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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

Snippet of Article: "...One of history's most vehement proponents of the originalist interpretation of the Constitution, Scalia believed the Constitution should be interpreted as it was when it was written, according to the intent of those who wrote and ratified it. Original Intent is a school of constitutional thought held by political and legal conservatives. Scalia spoke out against "judicial activism" when judges take the values of contemporary society into consideration..."

Source: www.waff.com

originalist interpretation of the Constitution, Antonin Scalia (Supreme Court Justice),

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bernie Sanders gains after suspicions about the results were immediately apparent at 14 precincts

Clinton’s margin of victory in Iowa narrows after state Democratic party revises results

Snippet of Article: "...Rania Batrice, a spokeswoman for Sanders’s Iowa campaign, said the 14 precincts included only those in which suspicions about the results were immediately apparent. “There are definitely other discrepancies that haven’t been addressed,” Batrice said..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

2016 Presidential race,

Friday, February 5, 2016

Secret Service agents: Hillary is a nightmare to work with

Opinion

Secret Service agents: Hillary is a nightmare to work with

Snippet of Article: "...That exchange is one among many that active and retired Secret Service agents shared with Ronald Kessler, author of “The First Family Detail,” a compelling look at the intrepid personnel who shield America’s presidents and their families — and those whom they guard..."

Source: nypost.com

Secret Service,

Thursday, February 4, 2016

2017 Federal Pay Raise for Federal Employees

Obama plans 1.6% pay raise for federal employees next year

Snippet of Article: "... President Obama will include an average 1.6 percent pay raise for federal employees in his fiscal 2017 budget proposal. This year, the average raise is 1.3 percent, not including locality pay..."

Source: www.sj-r.com

2017 Federal Pay Raise

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Murder at Malheur: The Shot Heard Around the World

Murder at Malheur: The Shot Heard Around the World

Snippet of Article: "...We have seen this movie before. Federal officials abuse their authority and their heinous acts result in the deaths of people who did not deserve to die..."

Source: www.thecommonsenseshow.com

Ruby Ridge, Waco Massacre, Malheur (Oregon Patriot Standoff), Senseless Killing of Lavoy Finicum,

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

No shooting evidence found after sweep of Naval Medical Center San Diego

No gunshots found after sweep of Naval Medical Center San Diego

Snippet of Article: "...Authorities "have not located any casualties or evidence of a shooting having taken place," Navy Region Southwest spokesman Scott Sutherland told Navy Times. "They are conducting a secondary, more thorough floor-by-floor sweep now." Personnel remain sheltered in place, he said..."

Source: www.navytimes.com

shooting, Naval Medical Center (San Diego),

Shooting at San Diego's Naval Medical Center

Shooting reported at San Diego's Naval Medical Center

Snippet of Article: "...reported hearing three gunshots in the basement of the center's Building 26, a combination gym and barracks building, at about 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET), Navy spokesman Kevin Dixon said. A spokesman for the center, Mike Alvarez, said the incident is being treated as an active shooter situation ..."

Source: www.cnn.com

shooting, Naval Medical Center (San Diego),

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 'Wage and Salary' Pay Schedules

2016 'Wage and Salary' Pay Schedules

Snippet of Article: "...Wage and Salary, GS Pay Tables, AF SPECIAL SCHEDULES , Latest NAF Wage Schedules, ..."

Source: www.cpms.osd.mil

Pay Schedules (2016),

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

America says 'Yes' to guns, while politicians refuse listen

FBI official: 'Perfect storm' imperiling gun background checks

Snippet of Article: "...In each of the last six months, the number of background checks has risen steadily, according to FBI records, ending with December's record with more than a half-million over the previous monthly high..."

Source: www.cnbc.com

Second Amendment, States Rights, Guns in America,

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

BERNIE SANDERS: Let me give you an idea of how corrupt this system is

Bernie Sanders to Hillary: Goldman Sachs Gave You Over $600,000 In Speaking Fees In One Year

Snippet of Article: "...The leader of Goldman Sachs is a billionaire who comes to Congress and tells us we should cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Secretary Clinton, and you're not the only one, I don't mean to just point the finger at you, you've received over $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs..."

