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|Sgt. at Arms Kevin Vickers|
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. ..."
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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
OPINION: Jim Hightower is a former agriculture commissioner from the state of Texas.
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...."
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
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..."
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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