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Friday, January 13, 2017

Chaffetz committee plans broad agenda affecting federal workers

Chaffetz committee plans broad agenda affecting federal workers

Snippet of Article: "...Chaffetz wants retirement plans for new federal employees to move away from pensions, or “defined benefit” programs that rely on employer contributions, and lean more on employee funding through a system in which the government would make a “defined contribution.” Uncle Sam could even chip in more than he does to the 401 (k)-like personal investment program for federal staffers..."
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, New federal retirement plan idea, 401 (k)-like personal investment program,

Monday, January 2, 2017

Obama authorizes larger raise for federal employees

Obama authorizes larger raise for federal employees

Snippet of Article: "...authorized an average pay raise for 2017 of 2.1 percent, instead of the 1.6 percent he submitted in August. “However, in light of the decision of Congress to provide a 2.1 percent pay increase for military personnel in 2017 and reconsideration of current and projected economic conditions, I have concluded it would be appropriate to revise my original alternative plan for locality payments..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Computer outage disrupts customs at US airports

Computer outage disrupts customs at US airports

Snippet of Article: "...US Customs and Border Protection experienced a temporary outage with its processing systems at various airports, spokesman Daniel Hetlage said. The outage lasted from 5 p.m. ET to 9 p.m..."
Source: www.cnn.com

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Computer outage.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Postal Workers NPMHU Tentative Contract


Snippet of Article: "...In today’s dollars, a 1% increase in health care contributions is equivalent to an increase of approximately $70 per year for self-only coverage and between $100 and $160 per year for family coverage, depending on the particular health plan selected. These amounts automatically are paid with pre-tax dollars, so the actual out-of-pocket cost to each Mail Handler should be less by the percentage of income taxes usually paid..."

Source: npmhu317.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2017 Federal Pay Raise: An Alternative Pay Plan?

Alternative Pay Plan Submitted for Federal Employees in 2017: 1.6% Average Raise

Snippet of Article: "...How much of a pay raise will federal employees receive in 2017? As expected, President Obama has just issued an “alternative pay plan” that resolves the matter by issuing an alternative pay plan to Congress. The alternative pay plan is published in its entirety..."

Source: www.fedsmith.com

alternative pay plan (2017), 2017 Federal Pay Raise,

Monday, November 28, 2016

Free North Pole Postmark Image for Your Christmas Craft Projects

Article Title: Free North Pole Postmark Image for Your Christmas Craft Projects
Snippet of Article: "...This is a great image of the postmark to use for your holiday craft projects. Feel free to use our image of the North Pole Postmark by downloading the image. Feel free to use the postmark image on your websites as long as you link to our main postmark image site at: North Pole Postmark, giving credit. We offer our official looking, customized and free North Pole Postmark..."

Source: rocket-city.us
[tag] Federal Employee News, North Pole Postmark, Free North Pole Postmark, [/tag]

Friday, November 18, 2016

Team Trump: 10 things to know about Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general

10 things to know about Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general

Sen. Jeff Sessions
Snippet of Article: "...After Sessions became one of the first members of Congress to endorse Trump this February, he became an adviser on almost every major decision and policy proposal Trump made during the campaign:

–A top Sessions aide helped Trump communicate his immigration policy

–Sessions chaired Trump national security advisory committee

–Sessions advised Trump on who to choose for vice president. (Sessions was also in the running himself for the No. 2 job.)..."
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, Team Trump

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Promises of President-Elect Donald Trump, in His Own Words

The Promises of President-Elect Donald Trump, in His Own Words

President (Elect) Donald Trump
Snippet of Article: "...'I am proposing an across-the-board income tax reduction, especially for middle-income Americans.' —Aug. 8, 2016...'I will renegotiate with Iran—right after I enable the immediate release of our American prisoners and ask Congress to impose new sanctions that stop Iran from having the ability to sponsor terrorism around the world. In fact, if I am elected, I am sure the prisoners will be released before my taking office.' —Sept. 8, 2015...'We are going to triple the number of ICE deportation officers.” —Aug. 31, 2016'..."
Source: www.bloomberg.com

Trump Legacy, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), Taxes for Middle Class,

California seeking exemptions from the Buy American Act

Not made in America? California bullet train officials seek exemption to buy foreign parts

Snippet of Article: "...The Federal Railroad Administration disclosed last week that the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority was seeking exemptions from the Buy American Act on more than a dozen critical train parts — including motors, gearboxes, axles, wheels, brakes, derailment mitigation devices, undercarriages and even the entire aluminum car body shells..."