Source: www.realclearpolitics.com

Congress, corruption, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Hillary Clinton,

Saturday, January 9, 2016

DEA wasted more more than $850,000 on freely available information

DEA 'substantially wasted government funds' when they paid Amtrak worker more than $850,000 for passenger information they could have had for free

Snippet of Article: "...The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General has ruled that the DEA 'substantially wasted government funds' by paying an Amtrak employee more than $850,000 for information that was available for free. An Amtrak secretary, who was not publicly identified except as a 'secretary to a train and engine crew,' was paid a total of $854,460..."

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration approved 45 drugs with never-before-sold ingredients in 2015

First-Of-a-Kind Drug Approvals Continued Rise in 2015

Snippet of Article: "...likely to fuel the ongoing debate over rising prescription drug prices. That issue has become a top concern for consumers, a subject of congressional scrutiny and even an issue on the presidential campaign trail..."

Source: www.nytimes.com

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Prices,

Monday, January 4, 2016

A grim 2016 start for TSP 'C' Fund participants

U.S. stocks plunge in first morning of 2016 trading

Snippet of Article: "...The Dow dropped 343 points, or 2 percent, to 17,082 at 9:35 a.m. ET. The S&P 500 shed 1.8 percent, or 37 points to 2,006 and the Nasdaq fell 2.2 percent, or 111 points to 4,896..."

Source: www.cbsnews.com

TSP, C Fund,

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Armed militia, takes over federal building in Oregon in support of ranchers 'controlled burn' on leased land

Armed militia, Bundy brothers take over federal building in rural Oregon

Snippet of Article: "...An armed militia took over a building at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon late Saturday and vows to occupy the outpost for years to protest the federal government’s treatment of a pair of ranchers facing prison time... attempting to reduce the growth of invasive plant species and ward off potential wildfires. The pair was sentenced to five years in prison..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Controlled or prescribed burning, militia, Second Amendment,

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

NASA under orders to build a deep-space habitat by 2018

NASA under orders to build a deep-space habitat by 2018

Snippet of Article: "...Congress has instructed NASA to step up the development of a “habitation module” that can take astronauts on deep space missions..."

Source: www.extremetech.com

NASA, deep-space habitat,

It ought to be a crime when crowds riot in malls

Article Title: It ought to be a crime when crowds riot in malls

Snippet of Article: "...It ought to be a crime when large crowds riot in malls. It is as great a crime that riots can take place in a mall putting shoppers at risk of violence ...and not one person be arrested. That is as ridiculous as it is unacceptable...."

Source: It Ought to Be...

Crime, National Guard, Taxes,

Thursday, December 24, 2015

U.S. plans raids to deport illegals who surged across border

Article Title: U.S. plans raids to deport families who surged across border

Snippet of Article: "...The ICE operation would target only adults and children who have already been ordered removed from the United States by an immigration judge..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What is ALEC?

Article Title: What is ALEC?

Snippet of Article: "...It’s an anti-union, anti-worker organization that seeks to cut the pensions and health care benefits of public-sector workers and dismantle collective bargaining rights. In secretive meetings, representatives of corporations and state legislators vote as equals to endorse “model bills” that would diminish workers’ rights and benefit corporations, the group notes. “ALEC is a pay-to-play operation,” the organization says. “Corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists.”..."

Source: www.apwu.org American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC),

Monday, December 21, 2015

FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration Supposed to Go Online Today (Dec. 21)

Article Title: FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration Begins Dec. 21

Snippet of Article: "...December 21–The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry is expected to go live during the day on December 21. Please check the agency’s home page at www.faa.gov for updates..."

Source: www.faa.gov Unmanned Aircraft Registration (FAA)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Secret Service officer shot to death in Washington

Article Title: Secret Service officer shot to death in Washington

Snippet of Article: "...A Secret Service officer assigned to the White House was fatally shot in the Southwest section of Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon..."

Source: www.politico.com

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fed funds rate hike to be announced today

Article Title: Fed rate decision: what to watch for

Snippet of Article: "...The 10 officials setting US monetary policy are forecast to raise the range for the Fed funds rate — the interest banks charge each other overnight to lend reserves kept at the Fed — by a quarter percentage point from 0-0.25 per cent to 0.25-0.5 per cent..."

Source: www.ft.com Fed funds rate hike

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Who says Social Security is going broke? Illegals to be rewarded with Social Security

Article Title: Memo: Illegals To Receive Social Security, Credit For Time Worked Illegally

Snippet of Article: "...Therefore, illegal immigrants who have previously paid into the Social Security system — while using a fraudulent Social Security number, for instance — will be eligible for benefits derived from that system. Those benefits include retirement, disability and survivor payments..."

