Snippet of Article: "...Hackers this week released detailed records on millions of people registered with the website one month after the break-in at Ashley Madison's parent company, Toronto-based Avid Life Media Inc. The website -- whose slogan is, "Life is short. Have an affair" -- is marketed to facilitate extramarital affairs...."Source: www.foxnews.com
Friday, August 21, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...In a statement posted on its website the group described the consulate attacker, Asik, as a "revolutionary" fighting American oppression and vowed to maintain its struggle until Turkey is "cleared" of all U.S. bases..."Source: www.foxnews.com
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...“Now is the time to accelerate, not curtail, the pace and scope of our nation’s solar system exploration program,” said Robert Braun, professor of space technology at Georgia Institute of Technology The New Horizons probe -- launched in 2006 and powered by plutonium -- reached the closest phase of its brief planetary flyby of Pluto and its five moons on July 14..."Source: www.latimes.com
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...Another group of lawmakers declined to block a pay raise for federal employees next year, increasing the likelihood nearly all civil servants will receive the 1.3 percent salary bump recommended by President Obama...."Source: www.nationaljournal.com
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...Some Republicans in Congress are making the argument that the G fund pays interest that is too high as there is no risk with the investment...."Source: www.fedsmith.com
Saturday, July 18, 2015
What is a Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) plus 10 annuity under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)?
Article Title: What is a Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) plus 10 annuity under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)?
Snippet of Article: "...This is a provision that allows you to retire with benefits beginning immediately if you have ten years of service and have reached the Minimum Retirement Age..."Source: www.opm.gov
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...If I truly believe that my organization’s leaders are arbitrary in rewarding employees or that they fail to hold poor performers accountable, my own commitment to the job is likely to be weaker. And if I’m part of the leadership team and I think everything is fine, I am unlikely to change anything...."Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Article Title: FBI investigating fiber-optic cuts that disrupted Internet, phones in Northern California
Snippet of Article: "...The FBI is working with police to catch vandals behind nearly a dozen fiber-optic cable cuts in Northern California in the past year. The latest snips occurred Tuesday, when someone sliced at least three fiber-optic cables in an underground vault..."Source: www.foxbusiness.com
Monday, June 22, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...This is not how people who are alarmed that their Social Security numbers, life insurance beneficiaries, military service records — and for many, details of their lives they disclosed when applying for security clearances — may be compromised say they hoped the government would respond..."Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Snippet of Article: "..."If the SF-86's associated with this hack were, in their entirety, part of the stolen information, then that would mean the potential release of a staggering amount of information, affecting an exponential amount of people," one U.S. official told ABC News on Sunday. ..."Source: abcnews.go.com
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...OPM officials have said they discovered the intrusion on their own in April, and immediately took steps to address it. But The Wall Street Journal reported last week that a Virginia company, CyTech Services Inc., discovered the intrusion when carrying out a demonstration of security software. ..."Source: www.wsj.com
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Article Title: TSA Director Reassigned in Wake of Security Failures
Snippet of Article: "..."I thank Melvin Carraway for his eleven years of service to TSA and his 36 years of public service," Johnson said in the statement, adding that Acting Deputy Director Mark Hatfield will lead the TSA in the interim. ..."Source: abcnews.go.com
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Article Title: Clock Runs Out on Renewal of Patriot Act Surveillance Powers
Snippet of Article: "...The National Security Agency's authority to collect troves of bulk telephone metadata under the post-Sept. 11 USA Patriot Act will expire at midnight..."Source: www.nbcnews.com
Friday, May 29, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...widening Pentagon investigation found late Friday that an Army biodefense facility in Utah has been mistakenly sending out live deadly anthrax samples to at least two dozen private and military laboratories around the world for the last seven years..."Source: www.latimes.com
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...The IRS believes that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, two sources briefed on the data theft tell CNN..."Source: www.cnn.com
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Will Postmaster General Megan Brennan be the savior of America's Postal Service? Closures/Consolidations Postponed!
