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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Breach the Canadian Parliment and You Have a Problem, the White House, Not So Much

Article Title: Canada Shooting Hero Identified as Sgt. at Arms Kevin Vickers

Sgt. at Arms Kevin Vickers
Snippet of Article: "...Sgt. at Arms Kevin Vickers is being hailed a hero today for shooting the gunman who ambushed the Parliament building in Ottawa...."
Source: abcnews.go.com
Sgt. at Arms Kevin Vickers

Friday, October 17, 2014

CDC to update Hospital Ebola Protection Protocol

Article Title: CDC to Issue New Ebola Protection Protocol for Hospitals

Snippet of Article: "...The new guidelines are being prepared for release as President Barack Obama today named former White House official Ron Klain to coordinate the U.S. response to Ebola amid rising public concern about his administration’s response. Klain, 53, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, received the assignment a day after the CDC was sharply criticized..."

Source: www.bloomberg.com Ebola, First U.S. Ebola incident, CDC, Hospital Ebola Protection Protocol,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ridiculous! Why have we not banned ALL flights from Ebola stricken continents and states?

Article Title: Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Flight Restrictions From Ebola Stricken Countries

Snippet of Article: "...The Obama administration is still refusing to issue travel restrictions from Ebola stricken countries in West Africa to the United States, arguing that isolating those regions could make the problem worse. But a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows the vast majority of Americans from both sides of the political aisle want entry restrictions put into place. ..."

Source: townhall.com Ebola

Friday, October 10, 2014

Trouble Ahead: Auditors call foul, but Postmaster General moves forward with closure/consolidation plans anyway

Article Title: Report: Postal Service leaves areas in the dark on changes to 95 facilities

Snippet of Article: "...Auditors said the lack of information and public disclosure could degrade USPS services and harm the agency’s brand, in addition to causing carriers to work later into the evening — one postal worker was fatally shot last year while finishing his route at night...."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Federal employees to see another large rate increase for health coverage

Article Title: Federal workers to see another rate increase for health coverage

Snippet of Article: "...In the most popular plan, the Blue Cross-Blue Shield standard option, which covers about 40 percent of FEHBP enrollees, biweekly premiums will increase by $3.21 for self-only coverage and $8.33 for family coverage, up 3.7 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively...."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Monday, October 6, 2014

Federal Employee Retirement Info Center Blog from OPM

Article Title: Federal Employee Retirement Info Center Blog from OPM

Snippet of Article: "...Welcome to the Retirement Info Center. We want to share information about retirement benefits for new, prospective, and current Federal employees, as well as Federal retirees and their survivors and benefits officers. Here you will find the most up-to-date information on changes, events, and other issues that may affect your Federal retirement benefits...."

Source: www.opm.gov

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CDC Says It's 'Not Necessary' to Release Ebola Patient's Flight Information

Article Title: CDC Says It's 'Not Necessary' to Release Ebola Patient's Flight Information

Snippet of Article: "... "The ill person did not exhibit symptoms of Ebola during the flights from West Africa and CDC does not recommend that people on the same commercial airline flights undergo monitoring, as Ebola is only contagious if the person is experiencing active symptoms," the agency said in a statement Tuesday. The man left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Texas on Sept. 20, CDC Director Tom Frieden said. ..."

Source: abcnews.go.com

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Postmaster General Donahoe's Slowing of the Mail and Destruction of Postal Network Appears to Continue

Article Title: More than 400 postal jobs in Fayetteville to move to Charlotte

Snippet of Article: "..."Since the Postal Service slowed down the processing and delivery of first-class mail over two years ago by revising its service standards, it has been more difficult for the American public and small businesses to receive mail in a timely manner," the letter reads. "Slowing down mail delivery even further will especially hurt senior citizens on fixed incomes, small businesses, rural areas and the economy."..."

Source: www.fayobserver.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

FSA Update - change to FSA allows carry-over

Article Title: Federal Employees Can Now Carry Over FSA Money

Snippet of Article: "...Beginning in 2015, employees will be able to carry over up to $500 into the next year. Previously, any unspent money in these accounts would be lost each year..."

