Federal Employee News

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Authority to Redeposit Refunds under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)

Article Title: Authority to Redeposit Refunds under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)

Snippet of Article: "...Section 1904 of the NDAA now provides the authority for FERS employees who took a refund of their FERS deductions to make a redeposit of the amount refunded, plus interest. FERS employees who took a re fund of CSRS deductions covering CSRS service that is credited under FERS rules may also make a redeposit fo r that service to re - establish full retirement credit for that service. The FERS redeposit for refunded CSRS service will be based on the a ppropriate percentage of the employee’s basic pay that is required for credit under FERS as noted in the table below, plus interest. Interest for a FERS redeposit begins to accrue from the date the employee received the refund of the retirement deductions. ..."

Source: www.opm.gov

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

U.S. government is discussing a range of options in response to the Sony hacking

Article Title: North Korea Websites Restored Following Outage

Snippet of Article: "...Just days ago, President Barack Obama warned the U.S. would retaliate for what Washington says is North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures. A State Department spokeswoman, when asked about the situation, declined comment. However, she did say the U.S. government is discussing a range of options in response to the Sony hacking, some of which, she said, will be "seen" and some that "may not be seen." ..."

Source: www.voanews.com

Monday, December 22, 2014

Federal workers get Dec. 26 off but not postal workers

Article Title: Business as usual for USPS on Dec 26

Snippet of Article: "...President Obama's Executive Order only applies to "executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government." The Postal Service will treat December 26, 2014 as a normal business day. See the December 9, 2014 memorandum to Local Presidents (pdf)..."

Source: www.npmhu.org

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cyber Breach at KeyPoint may potentially expose Federal Employees personal data

Article Title: Personal information on 50,000 federal employees exposed; hackers breach contractor system

Snippet of Article: "...A company that conducts background checks for the federal government - including investigations on Alabama workers - has been breached, potentially exposing personal data of tens of thousands of federal employees...."

Source: www.al.com

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Federal workforce now has a cybersecurity job code listed in its description

Article Title: Cybersecurity codes now attached to jobs governmentwide

Snippet of Article: "...Every position in the federal workforce now has a cybersecurity job code listed in its description for more effective tracking of the lagging cyber workforce, even if the job isn’t cybersecurity-related. ..."

Source: fedscoop.com cybersecurity job code

Friday, December 12, 2014

Spending Bill protects banks again, does nothing to save Postal Service mail processing network, permits extremely large political donations

Article Title: Congress Deal to Avoid Shutdown Includes Victory for Banks

Snippet of Article: "...The measure would allow a tenfold increase in donations that individuals can give national political parties each year, to $324,000 from $32,400, according to a statement by Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21. The non-partisan group advocates for changes to campaign finance laws. ..."

Source: www.bloomberg.com

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Obama's decision to replace Goldway as PRC Chair raises a couple of important questions

Article Title: Prez throws PRC Chair under the bus, WaPo misses the bus completely

Snippet of Article: "...Obama's decision to replace Goldway raises a couple of important questions. Why did Obama replace a Democratic chairman with a Republican? And why has the president not taken care to give the PRC a Democratic majority? The PRC normally has five commissioners, so Obama could have easily made sure three of them were Democrats. Instead, he has made appointments giving the Republicans the majority. ..."

Source: www.savethepostoffice.com Destruction of US Postal Service Mail Processing Network

Executive Order: ...Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014

Article Title: Merry Christmas to Federal Employees: Extra Paid Holiday Announced for Dec. 26

Snippet of Article: "...President Obama signed an executive order late this week that reads: “All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014, the day after Christmas Day….”..."

Source: www.fedsmith.com