Source: www.latimes.com

Buy American Act

Monday, November 7, 2016

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as Attorney General, has died

Janet Reno Cause of Death: How Did the Former Attorney General Die?

Snippet of Article: "...Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as Attorney General, has died at the age of 78. Why did she die? Her cause of death was from complications due to Parkinson’s disease, ABC News reported. She died on Monday, her goddaughter, Gabrielle D’Alemberte announced. She spent her last days at home with family and friends..."

Source: heavy.com

Janet Reno, First Female Attorney General,

Iowa Poll: Trump Opens 7-point Lead Over Clinton; Markets Rise, Peso rises as Trump Rises in Polls

Iowa poll: Trump opens 7-point lead over Clinton

Snippet of Article: "...Donald Trump has surged to a 7-point lead over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among Iowa voters, firmly establishing the Republican presidential nominee as the favorite to win the state’s six electoral votes on Tuesday. Trump is the top choice for 46% of Iowans who have already cast a ballot or plan to do so on Election Day..."

Source: www.usatoday.com

Friday, November 4, 2016

U.S. intel warning of possible al Qaeda attacks in U.S. Monday

U.S. intel warning of possible al Qaeda attacks in U.S. Monday

Snippet of Article: "...U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning attacks in three states for Monday. It is believed New York, Texas and Virginia are all possible targets, though no specific locations are mentioned..."

Source: www.cbsnews.com

al Qaeda attacks, Domestic Cyberattacks,

Thursday, November 3, 2016

FBI had secret recordings of suspect talking about alleged deals Clintons made

FBI had secret recordings of suspect talking about alleged deals Clintons made

Snippet of Article: "...FBI sources told Fox News this week that an indictment is likely in the Clinton Foundation investigation that has been ongoing for more than a year..."

Source: www.businessinsider.com

Hillary Clinton, Clinton Foundation, FBI, Justice Department, State Department, Latest Presidential election update,

Monday, October 31, 2016

Clinton email scandal continues with new FBI probe

Clinton email scandal continues with new FBI probe

Snippet of Article: "...FBI Director James Comey says that new emails have come to light recently that have prompted investigators to take another look at the sensitive government information that flowed through the private email sever Clinton used while serving as secretary of state..."

Source: www.blackhillsfox.com

email hacking, WikiLeaks, FBI,

Monday, October 17, 2016

What Will Each Presidential Candidate Do To Help Feds? Apparently Not Much Except Talk

A fed’s guide to the presidential candidates

Snippet of Article: "...What would a Hillary Clinton victory mean for the federal workforce? Should procurement managers be excited at the prospect of businessman Donald Trump? Is another Clinton in the Oval Office a good or bad thing for senior executives? Are career staff justified in being anxious over logistics of a wall?..."

Source: federalnewsradio.com

2016 Presidential Candidates,

Sunday, October 16, 2016

FBI Director Rejects Talk of Epidemic of Police Bias Against Blacks

FBI Director Rejects Talk of Epidemic of Police Bias Against Blacks

Snippet of Article: "...FBI Director James Comey gave an impassioned defense of police officers Sunday, saying most are overwhelmingly good people working during a 'uniquely difficult time in American law enforcement.' ..."

Source: www.wsj.com

James Comey, FBI,

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Scandal: Hillary Caught Paying Off FBI Director?

New Scandal: Hillary Caught Paying Off FBI Director?

