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17Aug

2017

When you begin work in the federal government under the Federal Employees Retirement System, your agency automatically sets up a Thrift Savings Plan. Each pay period, they deposit an amount that is equal to one percent of your basic pay…

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16Aug

2017

The Senate unanimously approved a bill that aims at increasing oversight of federal employees’ use of government travel and purchase cards. The Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act would task the General Services…

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15Aug

2017

No federal employee ever thinks (or hopes) they’ll need to file for federal disability retirement. This process is often long and confusing. There are many rules and deadlines you must follow. Below are some “do’s and don’ts” to keep in…

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14Aug

2017

As we continue to look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation this month, the next series of posts will look at the branches of the FBI. Some of these branches are larger than the others, but all work together to…

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11Aug

2017

More members of Congress are coming forward and voicing their concerns about the recent FY2018 budget proposals. In these proposals are significant changes to the federal retirement system for current and future employees and retirees. Ten House Republicans have appealed…

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10Aug

2017

Along with major reforms the House proposed in its budget, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) has also released their budget. The group is a caucus of conservatives in the House of Representatives. They have proposed the most conservative budget of…

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09Aug

2017

House Republicans have issued their budget proposal for FY2018, and it includes a $5 billion cut at nondefense agencies and a total of $1.3 trillion in reductions in domestic spending over the next 10 years. Further, by FY2027, nondefense agencies…

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08Aug

2017

Creation The Department of Justice was created in 1870 to enforce federal law and coordinate judicial policy. However, there were no permanent investigators on staff. Initially, they hired private detectives when there were federal crimes to investigate and later rented…

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04Aug

2017

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN) recently introduced the Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act. This would make federal workers “at-will” employees. It allows federal employees to be removed or suspended “without notice or right to appeal from service by the head…

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03Aug

2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs has started posting all major disciplinary actions taken against employees. They think this will send a message about the new culture in the agency. Something like this has never occurred before in the federal government….

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