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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Postal worker claims $4M prize from lottery scratcher

Postal worker claims $4M prize from lottery scratcher

Snippet of Article: "...postal worker won $4 million in the Virginia Lottery’s Hot Millions Multiplier scratch-off game, according to a news release. Bill..."

Source: www.insidenova.com

Senate To Vote Monday On Ending Shutdown As Talks Continue

Senate To Vote Monday On Ending Shutdown As Talks Continue

Snippet of Article: "...The Senate will vote at noon on Monday to end the government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor Sunday evening and laid out a plan to restore government funding for three weeks and consider immigration proposals..."

Source: www.npr.org

Shutdown 2018,

Now We've Shut Down The CDC and This Year's Flu Is Nasty And Getting Worse

This Year's Flu Is Nasty And Getting Worse. And Now We've Shut Down The CDC.

Snippet of Article: "...With the government shut down, a difficult situation becomes worse. Most of the CDC staff will be forced to sit on their hands when they could be working — many of them want to work, but they won't be allowed to. What's especially frustrating (and wasteful) is that the U.S. will almost certainly pay all federal employees for this forced time off, as it did in previous shutdowns. We also need a better way to make the flu vaccine..."

Source: www.forbes.com

Shutdown 2018, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

Friday, January 19, 2018

Can we predict what the 2019 federal pay raise will be?

Can we predict what next year’s federal pay raise will be?

Snippet of Article: "...The process by which federal raises are calculated comes from Title 5 of the U.S. Code, which says that every rate on the General Schedule should see a boost in base pay that equals half a percentage point less than the previous year’s Employment Cost Index (ECI), a figure calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So theoretically, the answer..."

Source: federalnewsradio.com

Title 5 of the U.S. Code, 2019 Federal Employee Pay Raise,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

President Trump Gets an 'Excellent Health' Report, to Include Cognitive, From White House Doctor

White House physician: Trump in 'excellent health'

Snippet of Article: "...The president’s physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well," Dr. Ronny Jackson, the president's physician, said in a statement. Jackson added that "the president is in excellent health..."

Source: http://www.foxnews.com

President Trumps Cognitive Health, Trump in Excellent Health,

More Reading:

  • White House doctor: 'No concerns' about Trump's cognitive ability. www.cnn.com. Jan. 16, 2018.
  • Montreal Cognitive Assessment. www.mocatest.org. As observed on Jan. 16, 2018
  • Friday, January 12, 2018

    House renews spying law that collects Americans' emails without warrants

    House renews spying law that collects Americans' emails without warrants

    Snippet of Article: "...The House voted Thursday to renew for six years a controversial surveillance program that may collect the content of Americans' email, text messages, photos and other electronic communication without a warrant. The vote was 256-164 to extend the program, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act..."

    Source: www.msn.com


    Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    New York Dem charged with stealing Sandy money from FEMA

    New York Dem charged with stealing Sandy money from FEMA

    Snippet of Article: "...Harris, 57, is accused of defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- the agency tasked with helping New York and New Jersey rebuild after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 -- of almost $25,000..."

    Source: www.foxnews.com

    FEMA

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    Former Postal Service vice president sentenced after inspectors uncovered lies

    Former USPS vice president sentenced after inspectors uncovered lies

    Snippet of Article: "...court records reveal, discovered Whitman’s resume and a security clearance form he filled out were riddled with lies within weeks of his March hiring. He was fired in June. Whitman didn’t have a degree from Southern Illinois, and he wasn’t the corporate genius that his resume proclaimed, investigators said in court papers. Shortly before he applied for the postal job, Whitman had been fired by another unidentified company for lying on his resume..."

    Source: www.linns.com

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    Tax Bill: Ready for your tax increase middle-class? Tax Bill’s Estimated Effects In 2027

    CHARTS: See How Much Of GOP Tax Cuts Will Go To The Middle Class

    Snippet of Article: "...This would mean a tiny tax bump for many lower- and middle-class households — the average $50,000 to $75,000-earning household would have a tax bill that's $30 higher than today. The average household earning more than $1 million would get a cut of more than $23,000..."

    Source: www.npr.org

    Tax Bill’s Estimated Effects In 2027

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    The Federal Reserve is about to raise interest rates again — here's how it happens and why it matters

    The Fed is about to raise interest rates again — here's how it happens and why it matters

    Snippet of Article: "...what the Fed is doing right now is a bit unusual. "This is the first tightening cycle where they've been concerned about inflation being too low," said Alan Levenson, the chief economist at T. Rowe Price. The Fed's preferred measure of inflation last touched its 2% target in 2012, so it can't exactly argue that it is raising rates to fight inflation..."