Snippet of Article: "...It has come out that James Comey accepted positions and financial compensation for working as a general counsel for Lockheed Martin. Comey worked for Lockheed and in one year, the first year Lockheed would become a major Clinton Foundation donor, Comey was paid $6 million in 2010. The same year, Lockheed Martin won 17 private contracts from the State Department. Guess who ran the State Department in 2010? Hillary Clinton..."

Source: www.libertynewsnow.com

Clinton Foundation, FBI Director, James B. Comey,

N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets

N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets

Snippet of Article: "...he stole and disclosed highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments, according to several senior law enforcement and intelligence officials. The theft raises the embarrassing prospect that for the second time in three years an insider has managed to steal highly damaging secret information from the N.S.A..."

Source: www.nytimes.com

National Security Agency (NSA), FBI, Cyber Theft,

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

WikiLeaks' Assange signals release of documents before U.S. election

WikiLeaks' Assange signals release of documents before U.S. election

Snippet of Article: "...WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Tuesday the group would publish about 1 million documents related to the U.S. election and three governments in coming weeks, but denied the release was aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton..."
Source: www.thegazette.com

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Government Corruption,

Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence - sources

Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence - sources

Snippet of Article: "...Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events ..."

Source: www.reuters.com

Alex Stamos, National Security Agency (NSA), FBI, Yahoo Mail,

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Can I Take a Ballot Selfie and Post It on Social Media? Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Ballot Selfie Ban

Note: Be careful not to violate The Hatch Act.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Ballot Selfie Ban

Snippet of Article: "...holding that the prohibition on photographing and publicizing one’s ballot violates the First Amendment. Two federal judges have already ruled that ballot selfie bans, which at least 25 states have adopted, violate constitutionally protected freedom of expression. The 1st Circuit’s ruling marks the first time a federal appeals court had ruled on the matter, and the opinion is a resounding victory for both free speech and democracy..."

Source: www.slate.com

Can I Take a Ballot Selfie and Post It on Social Media?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What impact does a few hours of LWOP per week have on my Annual Leave accrual?

What impact does a few hours of LWOP per week have on my Annual Leave accrual?

Accrual of annual and sick leave

Snippet of Article: "...When a full-time employee accumulates 80 hours of LWOP during a pay period, the employee does not earn annual leave or sick leave during that pay period. The employee earns leave in the next succeeding pay periods until he or she again accumulates 80 hours of LWOP during a pay period (5 CFR 630.208). When a part-time employee is in a non-pay status, he or she will accrue less annual leave and sick leave, since part-time employees earn leave on a pro-rata basi s-i.e., based on hours in a pay status (5 CFR 630.303 and 630.406). For purposes of computing accrual rates for annual leave..."

Source: www.blm.gov

Accrual of annual and sick leave, LWOP and Annual Leave accrual,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

'If you see something, say something'

'If you see something, say something'

When it comes to 'suspicious activity' that you observe, report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or the appropriate government agency. When doing so, please log the what, when and where of what you have witnessed. Additionally, document who you report it to as well as the time and date you did so, Taking photos of any supporting documentation is an added bonus but NEVER put yourself in danger.

In a society where local thugs try to convince people not to snitch, you must be the stronger personality and not be a puppet to the criminal element by living up to the wishes of criminals that want to keep their activities silent and undercover by using the word snitch. You are not a snitch if you are reporting criminal appearing activity, you are a hero. It takes more to do the right thing than it does to remain silent.

If you see something, say something applies to a myriad of activities like drugs, human trafficking, terrorism, theft and other suspicious activity. Remember that the more facts you can provide, the more effective you will be in eradicating the criminal element from our communities. Stay vigilant and we can make a better society.

Source: federal-newsgroup.blogspot.com

"If you see something, say something",

800+ illegal immigrants identified for deportation were 'accidentally' given citizenship

800-plus 'accidental' citizens? Expert doesn't believe it

'They are letting people into the country who are dangerous'

Snippet of Article: "...The main issue was the claim in the article, the assumption that this was accidental,” Gheen told WND on Monday. “Don’t believe this is accidental. There’s no reason we should believe any of this is accidental. They are intentionally letting people in this country who are dangerous..."

