Federal Employee News

Monday, May 20, 2019

Homeland Security reportedly warns of Chinese-made drones stealing data


Homeland Security reportedly warns of Chinese-made drones stealing data

DJI Mavic Air
DJI Mavic Air
Snippet of Article: "...The government is concerned commercial drones made in China and used in the US are being used to steal data or infect networks with malware, according to CyberScoop and Politico. An advisory against using these drones would include Chinese drone maker DJI's extensive portfolio, including the DJI Spark, and the DJI Mavic Air ..."
Source: www.cnet.com

Schumer asks the federal government to probe Chinese plans to update NY subway system

Schumer asks the federal government to probe Chinese plans to update NY subway system

Snippet of Article: "...the New York subway system and government agencies must determine whether this poses any threat to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its commuters, Schumer said in a statement to Reuters. "Given what we know about how cyberwarfare works, and recent attacks that have hit transportation and infrastructure hubs..."

Source: www.businessinsider.com

China, cyberwarfare, Transportation and infrastructure hubs

Friday, May 17, 2019

Leaving the TSP for more options? Think again.

Leaving the TSP for more options? Think again.

Snippet of Article: "...if you were planning to move everything, or anything, out of the TSP, you might want to checkout the upcoming changes, which for many, could result in the best of both investing and safety worlds..."

Source: federalnewsnetwork.com

TSP

Thursday, May 9, 2019

House members quietly explore taking a pay raise this year

House members quietly explore taking a pay raise this year

Snippet of Article: "...unless lawmakers vote to overturn it. Democrats opted not to try to kill the pay raise in drafting the legislative branch spending bill..."

Source: www.nbcnews.com

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

9,500 new TSP millionaires

9,500 new TSP millionaires

Snippet of Article: "...At the end of March, the number of both active and retired federal workers with $1 million plus accounts stood at 32,638, up from 23,098 in March 2018. The vast majority of TSP millionaires are rank and file workers who’ve been investing an average of 30 years. Virtually all of them are heavily, or exclusively, invested in the federal 401K plans C and stock, large and small cap, funds..."

Source: federalnewsnetwork.com

TSP

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Senator Scott Wilk Urges Congress To ‘Fix’ Retirement’ Policy

Senator Scott Wilk Urges Congress To ‘Fix’ Retirement’ Policy

Snippet of Article: "...The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), were passed in the 1970s in an effort to prevent “double-dipping” from social security and other government pensions, according to Wilk The GPO does so by cutting benefits when an individual receives a government pension, and their spouse is eligible for social security from non-government employment..."

Source: www.hometownstation.com

Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), Government Pension Offset (GPO), Senator Scott Wilk,

Friday, April 12, 2019

AFGE Applauds Introduction of Senate Bill to Provide Paid Family Leave to Federal Workers

AFGE Applauds Introduction of Senate Bill to Provide Paid Family Leave to Federal Workers

Snippet of Article: "...Thank you to Senator Schatz for introducing this important legislation, which would provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid leave for reasons covered by the Family Medical Leave Act, including a new child, a family illness, or issues involving military deployments. The Senate bill, S 1174, is a companion to HR 1534, which was introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney in March and currently has 27 bipartisan cosponsors. "Federal employees currently receive no paid time off for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child, or to address other family medical emergencies..."

Source: finance.yahoo.com

Paid Family Leave, Family Leave,

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Federal Union Wants Congress to Ask TSA Chief About Orlando Bullying Reports

Federal Union Wants Congress to Ask TSA Chief About Orlando Bullying Reports

Snippet of Article: "...The largest union of government employees is calling on Congress to question the TSA administrator about reports of bullying and retaliation at Orlando International Airport, which were brought to light by a Spectrum News Watchdog Investigation..."

Source: www.baynews9.com

TSA, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE),

Monday, April 8, 2019

Trump approves pay raise for federal workers retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019

Trump approves pay raise for federal workers

Snippet of Article: "...President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order allowing Congressionally approved 1.9 percent pay raises for federal workers to go into effect, retroactive to Jan. 1...."

Source: thehill.com

2019 Federal Employee Pay Raise, Federal pay raise,

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Here are 3 reasons you should get a Roth IRA

Here are 3 reasons you should get a Roth IRA

Snippet of Article: "...But most advisers have this to say about Roth IRAs. “The Roth is the second-best deal in the tax code,” says William Harris, a certified financial planner and retirement management adviser..."

Source: www.usatoday.com

Roth

Trump Administration Proposes Eliminating Pensions for Some New Feds

Trump Administration Proposes Eliminating Pensions for Some New Feds

Snippet of Article: "...Under the new program, those workers would be enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan, which operates similarly to a private sector 401(k) retirement plan, but would not be eligible for a federal pension..."