    Source: http://www.businessinsider.com

    Federal Reserve

    Sunday, December 10, 2017

    Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington

    Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington

    Snippet of Article: "...Dislodge arms of the federal government from Washington and reattach them in faraway places, spreading the wealth generated by these well-paid agency workforces and forcing senior bureaucrats to face the people they affect..."

    Source: www.latimes.com

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Political Magic: Disappearing Tiny Tax Cuts for the Middle Class, But Not for Corporate America or the Wealthy

    Here's what's in the Senate Republican tax bill

    Snippet of Article: "...benefits for middle- and low-income groups diminish or disappear afterward -- meaning the groups' after-tax incomes would drop on average -- due to their tax cuts expiring after 2025, the bill's use of slower inflation adjustments in the tax code..."

    Source: cnn.com

    Tax Rates, Tax Bill, Disappearing Tax Cuts,

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Christmas at the White House 2017

    First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Christmas at the White House 2017

    Snippet of Article: “The President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “As with many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us. I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays. On behalf of my husband and Barron, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season.”

    Source: The White House

    Christmas 2017

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Who is the Highest Paid ‘Federal Employee’ in America?

    Who is the Highest Paid ‘Federal Employee’ in America?

    Snippet of Article: "...A recent article describes Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) CEO Bill Johnson as “the highest paid federal employee in the country.” Pay Raise Breaks the Million Dollar Mark..."

    Source: www.fedsmith.com

    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), CEO Bill Johnson,

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    Big Pharma in the House, Forget About Lower Drug and Medical Costs

    Trump Picks Former Eli Lilly Drug Executive as Health Secretary

    Snippet of Article: "...Trump has been highly critical of the industry that Azar comes from, saying that drug companies are “getting away with murder” and threatening to use the federal government’s buying power to bring down prices. However he’s taken no concrete action yet to do so..."

    Source: www.bloomberg.com

    Big Pharma, Medical Expenses, Destruction of Lower Middle-Class, Alex Azar,

    The US's most secretive intelligence agency (NSA) was embarrassingly robbed and mocked by anonymous hackers

    The US's most secretive intelligence agency was embarrassingly robbed and mocked by anonymous hackers

    Snippet of Article: "... The group now posts cryptic, mocking messages pointed toward the NSA as it sells the cyberweapons, created at huge cost to US taxpayers, to any and all buyers, including US adversaries like North Korea and Russia. "It's a disaster on multiple levels," Jake Williams, a cybersecurity expert who formerly worked on the NSA's hacking group..."

    Source: www.businessinsider.com

    National Security Agency (NSA),

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    What color is your passport and how powerful is it?


    What color is your passport and how powerful is it?

    Most Powerful Passport 2017
    A passport is your open door to travel and business. Having the right passport opens doors that other passports cannot. Your U.S. passport isn’t as powerful as you think it is. However, Singapore now has 'most powerful passport in the world'. Passports come in a multitude of colors, as well as a multitude of restrictions as far as where you can travel. Where does your passport rank? Click here to see the Global Passport Power Rank.
    Source: The Federal Newsgroup

    Passports

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    2 percent federal retirement COLA set for January

    2 percent federal retirement COLA set for January

    Snippet of Article: "...Under FERS, an inflation adjustment isn’t paid until age 62, except for those who retired due to disability or from certain occupations that require earlier retirement. The average monthly civil service benefit under FERS is about $1,400, yielding an average increase, for those eligible, of $28. Those retired under FERS are eligible for Social Security benefits under standard rules and those receiving that benefit — which generally cannot begin earlier than age 62 — will see that payment boosted by 2 percent as well..."

    Source: www.washingtonpost.com

    CSRS vs FERS, 2018 Federal Retiree COLA, COLA,

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Veterans Identification Card: Issued To Veterans Who Apply Starting In November

    Actual, Physical Vet Cards Will Be Issued To Veterans Who Apply Starting In November

    Snippet of Article: "...Veterans Identification Card will be available free of charge to any honorably discharged veteran who applies for one online via the ..."

    Source: militaryvetnews.blogspot.com

    Veterans Identification Card

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    Las Vegas shooting: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history

    Las Vegas shooting: At least 50 dead, more than 400 injured in massacre

    Snippet of Article: "...suspect, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada. Police initially sought...The shooting at the sold-out Route 91 Harvest festival was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. ..."

