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5 Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself After the Massive OPM Data Breach

June 5, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management is sending notices next week to the 4 million current and former federal employees whose personal data was compromised in a massive hacking incident discovered in April. The agency will offer free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to those affected, but here are...

New Army Camo, LGBT Guidance, Troop Pay Raise and More

June 3, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a $578.6 billion 2016 defense appropriations bill, which would give troops a 2.3 percent pay raise instead of the 1.3 percent requested by President Obama. The pay hike would apply to all 1.3 million active duty personnel as well as 819,200 Guard and...

Phased Retirement’s Slow Rollout, Medical Pot for Vets and More

May 27, 2015 The good news is that finally, one agency has begun the long-anticipated implementation of phased retirement, the program that allows some feds to ease into their post-employment lives by continuing to work part time, enabling their agencies to retain vital institutional knowledge. The bad news for most feds is that...

Doubling of Paid Maternity Leave, Overtime Pay Fix, Hiring Preference for Gold Star Fathers and More

May 13, 2015 Navy moms and moms-to-be may get a belated Mother’s Day present: a doubling of their current paid maternity leave, and extended daycare hours. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Wednesday announced that the service will propose legislation to increase paid maternity leave from six to 12 weeks next year. The Navy...

The Case for Cutting Defense Civilians, Improving Care for Female Vets and More

April 29, 2015 Thirty-eight defense experts from across the political spectrum sent Congressional leaders and Defense Secretary Ash Carter a letter Wednesday urging reductions in civilian personnel, changes to military health benefits and more base closures. Citing “growing imbalances with the defense budget that threaten the health and viability of America’s military power,”...

Military Kids and Vaccines; Untangling Parental Leave Policies and More

April 22, 2015 Children of service members are less likely to be vaccinated against preventable childhood diseases than other children, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The authors found that despite universal medical coverage of vaccines through the Military Health System, 28 percent of military dependents up to age...

Presidential Contenders on Federal Benefits, Military Members on Proposed Retirement Reforms, and More

April 15, 2015 This week several 2016 presidential contenders have officially launched their campaigns, and they have vastly different views of the federal workforce and the federal government’s role in solving major challenges facing the country. The bottom line: Democratic contender Hillary Clinton is the most fed-friendly. Clinton made clear her respect for...

Shots Fired and 1 Killed After Vehicle Rams Gate at NSA Headquarters

March 30, 2015 One person was killed Monday morning and another injured after a vehicle tried to ram into a gate at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md., according to news reports. Details of the incident are still unfolding, but NSA police shot at two men in the vehicle, and one...

Budget Hawks Target TSP, Scammers Target TRICARE and More

March 25, 2015 House Republicans have a lot of ideas about how to save taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately for federal employees, a number of those ideas would come at their expense in the form of retirement and health benefits. As Eric Katz reported earlier this week, a House Budget Committee report suggests increasing federal...

Retirement Savings Reassurance, Financial Fears, Vets’ Health Care Changes and More

March 18, 2015 The federal government officially reached its debt limit on Monday, and that means the Treasury Department had to suspend the daily reinvestment of the government securities (G) fund in the Thrift Savings Plan as part of “extraordinary measures” to avoid a default. That might sound scary to TSP investors, but...