Source: dailycaller.com executive amnesty (Obama), Illegal Alien Invasion, Social Security benefits,

Monday, December 14, 2015

If you own a drone, you must register it with the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry


Article Title: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration

UAS Registry
Drone Registry
Article: "...If you own a drone, you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register.

  • Review the UAS Registration FAQs to learn more about the program.
  • Read the Aircraft Registration Records System of Records Notice (MS Word).
  • Read the Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft Interim Final Rule (PDF).

Register before January 20, 2016 and your $5 registration fee will be refunded!..."
Source: www.faa.gov FAA's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registration, Drone Registry,

Saturday, December 12, 2015

FBI’s crime lab in Quantico, Va, examining smashed cellphones that may relate to San Bernardino shooters

Article Title: Investigators focused on who San Bernardino shooters were talking to before massacre, officials say

Snippet of Article: "...In addition, agents have recovered two smashed cellphones from a dumpster, and are examining those and other items from the couple’s Redlands home at the FBI’s crime lab in Quantico, Va..."

Source: www.latimes.com

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The US Government Wants IBM to Build Quantum Computers for It

Article Title: The US Government Wants IBM to Build Quantum Computers for It

Snippet of Article: "...quantum computers — which rely on the strange properties of atom-sized logic gates—could have exponentially more power than even today’s most advanced supercomputers. These machines could be used to develop new drugs, crack codes, or potentially even create true artificial intelligence..."

Source: www.nextgov.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Warning: No more free ride on forced Obama Care this year

Article Title: No Obamacare Break This Year, Government Warns

Snippet of Article: "... People who don't have health insurance yet for next year need to hurry up and get it or risk a fine, the federal government warns. And the fine's going up this year. Although the Health and Human Services Department offered a special extension last year to sign up, because many people may not yet have fully understood the requirements, there will be no such break this coming year ..."

Source: www.nbcnews.com Obama Care

Thursday, December 3, 2015

How do I print my 1099R from Services Online?

Article Title: How do I print my 1099R from Services Online?

Snippet of Article: "...After logging in to SOL (https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov/) 1) Select Request a Duplicate Form 1099-R. 2) You can elect to have a duplicate mailed to you or you can view/print the form. 3) At the Request for Duplicate Form 1099-R window, select View or Print (bottom of the window) 4) Select the year for which you want a 1099R and 5) Select view pdf. The 1099-R will open in a new window, as a pdf. If you want to print the 1099R, select File from the new window, scroll down and select Print. You can print current year and two previous years 1099R at Services Online. Note: If you don’t have a claim number and password for Services OnLine, you can email retire@opm.gov or call Retirement Information office at 1-888-767-6738 for a duplicate copy of your 1099R. You will need your CSA or CSF number (or Social Security Number) and date of birth. Make sure your mailing address is correct!..."

Source: www.opm.gov 1099R

Sunday, November 15, 2015

CSRS: When Am I Eligible to Retire?

Article Title: CSRS: When Am I Eligible to Retire?

Snippet of Article: "...There are five categories of benefits under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Eligibility is based on your age and the number of years of creditable service and any other special requirements. In addition, you must have served in a position subject to CSRS coverage for one of the last two years before your retirement. If you meet one of the following sets of requirements, you may be eligible for an immediate retirement benefit. An immediate annuity is one that begins within 30 days after your separation..."

Source: www.opm.gov

FERS: When Am I Eligible to Retire?

Article Title: FERS: When Am I Eligible to Retire?

Snippet of Article: "...Eligibility is determined by your age and number of years of creditable service. In some cases, you must have reached the Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) to receive retirement benefits. Use the following chart to figure your Minimum Retirement Age..."

Source: www.opm.gov

Saturday, November 7, 2015

DEA chief calls medical marijuana a joke

Article Title: DEA chief: Medicinal marijuana is a 'joke'

Snippet of Article: "...Chuck Rosenberg, chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said that smoking marijuana should not be considered medical treatment on Wednesday, calling the notion a "joke." ..."

