Driverless USPS Delivery?

Will we see a day when nobody (or, more accurately, no body) is behind the wheel of a United States Postal Service delivery truck? It may not be as far-fetched as you think. In a recent blog post, the United States Postal Service Inspector General’s office speculated on the future of driverless vehicles and whether […]

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Federal Workers Will Get Letter Notifying Them of Data Hack

  Federal workers whose identities were stolen in a massive data breach will soon receive an official notice in the mail informing them of what was stolen and what steps they can take to protect their identity. According to a blog posted on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s website, OPM has already begun sending […]

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Keep Your Hands Off the Thrift Savings Plan, Group Warns

Don’t raid the TSP to save the federal government’s budget woes. That’s the message to Congress delivered by the Employee Thrift Advisory Council, an organization composed of federal worker rights groups, unions, and uniformed services. The council advises the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the TSP’s administrator, and represents roughly 4.9 million TSP account holders […]

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Brookings Paper Calls For USPS Breakup

Is the United States Postal Service hampered by its constitutionally declared and much assumed mission to deliver mail to places near and far in the U.S., no matter what it takes or costs? According to a Brooking Institution (.pdf) white paper, that universal mandate must be reevaluated and the agency should no longer be under […]

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Bill Aims to Curtail Criminal Background Checks in Fed Workforce

A proposed law would revamp the federal workforce criminal background check system. Dubbed the Fair Chance Act, the proposal would ban the federal government, including federal contractors and federal agencies, from requesting or asking for the criminal history of some applicants until after the applicant receives a conditional offer for employment. “Empowering people with records […]

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OPM Revamping Fed Healthcare

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is revamping the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. According to a notice published in the Federal Register on September 17, federal workers will be able to select a “self plus one” healthcare plan. Currently, federal workers can only choose between two plans: individual and family. The “self plus one” […]

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Pension Contribution Hike is Unlikely, But It’s Still a Wait-and-See Game

Will you be forced to contribute more money to your federal government pension? As always, that’s up to Congress. A House budget bill earlier this year suggested federal workers should pay 6.6 percent of their salary to the Federal Employees Retirement System — the fund where all federal employee pension contributions is funneled into to […]

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Free Credit Protection Services for Workers Affected by Latest Hack

An influential Senate panel approved a key amendment that would help protect federal workers and contractors whose sensitive personal and financial data were poached by hackers, which could be used for malicious and fraudulent purposes. The Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment that will be folded into a massive government funding bill — the Financial […]

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OPM Moves to Ensure Fair Pay in Federal Workforce

Federal pay is under the microscope again — this time for whether agencies are offering fair salaries to workers. To try to make sure new workers are fairly paid, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently issued a memo advising agencies to avoid placing too much emphasis on a prospective worker’s past salary history […]

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2016 Federal Pay Raise Becoming More Likely

A 2016 pay raise for federal workers cleared another key hurdle recently. A powerful and influential Senate appropriations committee declined to insert any language addressing federal workers’ pay into a major government spending bill for next fiscal year. That means Senate lawmakers have taken a pass at denying President Obama’s stated intention to raise fed […]

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