Monday, February 19, 2018

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence survived the Civil War hidden behind wallpaper

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence survived the Civil War hidden behind wallpaper

Article Snip: "...It was a rare parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence, made in Washington in the 1820s for founding father James Madison, and apparently unknown to the public for more than a century. Now, the copy, one of 51 that scholars are aware of, has resurfaced via its purchase last month by billionaire philanthropist David ..."


Article Resource: www.chicagotribune.com

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Trump says the Postal Service is 'dumber and poorer,' but he and Congress deserve the blame

Trump says the Postal Service is 'dumber and poorer,' but he and Congress deserve the blame

Article Snip: "...As for the Amazon deal, an analysis by Citigroup, claiming that the USPS was being shortchanged by an average of $1.46 per Amazon parcel, made a big splash last year, especially after it was trumpeted in the Wall Street Journal by a FedEx shareholder, who plainly thought FedEx was getting rooked. But Amazon responded that it wasn’t getting a special deal, and the basis for Citigroup’s estimate has remained murky ..."


Article Resource: http://www.latimes.com

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says 2016 Democratic primary was rigged

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says 2016 Democratic primary was rigged

Article Snip: "...Leaked emails from a Russian hack of a DNC server, made public by WikiLeaks in July 2016, suggested top Democratic officials, including ousted DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders. Brazile also suggested that Clinton’s campaign was helping to finance the committee, which was facing large amounts of debt. When asked by PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff whether she thought the election was rigged, Warren said: “I think it was ..."


Article Resource: www.pbs.org

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Health insurance companies continue to get rich while your pay increase vanishes

Federal employee health insurance premiums to rise by 6.1 percent

Article Snip: "...enrollees covered by a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan will pay $7.17 more per biweekly pay period next year than last year for self-only coverage; $17.04 more for self plus one other person and $17.72 for self and family ...For enrollees with other health insurance companies, their premiums in those categories will increase by an average of $5.57, $12.55 and $12.17..."


Article Resource: www.washingtonpost.com

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting for that $40K buyout?

Waiting for that $40K buyout?

Article Snip: "...Congress authorized the $40,000 Defense-only buyouts last year good through Sept. 30, 2018. The House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act extends the Defense-only buyouts through Sept. 30, 2021. Retirement-eligible feds in other agencies are hoping history will repeat itself and they too will be eligible for the higher voluntary separation incentive payments. The good news is that the $40K version is out there for DoD employees. The not-so-good news is that nobody seems to have heard of any buyouts ..."


Article Resource: federalnewsradio.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

COLA for retirees bouncing around

COLA for retirees bouncing around

Article Snip: "...The actual amount of the 2018 COLA will be based on the average of the indices of July, August, and September, in comparison with the previous year’s third quarter average. The final number won’t be known until mid-October. Any COLA increase is a plus because retirees (as well as most federal workers) can expect their 2018 health insurance premiums to go up. This year, the average premium increase was about 4.4 percent ..."


Article Resource: federalnewsradio.com

Friday, July 28, 2017

To Fund Tax Cuts for the Rich, Politicians Propose to Slash Pensions and Eliminate Pensions

To Fund Tax Cuts for the Rich, Politicians Propose to Slash Pensions and Eliminate Pensions

Article Snip: "...Politicians are reaching into the pockets of public servants, including law enforcement officers, to help fund tax cuts for the wealthiest of all Americans. The House Budget Committee July 19 approved the 2018 budget plan and sent the bill to the full House with three proposed cuts to federal employees’ pensions ..."


Article Resource: www.afge.org

Thursday, June 29, 2017

More than 1,200 positions targeted for early retirement, buyouts at EPA

More than 1,200 positions targeted for early retirement, buyouts at EPA

Article Snip: "...EPA is setting aside $12 million to help cover early buyouts and early retirements, but union officials said the problem is that the maximum amount of money an employee can get from voluntary early retirement or voluntary incentive payouts is $25,000. “People who are right at the point of retiring are going to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to wait a little bit for this buyout and get a $25,000 check on my way out anyway,’” said John O’Grady, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, which specifically represents EPA employees. “It may encourage some to retire a bit early, but $25,000 after taxes doesn’t go very far unless you’re really at the point of retiring ..."


Article Resource: federalnewsradio.com

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trump seeks to privatize air traffic control system

In infrastructure push, Trump seeks to privatize air traffic control system

Article Snip: "...plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system...Trump "is NOT proposing money for infrastructure. It's tax cuts for financiers, privatizing public property. Not infrastructure..."


Article Resource: www.usatoday.com

Monday, May 8, 2017

Electing Survivor Benefits if You Marry after Retiring

Electing Survivor Benefits if You Marry after Retiring

Article Snip: "...Under the Federal Employees Retirement System, you can elect either a full survivor benefit (50 percent of your unreduced annual basic benefit), or a partial survivor benefit (25 percent). The cost will be a reduction of 10 percent of your basic annuity for the former and 5 percent for the latter. In addition, under either system there will be a permanent actuarial reduction..."


Article Resource: www.fedweek.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

President Trump Assures Americans He will Protect the Second Amendment


Trump returns to the NRA, which backed him early and often in 2016

 the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Bill of Rights
Article Snip: "...Trump, the first sitting president to address the NRA since Ronald Reagan did so, pledged during the campaign to “save our Second Amendment” and nominate judges who would support expansive gun rights..."

Article Resource: www.washingtonpost.com

Friday, April 7, 2017

Finding the Best Places for Federal Employees to Retire


Finding the Best Places for Federal Employees to Retire

Best Places for Feds to Retire
Article Snip: "... As retirement age nears, you need to start considering where you’ll be moving. As a federal government employee, you need to ensure that the area you choose fits the bill in terms of pension taxes, Social Security taxes, plus the regular list of must-have options that might include warm weather, active 55+ communities, and the like..."

Article Resource: www.fedsmith.com

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee

Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee

Article Snip: "...Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of President Trump, is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband, Jared Kushner, in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House..."


Article Resource: www.nytimes.com

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

FERS retiree annuity supplement

FERS retiree annuity supplement

Article Snip: "... Chapter 51 explains the rules regarding eligibility for and computation of the retiree annuity supplement under FERS. The retiree annuity supplement is a benefit paid until age 62 to certain FERS employees who retire before age 62 and who are entitled to an immediate annuity. The supplement approximates the value of FERS service in a Social Security benefit. The general purpose of the supplement is to provide a level of income before age 62 similar to what the retiree will receive at age 62 as part of a Social Security benefit, if eligible for Social Security at that age..."


Article Resource: www.opm.gov

Shots Fired at Capitol as Driver Tries to Run Down Officers

Shots Fired at Capitol as Driver Tries to Run Down Officers

Article Snip: "...In a news conference shortly after the episode, a United States Capitol Police spokeswoman said a woman (Eva Malecki) had been taken into custody and no one was hurt. But the incident sowed confusion across Capitol Hill ..."


Article Resource: www.nytimes.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Think you and Donald Trump are safe when it comes to wiretapping or whatever the Dems want to title it as?

WikiLeaks releases new CIA documents describing Mac exploits


Article Snip: "...WikiLeaks just shared a few new documents as part of the CIA Vault 7 data dump. These documents describe hacking methods allegedly used by the agency to access Apple devices and upload data. Most of today’s exploits are related to the Mac platform. It’s interesting to see the CIA’s old hacking techniques. It’s unclear if some of them still work today..."


Article Resource: techcrunch.com

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence survived the Civil War hidden behind wallpaper

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence survived the Civil War hidden behind wallpaper Article Snip: "...It was a rare parchme...