Source: www.fedsmith.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

American workers score win with postal worker arbitration award

Article Title: Postal Service to Add Thousands of Union Jobs in 2014

Snippet of Article: "...“The arbitration award he issued and the accompanying implementation memo mean thousands of jobs within 90 days, not years from now,” Dimondstein said.

The gains will help offset the 7,000 job cuts -- and thousands of additional relocations -- that will take place in 2015 due to processing plant closures. ..."

Source: www.govexec.com Postal news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Armed, retired, disabled veteran scales White House fence

Article Title: Secret Service considers new rules; intruder in court

Snippet of Article: "...Gonzalez, an Army veteran who retired because of disability, scaled the White House fence Friday and raced some 70 yards to the door of the building before being subdued...."

Source: www.usatoday.com

Sunday, September 21, 2014

1% Federal Pay Raise in 2015 Closer to Reality

Article Title: 1% Federal Pay Raise in 2015 Closer to Reality

Snippet of Article: "...The possibility of a 1% pay raise for federal employees in 2015 continues to work toward becoming a reality as the legislative and political process works it way to a budget, at least a temporary budget, for the next fiscal year...."

Source: fedsmith.com

Saturday, September 20, 2014

President George W. Bush Halloween Mask

Article Title: President George W. Bush Costume Mask

Snippet of Article: "...Regardless of your politics, this mask is a great likeness to George Bush and will complete your costume!..."
Source: Amazon.com President George W. Bush Halloween Mask

President Barack Obama Halloween Mask

Article Title: President Barack Obama Costume Mask

President Obama Mask
Full over-the-head vinyl mask of President Barack Obama. A remarkable likeness of our President. You are sure to get the presidential selection of candies when you visit your local Halloween party.
Source: Amazon.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Who says the Postal Service is going broke? USPS to provide“concierge services” to businesses that cannot afford research?

Article Title: USPS Commissions Brain Research on Direct Mail

Snippet of Article: "...a study could add a physiological research component to the growing body of analysis of consumer interaction across multiple marketing channels. Small- and medium-sized businesses that cannot afford such research could benefit from access to it through the Postal Service's “concierge services,” stated the OIG..."

Source: www.dmnews.com

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Postal Service to reduce overnight delivery for us, while protecting Overnight Service Standards for commercial mail

Article Title: USPS to maintain overnight delivery for 66% of current volumes next year

Protecting Commercial Mailers
Snippet of Article: "...“Our future network will preserve approximately 66% of current overnight delivery volumes, and Overnight Service Standards will remain available to commercial mail properly prepared, containerized and entered by critical entry times.”..."
Source: postandparcel.info

Sunday, September 7, 2014

CDC Official: Virus may be 'tip of iceberg'

Article Title: Virus may be 'tip of iceberg,' CDC official says

Snippet of Article: "...The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported now could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Diseases...."

Source: www.wcvb.com

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thank You for Your Service: President Seeks to Lower Military Pay Raise

Article Title: White House pushes for lower troop pay raise in ’15

Snippet of Article: "...Late Friday, President Obama formally notified Congress that he wants to cap next year’s military basic pay raise at 1 percent, unless Congress comes up with an alternative mandate...."

Source: www.theleafchronicle.com

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Federal Employee Pension Fairness Act

Article Title: Congresswoman introduces The Federal Employee Pension Fairness Act

Snippet of Article: "...“As a nation it is our duty to ensure the fair treatment of our federal employees, especially during times of economic strain. Let’s stop unduly burdening our federal workers, and start asking wealthy corporations to pay their fair share. I look forward to working with others in Congress to pass this legislation and to providing relief for those whose daily labors keep our government up and running and who keep us safe.” Congresswoman Edwards’ legislation..."

Source: www.thebaynet.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Taxes are up but your government is shrinking quickly

Article Title: Shrinking government: Federal hiring is down, departures are up

Snippet of Article: "...Federal hiring has declined rapidly in recent years, while the number of departures has increased nearly as fast. That’s a recipe for a shrinking government...."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Hacked 3 Times in 3 Years

Article Title: Hackers attack Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 times in 3 years

Snippet of Article: "...This was followed by news that U.S. Investigation Services (USIS), the main provider of background checks to the U.S. government, had been targeted in an attack possibly launched by a foreign power...."