Source: www.wnd.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

OPM hack was avoidable, says congressional report

OPM hack was avoidable, says congressional report

Snippet of Article: "...speculation that it had been done by the Chinese. Information from the hack was invaluable to other countries because it provided insights into which employees had security clearances, who is dealing with classified information, what vulnerabilities they have and what their fingerprints look like, Chaffetz said..."

Source: www.infoworld.com

OPM Cyber-Breach 2015

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Recidivism rates of federal inmates

Recidivism rates of federal inmates

Snippet of Article: "...Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested. Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested. Of those prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7 percent) were arrested by the end of the first year..."

Source: www.nij.gov

Recidivism rates of federal inmates, Obama clemency initiative,

Comey: FBI wants ‘adult conversation’ on device encryption

Comey: FBI wants ‘adult conversation’ on device encryption

Snippet of Article: "...FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau’s inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting information about the challenge in preparation for an “adult conversation” next year..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

The Issue: How do we find a balance national security and a reasonable expectation of privacy? Furthermore, is it even possible to do so?

Monday, August 29, 2016

2 state voter systems breached; FBI is urging U.S. election officials to increase computer security

FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems

Snippet of Article: "...Yahoo News said the Illinois voter registration system was shut down for 10 days in late July after hackers downloaded personal data on up to 200,000 voters. The Arizona attack was more limited and involved introducing malicious software into the voter registration system..."

Source: www.reuters.com

hacking of voter systems

Friday, August 19, 2016

Obama Extends Transgender Bathroom Rules to Federal Buildings

Obama Extends Transgender Bathroom Rules to Federal Buildings

Snippet of Article: "...the bulletin cites the Department of Justice, Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and their extension of the 1972 Title IX provision of the Civil Rights Act to include protections based on gender identity..."

Source: www.crossmap.com

Transgender, Obama Legacy, Federal Rules on Bathrooms, 1972 Title IX,

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CSRS Offset Retirement

CSRS Offset Retirement

Snippet of Article: "...Typically, CSRS Offset retirement applies to employees who had a break in service that exceeded 1 year and ended after 1983, and had 5 years of credit able civil ian service as of January 1, 1987. For example, if you left Federal service on May 15, 1992, with 18 years of CSRS-covered service and were rein stated under a career appoint­ment on November 1, 1993, you would have CSRS Offset cover age. An other major category of CSRS Offset employ­ees includes people who were hired before January 1, 1984, acquired CSRS interim cover age between 1984 and 1987, and had at least 5 years of credit­able civilian service by January 1, 1987..."

Source: OPM

CSRS Offset Retirement (Pamphlet RI 83-19),

Monday, July 25, 2016

Proof of a rigged political system

As DNC Begins, Many Sanders Supporters Not Ready To Get On Board For Clinton

Snippet of Article: "...party Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will resign after the convention — not to mention that her reason for stepping down is that leaked emails showed DNC staffers favoring Clinton during the primaries, and even discussing ways to help her defeat Sanders...party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race..."

Source: www.opb.org

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, 2016 Presidential race, DNC Rigged Against Bernie Sanders, Rigged Political System,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Forced Medicare coverage will screw over Postal retirees and future retirees

Keep promises made to Postal retirees

Snippet of Article: "...Legislation recently approved by a House committee reforming the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) targets postal retirees to balance the Postal Service’s books, and it does so in the name of bipartisanship and expediency, usually good things. Not this time. Specifically, it breaks a promise made to now-retired postal workers and their survivors regarding their health benefits. It tells them they now must pay additional health insurance premiums for more, mostly duplicative, insurance coverage through Medicare or risk losing their health insurance benefits entirely. For postal retirees and survivors who are satisfied with their current coverage, that means another $122 per month or more to keep their current health insurance. This flies in the face of fairness and changes the rules for individuals who do not have the ability to increase their income..."