Snippet of Article: "...Postal Regulatory Commissioner Ruth Goldway criticized the Postal Service for moving ahead with its plan to consolidate processing facilities back in January, saying the latest round of operational cuts threatens the integrity of the Postal Service's primary obligation under the law – to provide universal service...."Source: www.fiercegovernment.com
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Article Title: More Airport Security Badges Missing as Pols Demand Answers
Snippet of Article: "...As NBCDFW reported in March, more than 1,400 of the badges — which allow employees to access secure areas like runways and boarding gates — went missing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport over approximately two years. ..."Source: www.nbcnews.com
Monday, May 25, 2015
Article Title: WWII nurse remembers sacrifice seen on battlefieldSnippet of Article: "... will you please sing Happy Birthday to me.' So I sang. He said 'momma kiss me.' So I kissed his forehead. He died 3 or 4 hours later."..."
Sunday, May 24, 2015
|Don't tread on America! We are fed up!|
Source: The Federal NewsGroup
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Article Title: FBI: Biker gangs are serious 'criminal enterprises'
|Ride American Made|
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Article Title: Don’t let Congress dismantle the Postal Service
Snippet of Article: "...What a mess. That’s the only way to describe the current status of mail delivery in our area in the wake of the closure of the Duluth processing facility last month. It’s a far cry from the “seamless” transition promised by postal service spokespeople back in February when they confirmed plans to shutter Duluth’s mail processing center...."Source: www.timberjay.com
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Article Title: Bernie Sanders: The Federal Workforce AdvocateSnippet of Article: "...Sanders has said, "Providing fewer services and poorer quality is not the way to save the Postal Service," and he has spoken out against job cuts at the agency, arguing that "good-paying postal jobs" can help protect the middle-class in local economies... Federal retirees would also have an advocate in a Sanders presidency, as the senator was among the most outspoken against proposals to lower the inflation calculation for cost-of-living adjustments for retirees' annuities. ..."
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Article Title: Why top federal employees leave: It’s not just the moneySnippet of Article: "...Seventy percent of federal senior executives who left their positions said in response to an exit survey that no effort had been made to encourage them to stay. ..."
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...a House budget resolution proposed increasing the employee share of pension contributions by 6 percentage points of salary, with an offsetting reduction in what agencies pay. That and ending a “special retirement supplement”..."Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Monday, April 27, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...This article is for CSRS employees and the few (very few) FERS employees (often known as FERS transferees) who had withdrawn contributions from CSRS and not re-deposited them when they returned to federal service as a FERS employee, or elected to transfer from CSRS to FERS during one of the two open seasons...."Source: www.fedsmith.com
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Article Title: How U.S. companies learned to relocate their official addresses overseas and avoid taxes
Snippet of Article: "...The first corporate “inversion,” as Carroll’s maneuver came to be known, was obscure then and is all but forgotten now. Yet at least 45 companies have followed the lead of Carroll’s client, New Orleans-based construction company McDermott International, and shifted their legal addresses to low-tax foreign nations. Total corporate savings so far: at least $9.8 billion—money that otherwise would have gone to the U.S. government...."Source: www.bloomberg.com
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Article Title: The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
|The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House|
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Snippet of Article: "...House Budget Committee’s fiscal 2016 blueprint targets federal retirement benefits, among several other areas, for more than $280 billion in budget savings over the next 10 years. Those recommendations include aligning the G Fund “with an appropriate risk profile,” according to the committee report on the concurrent resolution, which the House passed on March 25..."Source: www.govexec.com
Monday, March 30, 2015
Article Title: One shot dead at Fort Meade after trying to ram NSA gate
Snippet of Article: "...The incident took place near one of the gates to the complex, far from the main buildings. The FBI said they did not think terrorism was related to the incident. "We are working with the US Attorney's Office in Maryland to determine if federal charges are warranted," the FBI said in a statement. ..."Source: www.cnn.com
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Article Title: Budget Bills: Cut Postal, Federal Pay
Snippet of Article: "...Budget bills for fiscal year 2016 proposed by House and Senate committees last week would cut pay for postal and federal workers by increasing the amount employees must pay into retirement accounts – without any increase in benefits. Under the budget bills, up to 6 percent of a postal worker’s wages would go toward funding retirement programs – reducing pay by thousands of dollars each year. In recent years, Congress increased the contributions required from employees covered by FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System) from 0.8 percent to 4.4 percent. Over the past five years, lawmakers have already cut federal and postal workers pay and benefits by $159 billion – and now they want more. “There is no justification for these pay cuts,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The Postal Service is ‘off budget’ and doesn’t get a dime of taxpayer money,” he pointed out, “and postal pension accounts are almost fully funded.”..."Source: www.apwu.org
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
What Government Websites Are The Most Heavily Trafficked? ...and how many are viewing what Government websites now?