Source: www.foxnews.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

National Guard Troops Fail to Quell Unrest in Ferguson as Obama Coddles Looters and Neuters Guard and Law Enforcement

Article Title: National Guard Troops Fail to Quell Unrest in Ferguson

Snippet of Article: "... Obama said he had told Mr. Nixon in a phone call on Monday that the Guard should be “used in a limited and appropriate way.”..."

Source: Military Veteran News America becomes lawless

Monday, August 18, 2014

The FERS Annuity Supplement

Article Title: The FERS Annuity Supplement

Snippet of Article: "...The special retirement supplement is paid in addition to gross monthly Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) annuity benefits. It represents what you would receive for your FERS civilian service from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and is calculated as if you were eligible to receive SSA benefits on the day you retired. Eligibility ..."

Source: www.opm.gov

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Phased Retirement FAQ

Article Title: Phased Retirement: Answers to Some Common Questions

Snippet of Article: "...The Office of Personnel Management announced the long awaited final regulations for the phased retirement program for federal employees late last week. As part of that announcement, OPM has also released a document with answers to some common questions employees are likely to have about this program...."

Source: fedsmith.com Phased Retirement FAQ

Friday, August 8, 2014

Jim Hightower: A Postmaster General who has thrown-in with the privatizers. As PMG, Pat Donahoe...

OPINION: Jim Hightower is a former agriculture commissioner from the state of Texas.

Article Title: JIM HIGHTOWER: Postal Service is far from a loser

Snippet of Article: "...the media keeps reporting that the USPS is losing billions of dollars each year. What they fail to mention is that those are phony paper losses manufactured by Congress at the behest of corporate privatizers...."

Source: www.stwnewspress.com Postmaster General Donahoe, destruction of postal service, Jim Hightower, postal privatization,

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Why is the Postal Service helping UPS and Fedex? ...and doing it so cheaply???

Article Title: For FedEx and UPS, a Cheaper Route: the Post Office

Snippet of Article: "...the flood of these packages has begun to tax the system, and it has raised questions about whether the USPS is charging enough for its service. Even as UPS makes use of the USPS, a UPS executive on the company's earnings conference call last month questioned whether the Postal Service is unfairly cross-subsidizing certain products to offer lower prices. ..."

Source: wsj.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One State Governor is Actually Taking Action in Protecting His State Against Illegal Alien Invasion

Article Title: Gov. Perry Deploys Texas National Guard Troops to Border

Snippet of Article: "...Gov. Rick Perry today directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal activity in the region resulting from the federal government's failure to adequately secure the border.

Since 2008, more than 203,000 criminal aliens have been booked into Texas county jails. Over the course of their criminal careers, these individuals have committed more than 640,000 crimes in the state of Texas alone, including more than 3,000 homicides and nearly 8,000 sexual assaults.

"There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government's failure to secure our border," Gov. Perry said..."

Source: governor.state.tx.us

Illegal Alien Invasion,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Chinese hackers broke into the federal Office of Personnel Management computer system

Article Title: Chinese hacked federal employee files

Snippet of Article: "...Chinese hackers broke into the federal Office of Personnel Management computer system in March, apparently targeting tens of thousands of employees who applied for top-security clearance, The New York Times reported...."

Source: www.usatoday.com

Monday, June 30, 2014

FACT SHEET: The White House Summit On Working Families

Article Title: FACT SHEET: The White House Summit On Working Families

Snippet of Article: "... the memorandum will make clear that Federal workers have the “right to request” a flexible work arrangement without fear of retaliation, and will direct agencies to establish procedures for addressing these requests by employees. Finally, it will call for training all employees and their supervisors on the effective use of these tools and will direct the Office of Personnel Management to create a new Workplace Flexibility Index that will be published online and updated annually to measure agencies’ success...."