Source: www.govexec.com

pensions, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP),

S&P 500 futures flat after report finds no Trump campaign collusion with Russia

S&P 500 futures flat after report finds no Trump campaign collusion with Russia

Snippet of Article: "...after U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Special Counsel Robert Mueller had found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russia..."

Source: www.reuters.com

Trump Bump, Trump Legacy, No Collusion With Russia (Trump Investigation Results), S&P 500, C Fund, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP),

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Trump's Postal Reform Proposals Met With Criticism From Lawmakers, USPS Management

Trump's Postal Reform Proposals Met With Criticism From Lawmakers, USPS Management

Snippet of Article: "...proposed the Postal Service join the rest of government in not allowing its employees to negotiate over pay. Multiple members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee rejected that suggestion, while David Williams, a recently sworn-in member of the agency’s board of governors, said he could think of “no way at all” such an approach would address the most significant drivers of USPS’s precarious financial situation..."

Source: www.govexec.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Trump 2020 budget targets feds’ health and retirement benefits

Trump 2020 budget targets feds’ health and retirement benefits

Snippet of Article: "...The budget would also eliminate the Special Retirement Supplement, which provides additional funds for those employees that retire before age 62, when Social Security kicks in. This is especially relevant for positions like law enforcement personnel, who have a mandatory retirement age that is earlier than 62. The plan would also reduce the interest rate on the Thrift Savings Plan’s G Fund..."

Source: www.federaltimes.com

Special Retirement Supplement (SRS), FERS, Attack on the Working Class, G Fund Interest Rate, TSP, Trump (2020 Budget Proposals), Destruction of Federal Employee Retirement,

Monday, March 11, 2019

U.S. Postal Service contract proposals reek of contempt for the workforce

U.S. Postal Service APWU contract proposals reek of contempt for the workforce

APWU Contract Negotiations Update: Management and Union Exchange Final Economic Proposals

Snippet of Article: "...USPS economic proposals are nothing short of draconian and regressive. Their proposals include: No increase in pay rates – a freeze for current employees: One lump sum payment in lieu of the usual annual pay raise; Lump sum payments in lieu of COLAs. Decreasing the career workforce..."

Source: www.apwu.org

Worst Places to Work, Poor Wages, Draconian Organization (USPS), contempt for the workforce (USPS), Destruction of the working class, Anti-Employee Organizations,

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Formerly furloughed federal worker claims $29.5M jackpot

Formerly furloughed federal worker claims $29.5M jackpot

Snippet of Article: "...who had been a furloughed federal employee, finally claimed her $29.5 million jackpot..."

Source: www.ajc.com

Lottery Winners (Federal Workers),

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Support This Now: New Social Security Legislation Introduced

New Social Security Legislation Introduced

Snippet of Article: "...This looming problem is due to the cap on payroll taxes at $132,900, meaning each person only pays the 12.4 percent Social Security tax up to that amount, no matter how much income they earn. The vast majority of workers pay the full 12.4 percent on most of their income – Jeff Bezos, by comparison, pays about .00028 percent of his income. Sen. Sanders’s bill, first introduced in the Senate in 2017, would remove this cap, and require those making over $250,000 per year to pay full Social Security taxes. The bill also includes a new 6.2 percent tax on single people with investment income above $200,000 and couples above $250,000. In addition to keeping Social Security fully solvent, the bill would increase benefits for all Social Security recipients, provide higher cost-of-living..."

Source: www.apwu.org

Expand Social Security Act, Social Security, Bernie Sanders,

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Law Will Be on President Trump’s Side If He Declares an Emergency to Fund His Wall

The Law Will Be on Trump’s Side If He Declares an Emergency to Fund His Wall

Snippet of Article: "... 'Good government,' Hamilton explained in Federalist No. 70, requires “energy in the executive,' which is 'essential to the protection of the community from foreign attacks' and 'the steady administration of the laws.' In this case, the web of congressional authorizations and emergency powers does not contradict the constitutional scheme, but instead amplifies it. Not only do presidents still have some reservoir of constitutional authority to declare emergencies, but Congress has seen fit to enhance it with the right to re-allocate spending to support such a declaration. Despite the pleas of administration critics, the Supreme Court will almost certainly agree..."

Source: www.nationalreview.com

Emergency Need for Border Wall, Can the President declare a 'National Emergency' to build a border protection wall? Yes, national emergency, Trump Legacy,

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘Nobody Cares About Us.’ Federal Contract Workers Who Won’t Get Back Pay Feel Forgotten After Government Shutdown

‘Nobody Cares About Us.’ Federal Contract Workers Who Won’t Get Back Pay Feel Forgotten After Government Shutdown

Snippet of Article: "...She had her car repossessed. She couldn’t afford to buy her grandchildren’s favorite lunches and snacks. After missing January rent payments, Williams now worries about the possibility of eviction and is starting to pack her bags for a potential move to North Carolina, where her mother left a home behind..."

