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Archive: General News

12Apr

2019

You may have recently come across news stating that President Trump is looking to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). While on the surface this may seem like an apocalyptic scenario for federal employees, the history surrounding the agency may shed some light on the reason for the Trump Administration’s policy proposition.   Since…

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21Jan

2019

Monday, January 21, 2019, marks the day that the shutdown has dragged on past the 30-day mark. This means agencies must send a 2nd furlough notice to non-excepted employees. “After the first 30 days in a furlough status, agencies are required to deliver a 2nd furlough notice to currently furloughed employees,” the Office of Personnel…

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18Jan

2019

The partial government shutdown has lasted almost 30 days now and let’s be honest, it is a difficult time to be a federal employee. Whether you’re being forced to work without pay, or on furlough with no pay, it’s a tough time. Seemingly every day there is a new story regarding federal employees—unions suing the…

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17Jan

2019

It’s not just federal agencies and employees who are feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown. Small business owners are as well. That’s because agencies like the Small Business Administration and Internal Revenue Service are not providing information or services. Here is a look at what is and isn’t available for businesses: SBA Loans…

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15Jan

2019

The Department of Agriculture has come up with a plan and budget to ensure Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits continue to pay out through February. “President Donald Trump directed the Office of Management and Budget and USDA to determine a way to fully fund all the SNAP through the month of February, and we will…

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11Jan

2019

Hundreds of Food and Drug Administration inspectors are furloughed which means food inspections have been greatly reduced. The FDA oversees 80% of the food supply but has suspended all routine inspections of domestic food processing facilities. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is working on a plan to bring inspectors back as early as next week to…

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07Jan

2019

President Trump signed a new bill into law authorizing federal agencies that make a mistake in calculating military service deposits/pensions to pay the accrued interest on behalf of veteran federal employees. Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA) introduced the Correcting Miscalculation in Veterans’ Pensions Act (H.R. 4431). Veterans working at a federal agency are required to pay…

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04Jan

2019

Legislation recently introduced in the House would abolish several large federal agencies if passed. Introduced by Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), the Sunset Inefficient and Unaccountable Government Act (H.R. 7334) would abolish the agencies, “unless a Federal law disapproving of the abolishment of the agency is enacted…” The agencies up for elimination are the Departments of:…

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03Jan

2019

With the government shutdown going on 2 weeks, furloughed federal employees may not start the year off with a paycheck. While it’s likely furloughed employees will receive back pay, many wonder if they can file for unemployment benefits. Furloughed federal employees can file for unemployment benefits during a government shutdown. The Office of Personnel Management…

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28Dec

2018

If the shutdown extends into January, many furloughed Internal Revenue Service workers may have to come to work without pay, according to the National Treasury Employees Union. “Employees have already been spread thin due to a lack of resources. A shutdown on top of this is demoralizing. Employees are concerned about the approaching tax filing…

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