Source: thehill.com


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly talks with Bill Clinton, but will not answer investigation questions

Lynch refuses to answer questions on Clinton email probe

Snippet of Article: "...Lynch’s unwillingness to provide her views on the facts or how the law applied to Clinton’s situation provoked considerable frustration from Republicans and, a couple hours into the session, a stern rebuke from the committee’s chairman. “Your refusal to answer questions about a person who seeks the most important office in this land is an abdication of your responsibility,” Goodlatte said as he prodded Lynch to be more responsive..."

Source: www.politico.com

Monday, July 11, 2016

Postal Contract Arbitration Award for APWU Represented Employees: Small wage increase for career employees (1.2% 2015 retro)

Postal Service, APWU Have New 40-Month Contract

Snippet of Article: "...A 1.2 percent increase is retroactive to Nov. 14, 2015, the APWU said. Employees will receive a 1.3 percent increase effective Nov. 26 and a second 1.3 percent increase on Nov. 25, 2017...employee portion of the cost of health premiums will increase by 1 percent per year for each of the next three years..."

Source: www.bna.com

APWU Contract Arbitration Award 2016, Health Premiums Skyrocket,

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Protecting the Elite: No charges from FBI on gross email negligence of Hillary

Hmmm: FBI Director to meet press, take off-camera questions at 11; Update: Matter will go to DoJ for “prosecutive decision”; Update: Will not recommend criminal charges; Update: Comey speech added

Snippet of Article: "...that statute expressly doesn’t require malicious intent for prosecution. It expressly states that “gross negligence” meets the standard for criminal prosecution, and Comey spent most of the presser making the case for gross negligence. And once again, if Comey thinks that this multiple-server e-mail scheme doesn’t rise to the level of prosecution, why is the DoJ prosecuting Kristian Saucier, a sailor who took a few cell-phone photos of his submarine for his own personal mementos?...Update: 'Hostile actors gained access' to the communications of people communicating with Hillary, and it’s 'possible that hostile actors gained access” to her system..."

Source: hotair.com

More Reading: Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System., July 5, 2016, www.fbi.com

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shielding Hillary: Privileged class vs working class

Loretta Lynch on Clinton meeting: 'I certainly wouldn't do it again'

Snippet of Article: "...Lynch said at the event, adding, "It's important to make it clear that that meeting with President Clinton does not have a bearing on how this matter will be reviewed and resolved." The assurances from Lynch follow criticism stemming from the meeting with Bill Clinton. Clinton joined Lynch aboard her plane while both were on the tarmac. Lynch said the pair mostly talked about grandchildren and a little golf ..."

Source: www.cnn.com

privileged class vs working class, conflict of interest,

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Pentagon offers ‘long overdue’ phased retirement to civilian workforce

Pentagon offers ‘long overdue’ phased retirement to civilian workforce

Snippet of Article: "...Federal workers under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the newer Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) are both eligible for phased retirement after 30 years of service at age 55, or 20 years of service if they’re 60 or older. They must also have worked full-time for the last three years..."

Source: federalnewsradio.com

Federal employee phased retirement,

Half of Supreme Court Justices Vote to Protect America Overturning Obama Executive Order on Illegal Immigrant Protection

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

Snippet of Article: "...The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Barack Obama a harsh defeat, splitting 4-4 over his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits, leaving intact a lower-court ruling blocking the plan..."

Source: www.foxbusiness.com

executive order, executive amnesty (Obama), Illegal Immigration, Obama Legacy,

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bureau of Land Management Lacks Authority to Set Rules on Fracking

Judge: US Agency Lacks Authority to Set Rules on Fracking

Snippet of Article: "...U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can't set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. The judge, who was nominated by Obama in 2011, wrote that the court's role is not to decide whether hydraulic fracturing is good or bad for the environment, but to interpret whether Congress has given the Department of Interior legal authority to regulate the practice..."

Source: abcnews.go.com