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Health Care Scam, Scholarships, Flu Shots and More

October 22, 2014 It’s that time of year. Americans lose 17 million workdays to the flu annually; the Office of Personnel Management doesn’t want you to be one of them. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta sent a memo to agency heads earlier this month urging all feds to get a flu shot. Many agencies ...

Buyout Watch: Air Force and TSA Join the List

July 15, 2014 After a brief lull, more federal agencies are starting to offer buyouts or early retirements again as a means of cutting costs. Activity is likely to pick up even more as the temporary reprieve from sequestration draws to a close. We will once again keep a running list of the ...

Back to Work! Federal Employees To Return Thursday Morning

October 16, 2013 President Obama late Wednesday was expected to sign into law a bill that reopens the federal government and suspends the debt limit until February 2014. The legislation – which passed the Senate 81-18 and the House 285-144 – would fund the government through Jan. 15, and suspend the debt limit ...

Federal Employees Are Headed Back to Work Thursday

October 16, 2013 President Obama early Thursday signed into law a bill that reopens the federal government and suspends the debt limit until February 2014. The legislation – which passed the Senate 81-18 and the House 285-144 – would fund the government through Jan. 15, and suspend the debt limit through Feb. 7. ...

How Long Has the Government Been Closed?

October 1, 2013 The federal government has shut down and non-excepted employees have begun unpaid furloughs until Congress passes a stopgap spending measure to keep appropriations flowing.

Get Shutdown Updates Sent Right to Your Phone

September 30, 2013 Federal websites could go dark if the government shuts down, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in the dark yourself. The prospect of a government shutdown raises a lot of questions for federal employees, contractors and citizens. Who is expected to report for work? Do you have to ...

Pentagon May Reduce Furlough Days

July 30, 2013 Defense Department officials are considering reducing the number of mandatory, unpaid leave days civilians must take through September, the Associated Press reported, citing unnamed officials. With few exceptions, Defense civilians have been scheduled to take one furlough day a week through the end of September, for a total of 11 ...

Fed Assistance Fund Flooded With Furlough Aid Requests

July 16, 2013 A nonprofit federal employee assistance fund is receiving loan requests from furloughed federal employees every hour, and anticipates even more in the next few weeks, its director told Federal News Radio. The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund disbursed $90,000 in June, and more than half of that was for ...

Who Is Subject to Defense Furloughs?

May 28, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has strived for a unified a departmentwide policy on civilian furloughs, even though individual services have argued for agency-specific guidance and exemptions. When Hagel earlier this month reduced the number of mandatory days of unpaid leave at his department, he said he came to his decision ...

It’s No Time to Furlough Weather Service Employees, Lawmaker Says

May 22, 2013 Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf already thought National Weather Service furloughs were a bad idea, and severe weather in Oklahoma has only made him more sure. "The tornadoes earlier this week underscore the life and safety mission that NWS employees perform,” Wolf said in his most recent letter to Rebecca ...