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By FEND Staff

NARFE endorses planned pay raise

By Nathan Abse

A bill that would fund a much-ballyhooed 3.1 percent pay raise for feds next year is moving along in Congress—and the federal employee advocacy group National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees is celebrating the move—and pushing to make sure it passes in the end.

Some agencies not complying with OPM’s telework guidance for D.C.-area rail project

By FEND Staff

Despite the Office of Personnel Management’s efforts to encourage telework for federal employees affected by an upcoming project on the Washington, D.C. Metrorail system, some agencies have been reluctant to grant such flexibility.

About last night...

By Mike Causey

When computers were first introduced into the workplace, they were mainly in-house email channels and word-processors. They didn’t have all the bells, whistles and apps we take for granted today. At least that’s the way I remembered it back when I was a very young reporter with The Washington Post. But the simplicity of the old Raytheon terminals, which looked like ancient TV-with-tubes sets, taught me a good lesson.

Federal Benefits Q&A

By FEND Staff

Question: I was fired from TSA about six or seven years ago. I worked for TSA for 10 years before being fired. I took all my TSP money out due to needing it. My question is, since I worked for TSA for over five years, will I still get a pension? I believe after five years you are vested.

From D.C. to K.C.? Plan to move USDA expertise to Midwest sparks union resistance, leadership determination

By Nathan Abse

Nathan Abse recently caught up with University of Georgia law professor and food safety expert Timothy D. Lytton. Lytton—author of “Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Struggle for Food Safety”—discusses the USDA’s plan to move over 600 employees from two key D.C.-area offices to the Midwest—specifically, to the Kansas City area.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of June 19, 2019.

OPMs Weichert threatens layoffs

By FEND Staff

If Congress fails to approve the controversial planned merger of the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration, more than 100 employees could be furloughed or laid off.

Agencies spending more on temp workers

By FEND Staff

Federal government spending on temporary employees has more than quadrupled in the last decade, with health care professions seeing the largest share of the increase, according to a new report.

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