Article Title: What Government Websites Are The Most Heavily Trafficked? ...and how many are viewing what Government websites now?
If you are a data driven individual, you will enjoy visiting analytics.usa.gov which provides data on how people interact with government websites. The information is derived from a Google Analytics account for United States federal government agencies known as the Digital Analytics Program. The program helps federal agencies understand how website visitors "find, access, and use government services online". The analytics site states that the program does not track individuals, and anonymizes the IP addresses of visitors. Also, for security purposes, not every government website is represented in the data. Currently, the Digital Analytics Program collects website traffic from almost 300 executive branch government domains, across over 3800 total websites, including every cabinet department. They continue to pursue and add more sites frequently.
NOTE: If you are curious about what information your browser can provide when you visit any website, here is a website that will identify a small sampling of that information: User Agent Viewer. Although the aforementioned Government analytics website does not report your IP address, all websites can identify your IP address. If you would like to see your IP address, visit What is my IP address?
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Purposeful slowing of First Class Mail by Postal Service is harmful to the public interest, but they still want to close 82 more processing facilities
Article Title: Recent slowdown of first-class mail delivers bad news to those who rely on postal service
Snippet of Article: "... Without telling you, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has slowed down the mail. New service standards went into effect on Jan. 5, ending overnight delivery of local first-class mail. The slower delivery schedules mean that the public will now see a delay in the delivery of bill payments, greeting cards, medicines, Netflix DVDs, ballots, newspapers and checks. This cutback of such a basic service is harmful to the public interest. ..."Source: realchangenews.org
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Snippet of Article: "... The U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday that two agents were under investigation after an incident last week in which they were reported to have driven a government car into White House barricades after drinking at a late-night party. ..."Source: reuters.com
Monday, March 9, 2015
Article Title: President Obama Launches New TechHire Initiative
Friday, March 6, 2015
Snippet of Article: "... “Increasing the debt limit does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to pay for expenditures Congress has already approved, thereby protecting the full faith and credit of the United States,” he wrote. ..."Source: thehill.com
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Article Title: Iran blasts mock U.S. carrier in war games
Snippet of Article: "...Iran said the aircraft carrier target was a full-size replica of the USS Nimitz. "Iranian naval forces displayed their skills in targeting enemy vessels and destroyed a mock U.S. aircraft carrier during the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy's massive Payambar-e Azam 9 (The Great Prophet 9) ..."Source: www.cnn.com
Article Title: Netanyahu: Deal will pave way to Iranian nuclear bomb
Snippet of Article: "... In a dramatic speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress, which has caused a furious row with the Obama White House, Netanyahu said that the proposed agreement would allow Iran’s breakout time — the period that it would take to race to a nuclear weapon — to be much shorter than the one year that the U.S. administration is aiming for. ..."Source: q13fox.com
Friday, February 27, 2015
Where's our mail? Why is weather becoming an issue in mail delivery? Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers...
Article Title: ‘Where’s our mail?’: Snow still disrupting postal service
Snippet of Article: "...“I have lived in this house for almost 50 years, and we’ve never gone without our mail,” she said. Wednesday morning, a truck finally came through. The carrier said it might take a while to get all of the letters delivered. “She said the post office was a holy mess,” Dawson said. ..."Source: www.kentuckynewera.com