    Source: www.foxnews.com

    Stephen Paddock, Vegas Mass Shooting 2017, Mass Shooting,

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    Tax plan just got its first brutal review showing how it would benefit rich Americans but almost no one else

    Trump's tax plan just got its first brutal review showing how it would benefit rich Americans but almost no one else

    Snippet of Article: "...found that Americans among the top 1% of earners would see the bulk of the plan's benefits, while lower- and middle-class Americans...in later years, the middle class would shoulder more of the load of the tax plan..."

    Source: www.businessinsider.com

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Why The Tax Reform Crew May Target Your Retirement

    Why The Tax Reform Crew May Target Your Retirement

    Snippet of Article: "...At a minimum, legislators should do no additional harm to the retirement system in their quest for tax cuts. But it would be far better if Washington focused its political capital solving a real problem: Ensuring retirement security for all Americans..."

    Source: www.forbes.com

    Tax Reform vs Working Class Retirement, Retirement,

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    2018 pay raise for federal employees

    Trump sets 2018 pay raise for federal employees

    Snippet of Article: "...a pay raise effective Jan. 1, 2018. Most civilian federal employees will receive an average raise of..."

    Source: federalnewsradio.com

    Federal Employee Pay Raise 2018,

    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Trump Tax Plan: Rob the middle class while making corporations and the wealthy wealthier

    Trump pitches tax reform to Main Street

    Snippet of Article: "...Cutting the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% ...Middle class tax relief cutting the top tax rate from 39.6% to 35%... "

    Source: www.usatoday.com

    Trump Tax Plan,

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    More agencies investigated after Postal Service cited for workers' Clinton campaign aid

    Republicans dig deeper after Postal Service cited for workers' Clinton campaign aid

    Snippet of Article: "...wrongdoing at federal agencies in past election cycles, after learning the Postal Service violated the law by allowing employees to do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign while on leave. The lawmakers blasted out letters on Monday to 10 other federal government agencies questioning their unpaid leave policy for union-related political work..."

    Source: www.foxnews.com

    Hatch Act, Crime, Hillary Clinton, USPS, union-related political work,

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Should Federal Employees Invest in a Roth IRA?

    Should Federal Employees Invest in a Roth IRA?

    Snippet of Article: "...there are some pros and cons to investing in a Roth IRA that are worth looking at. Thrift Savings Plan first, especially if you qualify for agency matching..."

    Source: www.fedsmith.com

    Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), TSP Contributions, Roth IRA,

    Postal worker, 3 others charged in $100K money order scheme

    Postal worker, 3 others charged in $100K money order scheme

    Snippet of Article: "...charged with stealing a money order imprinting machine and more than 180 blank USPS money orders, then defrauding the postal service by ..."

    Source: www.nj.com

    Crime, Postal Service, money order imprinting machine,

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    FBI, U.S. Postal Police launch investigation at Seattle home

    FBI, U.S. Postal Police launch investigation at Seattle home

    Snippet of Article: "...Neighbors said a young couple and their two young children just moved in eight months ago. “They had cameras all over. They even had cameras at the mailbox,” said Neighbor Shelley Pealver. “They take pictures of who's coming into mailbox, who's not. I thought that was strange..."

    Source: komonews.com

    Monday, August 7, 2017

    House Recesses without Deciding on Proposed Retirement Benefit Cuts

    House Recesses without Deciding on Proposed Retirement Benefit Cuts

    Snippet of Article: "...suggested achieving that goal by increasing required contributions toward retirement benefits and eliminating the “special retirement supplement” paid to those under FERS who retire before age 62 and until that age when they can draw Social Security benefits..."

    Source: www.fedweek.com

    Federal Retirement,

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Q&A for federal workers: Changes to paid leave

    Q&A for federal workers: Changes to paid leave

    Snippet of Article: "...That “administrative leave” has been somewhat informal, and policies vary among agencies. Some have kept employees away from work but still paid for long periods as they consider taking disciplinary actions or during appeals. The rules would carry out a 2016..."

    Source: www.washingtonpost.com

    Changes to paid leave

    Friday, July 14, 2017

    40K Buyout Proposed Government-wide

    40K Buyout Proposed Government-wide

    Snippet of Article: "...The administration has proposed increasing the maximum value of buyout payments to $40,000 government-wide from the $25,000 maximum that hasn’t risen since those incentives began in the mid-1990s. A move to raise the limit for all agencies was anticipated since last year..."

