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Postal Workers Increasingly Concerned the Agency Isn’t Protecting Them From Coronavirus

US Postal Service workers are urging the government to take more measures to protect them from the current coronavirus epidemic. They remain vulnerable and unprotected against the infection due to the lack of basic health supplies.
The USPS confirmed on Thursday that over 85 of its employees had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The number of cases nearly doubled in just 3 days. A New York City letter carrier, aged 50, also passed away after being infected by the virus. Although […]

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OMB Providing Contractor Guidance to Agencies

The Deputy Director of Management at the OMB, Margaret Weichert, met in a meeting on Friday with agency heads where she encouraged them to work together with contractors to increase telework access & provide greater flexibility in project deadlines. The guidance encourages the agencies to take advantage of special emergency procurement authorities.
The Professional Services Council this past week, wrote a letter to the OMB director Russell Vought in which they made a point for increasing telework opportunities for federal […]

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Commission Criticizes USAJOBS Listings As ‘Unintelligible’ in Report for Hiring Process Reforms

A shocking report from the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, recommends that the US overhaul its current hiring process. The proposed reforms include a new job listing website and revision of hiring authorities. The report came out on March 25 and has 164 recommendations that sought to improve overall participation levels in public, national, and military services.
The government is currently facing a workforce shortage crisis due to several reasons, including long job offer wait times, security […]

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A Potential Purge of Federal Government Employees Who Speak Against Trump Could Arrive Shortly

The White House Administration confirmed on Monday that it would be purging disloyal government employees from their positions.
After several reports came to light alleging that the Trump administration and its allies were creating lists containing the details of ‘disloyal’ government employees, Hogan Gidley, the official White House spokesman, stated that they were actively searching for government employees who were acting in a manner not in line with the President’s wishes and warned that strict action would be taken against […]

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What Really Happens When You Submit Your Retirement Paperwork

Many people wonder what really happens when you submit your retirement paperwork. Let’s take a look and briefly explain the procedures.
When your retirement paperwork is submitted to the Office of Personnel Management they will notify you when it is received and provide you a claim identification number. This number is seven digits in length and is preceded by the letters “CSA”. You must use this claim number when you contact OPM about your retirement annuity.
Specifically when OPM begins to […]

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The President of America’s Largest Federal Employee Union Steps Down Due to Sexual Harassment Charges

J. David Cox, the National President of the American Federation of Government Employees, had been accused of making unwanted advances and sexually harassing union employees repeatedly in 2019. He was forced to resign after new charges came against him this month.
He has been on leave ever since the Bloomberg Law wrote a list of allegations pending against him back in October. Working IDEAL has been engaged by the AFGE for independently investigating the workforce culture and claims against him […]

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Incentives For Retirees In Good Shape

If you’re looking to spend your retirement in good shape and health, there are a number of federal health plans that provide you incentives for remaining in good shape both before & after your retirement.
These incentives may be either cash or normal credit, which can be utilized for medical expenses. They may also be used for meeting insurance-related expenses like coinsurance, copayments, or deductibles.
In order to derive maximum benefits from these programs, we recommend that you start early. You […]

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Defense Secretary Esper Unsure On Starting New Collective Bargaining Rules

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Wednesday that he was still thinking about his next move that has to do with a recent Presidential order that wants to take away the union bargaining rights of military-civilian employees.
When questioned by lawmakers about its possible impact on the Pentagon’s civilian workers, he said that he had no play in this decision. In a recent memo, President Trump said that he would be giving the Defense Secretary the power to exempt […]

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Hike Rates from USPS

The US Postal System is likely to raise its rates as it seeks to implement a new system that ties price hikes to increases in costs. Regulators have issued a new proposal where the existing system is to be overhauled completely.
The Postal Regulatory Commission isn’t ready to relinquish the authority to fix the rates of the services offered by the US Postal System, something that the latter’s management has repeatedly requested.
This new proposal seeks to link the USPS’s price […]

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The TSP Ended With a BANG

The 401(k)-style retirement savings program of the federal government has completed 2019 with a bang as every fund increased in value this year. Except for a single portfolio, all the others saw net positive results in 2019.
The I Fund led the rally for the Thrift Savings Plan in December, which saw an increase of 3.24% during the month of December. The fund grew 22.47% in 2019 alone.
The F fund was the sole TSP portfolio, which ended December with a […]

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