Source: www.cnbc.com medical marijuana,

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Digitizing the Federal Register

Article Title: Digitizing the Federal Register

Snippet of Article: "...We’re excited to announce that we will be digitizing the remaining Federal Register collection from 1936 to 1994 in the coming months! In partnership with the Government Publishing Office (GPO), the collection will be processed by decade, beginning with 1990-1994. The digital collection will be released in stages as each decade is digitized. This will allow for a gradual release of the collection’s 1,778,521 pages of content. The digital output will be..."

Source: Federal Register www.federalregister.gov

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Here’s How OPM Is Telling Hacked Feds Their Data Was Stolen

Article Title: Here’s How OPM Is Telling Hacked Feds Their Data Was Stolen

Snippet of Article: "..."If you applied for a position or submitted a background investigation form, the information in our records may include your name, Social Security number, address, date and place of birth, residency, educational, and employment history. personal foreign travel history, information about immediate family as well as business and personal acquaintances, and other information used to conduct and adjudicate your background investigation. If your information was listed on a background investigation form by a spouse, or co-habitant, the information in our records may include your name, Social Security number, address, date and place of birth, and in some cases, your citizenship information." The message to people whose biometrics were stolen is more specific: "Since you applied for a position or submitted a background investigation form... Our records also indicate your fingerprints were likely compromised during the cyber intrusion."..."

Source: www.nextgov.com

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Occupational Outlook Handbook


Article Title: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Snippet of Article: "...This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations..."
Source: www.bls.gov

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Will Postal Service Restart Destructive Mail Processing Facility Closures?

Article Title: Warning: Another Attack On Our Postal Service

Snippet of Article: "...have to get rid of several mail-processing facilities, even though this would slow delivery. Other steps – layoffs, along with pay and benefit cuts for the workers who remain – would make the service more “efficient.” Over time, service would degrade and eventually this would all end badly for the public and the employees. (But, of course, that’s the point.) ..."

Source: ourfuture.org

Senate to Pass Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

Article Title: Senate to Pass Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

Snippet of Article: "...The Senate plans to pass a spending bill Wednesday morning to keep the U.S. government running, leaving hours to spare for the House to vote before a potential shutdown...."

Source: www.newsmax.com Spending Bill, Shutdown 2915, Government Shutdown, Federal Shutdown,

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

As the government barrels toward another shutdown, thousands of federal workers say they weren’t fairly compensated for the last one

Article Title: As the government barrels toward another shutdown, thousands of federal workers say they weren’t fairly compensated for the last one

Snippet of Article: "...The employees, from the Defense Department to the Bureau of Prisons, have joined a lawsuit against the government that alleges it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act two years ago. They were told to work during the 16-day shutdown because their jobs were essential to security and safety — but not paid until federal agencies reopened..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com Federal Shutdown, Government Shutdown,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Obama planned to hire 3,100 new federal employees to legalize illegal immigrants before being enjoined by federal courts.

Article Title: Obama planned to hire 3,100 new federal employees to legalize illegal immigrants before being enjoined by federal courts.

Snippet of Article: "...President Obama’s plan to unilaterally legalize millions of illegal immigrants in defiance of Congress, would have required the hiring of 3,100 new full-time federal employees, with benefits, just to process the paperwork. The Obama administration actually did lease an 11-story building in Arlington, Virginia, for $7.8 million per year to accommodate those new hires..."

Source: www.newsworks.org

Friday, September 18, 2015

Comments from Wednesday’s debate on CNN about the government should make you nervous

Article Title: GOP hopefuls spell dread for federal employees

Snippet of Article: "...It must be disheartening for public servants to hear they are part of an inept, corrupt political class that stifles, rather than serves the public. Walker, the union-busting governor of Wisconsin, thinks he has the cure..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Feds offered $235,000 for Norwalk lighthouse

Article Title: Feds offered $235,000 for Norwalk lighthouse

Snippet of Article: "...The property consists of a cast-iron sparkplug style structure with rests on a cast-iron cylindrical foundation. Peck Ledge Lighthouse, built in 1906, is a 54-foot tall “sparkplug” style light. It has three stories of living space, a basement level with cisterns (for storing water), and 360-degree views from its circular deck...."

Source: www.ctpost.com Pecks Ledge Lighthouse

Friday, August 21, 2015

High-level federal employees used work Internet systems to join Ashley Madison

Article Title: High-level federal employees used work Internet systems to join Ashley Madison

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 Ashley Madison