    Source: www.fedweek.com

    VSIP

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    2018 1.9 Percent Raise for Federal Employees Likely Won’t Be Blocked by Congress

    1.9 Percent Raise for Feds Likely Won’t Be Blocked by Congress

    Snippet of Article: "...The prospects of a 1.9 percent federal pay increase next January look good, based on Congress’s initial reaction. Or, more accurately, the lack of any reaction. Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told reporters in April that President Donald Trump would seek a 1.9 percent raise for federal workers next January..."

    Source: www.bna.com

    Federal Employee Pay Raise 2018,

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    9 Republicans now say they oppose proposed cuts to federal retirement

    9 Republicans now say they oppose proposed cuts to federal retirement

    Snippet of Article: "...Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.), who often come down in support of federal employees, were among the nine who wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). But seven others, including Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) also signed the June 17 letter. “Our strongest objection is how the proposals break a promise to employees and retirees who have based career planning on longstanding promised benefit calculations,” members wrote. “They and their families don’t deserve to be treated in this cavalier manner..."

    Source: federalnewsradio.com

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Why are Wealthy Liberal Californians and New Yorkers Trying to Buy a Georgia Election?

    Georgia race: Handel rips West Coast donors 'buying' seat

    Snippet of Article: "...Ossoff has vastly outpaced Handel, with nearly $24 million to her $4.5 million – millions more was spent by outside groups. Most of Ossoff’s money has come from out of state, especially from states like California and New York..."

    Source: www.foxnews.com

    Why are the Wealthy Liberals Buying and Manipulating Out-of-State Local Elections?, Why is California and New York Trying to Buy a Georgia Election?

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    President Donald Trump "has no intention" of firing special counsel Robert Mueller contrary to false liberal media reports

    White House says Trump won't fire Mueller

    Snippet of Article: "...The White House says President Donald Trump "has no intention" to fire the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election..."

    Source: myfox28columbus.com

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    TSP-3 Form Designation of Beneficiary Just Updated


    TSP-3 Form Designation of Beneficiary

    TSP-3 Form Designation of Beneficiary Snippet of Article: "...If you are filing a new TSP-3, make sure that it has the date 5/2017 on it; all previous versions are obsolete and will not be accepted by the TSP. You can download and/or print copies of the new form from the “forms and publications” section of the TSP website https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tsp-3.pdf..."
    Source: www.fedweek.com

    TSP-3 Form, Designation of Beneficiary (TSP),

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    6 percent pay cut over next six years? 2018 Budget Reportedly Targets Federal Retirement Programs

    2018 Budget Reportedly Targets Federal Retirement Programs

    Snippet of Article: "...will require federal workers to contribute an additional percentage point to the Federal Employee Retirement System each year until they match the federal contribution, likely within five to six years. The total increase in cost to employees would be around 6 percent at the end of the phase-in period. Additionally, the government would base the value of employees’ retirement benefits on the average of their highest five years of earnings..."

    Source: www.govexec.com

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    No-nonsense Sheriff David Clarke to serve as a Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

    Sheriff David Clarke says he's accepted DHS job

    Snippet of Article: "...Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wis., said Wednesday he has accepted a job in the Department of Homeland Security..."

    Source: thehill.com

    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, David Clarke,

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Postal employees’ pay raise in the works as union contract nears final approval

    Postal employees’ pay raise in the works as union contract nears final approval

    Snippet of Article: "...According to the tentative labor contract, letter carriers would receive a 1.2 percent pay raise that would retroactively start on Nov. 26, 2016, then receive a 1.3 percent pay raise that would take effect on Nov. 25 this year. Postal employees currently at Grade 2 of NALC’s letter carrier pay scale would receive a 2.1 percent pay raise, effective Nov. 24, 2018, while Grade 1 employees would move up to Grade 2..."

    Source: federalnewsradio.com

    NALC Contract,

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Malware, described in leaked NSA documents, cripples computers worldwide

    Malware, described in leaked NSA documents, cripples computers worldwide

    Snippet of Article: "...Europe, Latin America and parts of Asia were hit particularly hard, although in the United States, FedEx also reported falling prey to the malware. The attack was the latest in a growing menace of “ransomware,” in which hackers deliver files to computers that automatically encrypt their data, making it unusable — until a ransom is paid...."

    Source: www.washingtonpost.com

    ransomware, National Security Agency (NSA),