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Q&A for federal workers: New TSP investment, withdrawal options

Q: When is the TSP going to give us more investment choices? A: The Thrift Savings Plan, the 401(k)-style program for federal employees, offers five funds that reflect stock and bond markets. One of those, tracking international stocks, will be broadened in 2019 to include emerging markets and Canada. The TSP also offers “lifecycle” funds […]

VA fires more than 500 feds under Trump, even before new accountability law

The agency that has been the main target of efforts to fire feds faster dismissed more than 500 employees this year — even before a new accountability law took effect. Since the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shamed itself in 2014 with a scandal over the coverup of long patient wait times, Capitol Hill politicians […]

Federal employee civil service protections outdated? The experts speak.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is a game-changer for the federal workforce and a reason to worry about the future of due process for federal employees. At the legislation’s recent White House signing ceremony, President Trump put the government’s workforce in general on notice when he said “outdated laws kept the […]

Many veterans would suffer under Republican health-care plan

As Republicans strive mightily — and perversely — for a health-care system that would increase the uninsured by 22 million people, they should ponder the impact on a particularly deserving group — veterans. It’s not unexpected that heartless GOP plans would be hard on the vulnerable, but do they realize that includes many who continue […]

Powerful chairman of federal workforce committee leaves Congress on Friday

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will leave a legacy when he quits Congress at 10 a.m. Friday, but we might not have his mug to remind us. If incoming Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) does as Chaffetz did, portraits of past chairmen will not decorate the committee’s hearing […]

Q & A for federal workers: Early outs and buyouts

Question: I see that buyouts and early-out offers are happening again. How do I sign up? Answer: Only the Environmental Protection Agency has said it intends to offer those incentives, assuming it gets approval. But some other agencies — the Interior Department, for one — may follow. Early-out offers allow federal employees to retire sooner […]

Greater savings options for feds draw praise, while move to cut their retirement looms

For federal employees accustomed to elected leaders focused on firing feds faster and bashing their benefits, here’s a little something to cheer. Bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate would update the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a 401(k)-type program for federal employees, by allowing them greater flexibility in withdrawing their funds. This might not sound […]

Democrats hit feds’ long-term care issues and Trump’s planned retirement cuts

In November, fuming members of Congress demanded to know how the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would stabilize a long-term care program that shocked participants with price hikes of as much as 126 percent. Seven months later, they are still waiting for answers – but not patiently. It was at a House government operations subcommittee […]

New VA law sets stage for government-wide cut in civil-service protections

Veterans have been on the vanguard protecting the nation — waging war and securing the peace. Now those who assist them are on the forefront, serving as guinea pigs testing major changes in civil-service procedures that protect federal employees and taxpayers. Coupled with earlier revisions in the Defense Department layoff process, the new legislation portends […]

Law makes VA treat some family caregivers better than others

The last time Dennis Joyner walked, he was on patrol in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta on June 26, 1969. That’s when he tripped a 105-pound booby trap bomb. He lost both legs above the knees and his left arm below the elbow. “I have been confined to a one arm drive wheelchair for 48 years,” said […]

Special Counsel Lerner leaves office as Trump rejects highly praised whistleblower advocate

The defining moment for the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) after Carolyn Lerner became head of the agency was a gruesome one about body parts and a dismembered Marine. It’s not the usual fare for the office on M Street NW that deals with Hatch Act violations and prohibited personnel practices. But protecting whistleblowers is […]

Will VA chief be voice of reason on climate change and medical marijuana in Trump administration?

After Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin delivered his “State of VA” speech, his problem-plagued department was, unexpectedly, connected to two highly contentious political issues – climate change and medical marijuana. Shulkin...Show More Summary

Report finds sloppy handling of sexual misconduct cases in Justice Department

Everything wasn’t civil within the Civil Division of the Justice Department. For an agency filled with lawyers familiar with handling evidence and detailing investigations, the agency’s management of sexual harassment and misconduct cases was surprisingly sloppy, according to the department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). Show More Summary

VA in ‘critical condition, requires intensive care,’ but improving, says boss

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin likens the state of his department to a patient in bad, but improving, health. “Though we are taking immediate and decisive steps stabilizing the organization,” he said in remarks prepared for delivery at the White House Wednesday, “we are still in critical condition and require intensive care.” His “State […]

VA hospital or roach motel? Boss says agency aggressively responds to problems

Was it a hospital or a roach motel? A new report makes the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) hospital in Hines, Ill. sound like it was a place where the bugs were well fed, much to the disgust of patients who didn’t want to eat after creepy critters. The VA Office of Inspector General report […]

Will Trump’s budget cut mail delivery? Plan revives contentious question.

President Trump, with his well-crafted disrupter reputation, potentially could disrupt one self-funding service Americans directly use almost every day — mail delivery. In the fiscal 2018 budget plan the Trump administration released this week, he reopened the divisive issue of cutting Saturday mail service. Show More Summary

Veteran GOP official on personnel policies named to head OPM

President Trump has nominated George Nesterczuk, who has been involved in federal personnel policies from the Republican side in a variety of roles for more than three decades, to become director of the Office of Personnel Management. Nesterczuk, currently head of the Nesterczuk and Associates management consulting firm, was a senior adviser at OPM during […]

Trump’s budget shows feds little love despite pay hike

Perhaps only the heartlessness the president’s budget demonstrates for the poor, the hungry and the sick exceeds the billionaire’s absence of empathy for the federal employees who serve them. The damage President Trump’s fiscal 2018 spending plan would do to what’s left of services for those in need is well chronicled elsewhere. Here we examine […]

Trump, Hill Republicans target ‘overly generous compensation’ for feds

With President Trump targeting federal employees’ retirement programs and House Republicans taking aim at their compensation generally, Uncle Sam’s goal of being a model employer looks shaky. The administration’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal,...Show More Summary

Trump’s budget calls for hits on federal employee retirement programs

The budget proposal President Trump plans to unveil Tuesday would give to federal employees with one hand, while taking away with five others. It calls for a 1.9 percent pay raise in January for civilian workers and a 2.1 percent hike for the military. But in real terms, the civilian increase would be less than […]

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