5 federal government stories you should probably (almost definitely) read today

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I know there is a lot going on and you just want to close your eyes and open them when its all over. But you probably can’t, so you should just pick the good stuff and ignore the rest. So I have helpfully included for you some of the good stuff you should definitely read. Take it from me, a person who posts stories on the Internet! 1. Cuts to your pay and benefits might happen in 2015 If there is one thing lawmakers from both parties can agree on for next year, its that there will be many attempts…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned: Read his statement here

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To the men and women of the Department of Defense: I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as Secretary of Defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate. You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the President and I agreed that now was the right time for new leadership here at the Pentagon. I want you to know that I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together. We…

The petition to give feds the day after Christmas off has failed

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Well if you wanted to spend Dec. 26 relaxing at home or with family without having to use a vacation day then you are probably bitterly disappointed this chilly day in November. A petition asking President Obama to use his executive power to give feds the day after Christmas off failed to gain enough signatures to get a response from the administration. A petition needs to reach 100,000 signatures before the time limit in order to get a response. So how many did this petition get? Well, this reporter wasn’t up at midnight checking the website, but last time he…

Do you want the day after Christmas off? Well time is running out to sign that petition…

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You are looking at the calendar and see that Christmas falls on a Thursday, and were wondering why you even need to come to work that Friday. In all likelihood no one is going to be there. Well, there are tens of thousands of feds who are already asking that question via a petition on the White House’s “We the People” website. The petition asking President Obama to use his executive authority to give feds Dec. 26th off has hit more than 87,000 signatures, but the petition needs 100,000 signatures to get a response from the administration. So if you…

Letter to the editor: No end to unfair pay, retirement for federal firefighters

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Hello everyone. What follows below is a letter to the editor discussing federal firefighter pay and retirement. Under the current system, federal firefighters work 53 hours a week to earn the same as other federal workers in the grade scale system. In addition, firefighters work an additional 38 hours of overtime a pay period, which does not count toward retirement and with only a fraction more pay. The letter below spells out the reader’s concerns in full, and feel free to add your thoughts, opinions or comments below. Dear Federal Times, I am a retired federal firefighter, and have been…

Who are the 13 winners of the annual Service to America medals? Read about them here

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(Thank you to the Partnership for Public Service for providing the bios and the information.) The recipients of the thirteenth annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are: William Bauman and Ann Spungen, Science and Environment Medal, Director and Associate Director, National Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, New York City Individuals living with spinal cord injuries suffer from associated medical problems involving blood pressure, breathing, bladder control, heart disease, temperature regulation and non-healing ulcers—health issues that were long overlooked by the medical profession.…

Everything you wanted to know about phased retirement in one place

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Phased retirement has been a long time coming, and now that the Office of Personnel Management has announced that it will begin accepting applications from agencies Nov. 6, people have a lot of questions. Some of you have been frustrated by a lack of information from you agencies. We put together a few Q and As based off your questions, and have added links to relevant stories so you can have everything in one place. For any additional questions about phased retirement, feel free to add them in the comments. Phased retirement Q and A No. 1 Phased retirement Q…

5 Federal Times stories you might have missed last week , but should probably get to

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We are all very busy people constantly strapped for time in an increasingly complex world. And all too often stuff falls through the cracks. But lucky for you I made a list of some of our stories from last week that you might want to read, just in case you didn’t get a chance to. 1. Years of budget cuts have pushed federal hiring to its lowest levels in almost 10 years, with nearly every agency seeing drastic drops in new employees. Which careers and agencies have seen the  biggest drops? Check out the story to see. http://www.federaltimes.com/interactive/article/20140724/MGMT03/307240012/Help-not-wanted-Budget-cuts-push-federal-hiring-10-year-low 2. After…

Some TSP funds doing way, way better than others

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Hello everyone! I just wanted to share with you the TSP returns for June, with their year to date and their 12 month views as well. As you can see, things are in the black again, but some funds are growing much faster than others. G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund Month 0.19% 0.14% 2.07% 4.45% 0.99% YTD 1.17% 4.37% 7.18% 6.21% 5.06% 12 Month 2.30% 5.00% 24.71% 26.95% 23.97% L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Month 0.58% 1.19% 1.52% 1.77% 1.96% YTD 2.46% 4.14% 4.91% 5.43% 5.89% 12 Month 6.74% 13.99%…

GSA turns 65 the only way possible – by talking about how much things have changed

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The General Services Administration is celebrating its 65th birthday by highlighting how much government work has changed over the decades. Ori Hoffer, social media strategist at GSA, said in a blog post that employees used to use manual typewriters and process contract bids by hand, but now use a wide array of technology to help shorten and simplify the process. The agency also has evolved from testing natural gas as a vehicle fuel to using electric and hybrid cars in its rental fleet. “While the people and the technology have changed, and the mission statement may be a bit different,…

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