University of Illinois College of Law, about the long—and sometimes seemingly impossible—struggle to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Student loans: Relief for public employees

There's light at the end of the tunnel for feds and other public-sector workers with student loan relief.

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Ban TSP investment in China-based firms?

With the aim of keeping federal retiree savings out of "China-based" companies, a group of GOP lawmakers is pressing nominees to the board that controls the Thrift Savings Plan to pledge, in advance of confirmation, to do just that.

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Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of April 18, 2022.

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Retirement funds: Beware the fees!

Federal beat columnist Mike Causey explores some of the hidden costs of the latest, and at times over-hyped, TSP offerings—and remembers a favorite uncle's advice along the way.

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View the April 4, 2022 issue as a PDF

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TSP: Through volatile times, stay the course

The temptation in times like these of volatile events and markets is to move most of your retirement funds into the very safest investments. But, feds beware, as experts say you shouldn't try to "time the market" in that way—in the long haul it could cost you.

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Public admin.: How will this crisis transform agencies?

Nathan Abse interviews Prof. James Perry, Indiana University distinguished professor of public administration, on comparing the current crisis around the war in Ukraine with rapid civil service transformations during the Cold War ...

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Unions: Steep inflation warrants higher raise

The White House is proposing a 4.6% pay bump for FY 2023. Fed employee unions, citing steeper inflation and the many effectively raise-less years in the past decade, have their sights set on more—5.1%.

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Paid leave time to vote

The administration is pressing on with plans to provide feds with paid time off to vote and do non-partisan poll work.

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USPS nominees: Shakeup ahead?

Nominees for the panel that governs USPS means a likely big shift lies ahead.

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