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  • Union leader praises members for efforts that ended USPS, Staples deal

    “We have won the ‘Stop Staples’ fight,” a postal union leader said in a message to members this week, congratulating them on all efforts that ended a U.S. Postal Service initiative that placed USPS retail counters in Staples office supply stores.

  • Former Navy officer pleads guilty to bribery

    A retired Navy official has pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to defraud the United States government by overcharging the Navy for port services and using the proceeds to treat Navy officials to lavish dinners, cocktails and entertainment.

  • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

    Share prices as of Jan. 12, 2017.

  • Air Force: Prior pot use not disqualifier

    The Air Force on Jan. 9, announced new policies that loosen restrictions on recruits regarding tattoos and medical screenings that include marijuana use.

  • OPM reduces claims backlog

    The Office of Personnel Management last month reduced its retirement claims backlog.

  • OPM seeks cyber talent

    The federal government is hoping that a new website launched last week will help boost its cybersecurity workforce.

  • AFGE leader: Need to fight against punitive bills—and protect employee healthcare, pensions and other rights, in 2017

    This week, as another installment in our annual series of interviews with leaders at top federal employee organizations, FEND’s Nathan Abse speaks with American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox. Cox looks back at his union’s priorities from last year—and offers his organizations top priorities for 2017. As with his allies in other federal unions, Cox notes that federal employees and leaders perhaps face a moment of greater uncertainty than other presidential transitions in modern times.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: I am a FERS employee with plans to retire on January 7, 2017. At that point I will be 66 and have 30 years and nine months of service and 2,097 hours of sick leave. I am wondering if I should wait to take advantage of the COLA for 2017, or if I should retire when planned.

  • Chaffetz promises change

    With a Republican president in office, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says he can now focus on making meaningful changes to the federal workforce, starting with eliminating defined-benefit pensions for new federal employees and making it easier to fire employees accused of sexual misconduct.

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