Monday, September 10, 2018

How Social Security Defines Disability

How Social Security Defines Disability

Article Snip: "...The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it is for other programs. We do not pay benefits for partial or short-term disability. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if: ..."


Article Resource: theworldlink.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Pay raise, FERS surgery, what’s next?

Pay raise, FERS surgery, what’s next?

Article Snip: "...For the past several years government workers and retirees have been riveted to fast-changing proposals that would make the FERS retirement program much more expensive for current and future workers, and less valuable to retirees ..."


Article Resource: federalnewsradio.com

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Destruction of the Working Class: House GOP Group Envisions Massive Changes to Civil Service in Budget Proposal

House GOP Group Envisions Massive Changes to Civil Service in Budget Proposal

Article Snip: "...White House plans to reduce retirement benefits for feds, including increasing employee contributions to the Federal Employees Retirement System pension by 1 percentage point per year over five years, eliminating cost of living adjustments for FERS employees, and reducing COLAs for employees in the Civil Service Retirement System. It also included plans to base pension benefits on the highest five years of an employee’s salary, instead of the current high three, and it would eliminate the FERS supplement for federal employees who retire before Social Security kicks in at age 62..."


Article Resource: www.govexec.com

Friday, April 20, 2018

Bush-bashing professor has Fresno State scrambling to keep its donors

Bush-bashing professor has Fresno State scrambling to keep its donors

Article Snip: "...Randa Jarrar, 'Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F*** outta here with your nice words,” the professor tweeted. “I'm happy the witch is dead. Can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million Iraqis have,' ..."


Article Resource: www.foxnews.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Administration considering major changes to security clearance program

Trump administration considering major changes to security clearance program

Article Snip: "...administration may move the vast majority of the governmentwide security program from the Office of Personnel Management and National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) back to the Pentagon ..."


Article Resource: federalnewsradio.com

Thursday, March 1, 2018

How much tax to withhold? New calculator to help figure it

How much tax to withhold? New calculator to help figure it

Article Snip: "...The calculator asks taxpayers to estimate their 2018 income and other items that affect their taxes, such as filing status and number of dependents. The changes reflect the massive Republican tax plan signed into law in December. Experts advise checking the calculator to ensure people have the correct number of withholdings and updating W-4 forms filed with employers ..."


Article Resource: www.usatoday.com

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

How Social Security Defines Disability

How Social Security Defines Disability Article Snip: "...The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it...