Source: www.whitehouse.gov Summit On Working Families

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2015 Federal Pay Raise Update: tiny 1% pay increase possible

Article Title: Senate spending bill leaves door open for 1 percent federal employee raise

Snippet of Article: "...The Senate has started to advance a spending bill that keeps the road clear for a 1 percent federal employee pay raise in January, while boosting available funds for the IRS and several other agencies above the levels favored by the House...."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com 2015 federal pay raise,

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Labor Department proposed a rule Thursday to raise minimum wage for employees of federal contractors

Article Title: Labor Department Moves to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Workers

Snippet of Article: "...The Labor Department proposed a rule Thursday to raise the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour, fulfilling an executive order President Barack Obama signed in February. Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the wage increase will benefit about 200,000 workers who don't already make at least $10.10 an hour..."

Source: wsj.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2014 Federal Employees Almanac is a must-have reference for your federal employment, federal benefits eligibility, and retirement planning

Article Title: 2014 Federal Employees Almanac

Snippet of Article: "...The 2014 Federal Employees Almanac is a must-have reference for your federal employment, federal benefits eligibility, and retirement planning. Unlike other "handbooks" that are printed far too early to be accurate and up-to-date, the Almanac is not sent to press until federal employee policy changes affecting your career for the next year have been issued by the federal government. The Almanac is the complete reference for all your federal employment questions!..."

Source: federaldaily.com

Federal employee arrested in bomb-planting case

Article Title: Federal worker arrested in bomb-planting case

Snippet of Article: "...A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee faces federal charges after allegedly planting at least two explosive devices in Madera County earlier this year. ..."

Source: www.mercedsunstar.com Federal employee

Monday, June 9, 2014

Title 5 of the United States Code: Know your Rights

Article Title: Know Your Rights As A Federal Employee To Avoid Unfair Treatment

Title 5 of the United States Code
Title 5 of the United States Code
Snippet of Article: "...As much as Uncle Sam seeks to be a model employer, the realities of the federal workplace and the actions of individual supervisors can fall short. That’s why it’s important for federal employees to know their workplace rights...."
Source: www.fedsmith.com

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Phased Retirement to finally start this year for some

Article Title: OPM promises phased retirement to start this year

Snippet of Article: "...Under OPM’s draft plan released in 2013, employees who are eligible for retirement and meet other requirements could work half-time while getting half of their pension. As they continue to work, phased retirees also will keep accruing additional service credit toward their final pensions...."

Source: www.federaltimes.com Phased Retirement

Sunday, June 1, 2014

NSA Facial Recognition Collection Program

Article Title: NSA said to collect millions of images for facial recognition

Snippet of Article: "...The agency is using sophisticated software to harvest "millions of images per day" from emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences, and other communications, according to the documents. Once focused primarily on collecting telephone and email communications data, NSA officials believe the programs hold "tremendous untapped potential" that could revolutionize..."
Source: www.cnet.com NSA Facial Recognition Collection Program

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Leave Libya Immediately, Says US State Department to US Citizens

Article Title: US tells its citizens to leave Libya amid unrest

Snippet of Article: "...The US has warned its citizens to leave the country, saying Libya is "unstable and unpredictable"... The US state department has warned any American citizens in Libya to leave the country immediately. ..."
Source: www.bbc.com Libya Travel Warning, Department of State,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Federal Employee Pay Raise in 2015?

Article Title: Lawmakers want 3.3 percent pay raise for federal workers in 2015

Snippet of Article: "...A pair of Democratic senators has introduced legislation that would give federal employees a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015...."

Source: al.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

EcommerceBytes: eBay blaming the Postal Service for delivery failures

Article Title: eBay Customer Service Reps Fault Sellers for Using USPS

Snippet of Article: "...With eBay's new defect rate breathing down their necks, sellers are calling eBay to ask why it will penalize them for late deliveries or missing packages, which are outside their control - and eBay is placing the blame directly on sellers for using the USPS...."

Source: www.ecommercebytes.com

Thursday, May 15, 2014

CDC: Arabian Peninsula Travel and MERS

Article Title: MERS in the Arabian Peninsula

Snippet of Article: "...If you are traveling to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula,* CDC recommends that you pay attention to your health during and after your trip. You should call a doctor right away if you develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula. Tell the doctor about your recent travel. CDC does not recommend that travelers change their plans because of MERS. ..."

Source: cdc.gov MERS in the Arabian Peninsula,