Source: www.yahoo.com

Contract Workers, Shutdown 2018, Shutdown 2019,

Sunday, January 27, 2019

President Makes Sure Feds Get Pay This Week, Now Dems Need to Protect U.S. Borders

Federal employees will get back pay this week after shutdown

Snippet of Article: "...The estimated 800,000 federal employees who have gone without paychecks during the government shutdown should almost all get their back pay by week's end..."

Source: www.usatoday.com

Shutdown 2018, Shutdown 2019, Border Wall, Border Protection,

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hundreds of IRS employees are skipping work. That could delay tax refunds

Hundreds of IRS employees are skipping work. That could delay tax refunds

Snippet of Article: "...Many of the IRS employees who are choosing not to come to work despite getting called back are taking advantage of a provision in the union contract that allows them to miss work if they suffer a “hardship” during a shutdown, according to the labor groups. That could mean a blown car tire, an empty gas tank..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Shutdown 2018, Shutdown 2019, IRS, Border Wall, Border Protection, Illegal Immigrants vs Legal Working Class,

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

NARFE Applauds President Trump for Signing Back Pay Bill for Federal Workers Furloughed Due to Shutdown

NARFE Applauds President Trump for Signing Back Pay Bill for Federal Workers Furloughed Due to Shutdown

Snippet of Article: "...NARFE applauds President Trump for signing into law the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act so that furloughed and working federal employees promptly receive back pay once the shutdown ends. While the longest shutdown in American history continues with no end in sight, this law provides some sense of certainty to hardworking federal employees struggling to survive during this political nightmare through no fault of their own..."

Source: www.narfe.org

Shutdown 2018, Shutdown 2019, Federal government shutdown news, Back Pay,

Friday, January 18, 2019

U.S. Postal Service Expands Wounded Warriors Leave

U.S. Postal Service Expands Wounded Warriors Leave

Snippet of Article: "...The USPS has decided to expand the Wounded Warrior Leave policy by providing 104 hours of Wounded Warrior Leave to veterans with a service connected disability rating of..."

Source: NPMHU

Wounded Warriors Leave

Friday, January 11, 2019

Yes, The President Can Declare A 'National Emergency' To Build A Wall

Yes, The President Can Declare A 'National Emergency' To Build A Wall

Snippet of Article: "...The president is correct Some scholars of presidential emergency powers say there is next to nothing, at least procedurally, that Capitol Hill could do to stop Trump from exercising what lawmakers of all stripes agree is his right to declare a national emergency. "Congress chose not to put any substantial — or really any — barriers on the president's ability to declare a national emergency," says Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program..."

Source: National Public Radio

Can the President declare a 'National Emergency to build a border protection wall? Yes,

Federal Workers Hoping President Trump Will Declare a National Emergency to End Shutdown and Fund Border Protection Wall

Congress leaves town as federal workers miss their first paycheck

Snippet of Article: "...Lawmakers are bracing for Trump to declare a national emergency after negotiations to end the shutdown fizzled..."

Source: www.politico.com

Protection of U.S. Border, Border Wall, Shutdown 2018, Shutdown 2019, national emergency, Emergency Need for Border Wall,

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Shutdown: Dems, Republican Politicians Do Not Care About The Working Class, Just Care About Illegal Immigrants

Remember this at election time.
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As Government Shutdown Goes On, Workers’ Finances Fray: ‘Nobody Signed Up for This’

Snippet of Article: "...Keller, a single mother who works for the federal Census Bureau, used to live paycheck to paycheck. Now, she is living nothing to nothing. Payday would have come this week for Ms. Keller, 42, and many of the 800,000 other federal workers across the country caught up in the partial government shutdown..."

Source: www.nytimes.com

Senate, House, Shutdown 2018, Shutdown 2019, 2020 Elections, Illegal Immigrants vs Legal Working Class, Destruction of Lower Middle-Class,

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Official U.S. Government Surplus Buying Site

Buying from the U.S. Government

Snippet of Article: "...Find out about surplus sales, collectibles, and other items available through purchase or auction..."

Source: www.usa.gov

Government Surplus, Military Surplus, Government Auctions, Government Sales,

Friday, January 4, 2019

Shutdown: Dems' Protecting Illegals While Holding Government Employee Middle Class Hostage

IRS to take taxpayer's money in a shutdown but not issue refunds, plan says

Snippet of Article: "...As budget negotiations to reopen the government have stalled over President Donald Trump's demand for funding to build a border wall, the risk is growing that tax refunds could be delayed if furloughed IRS workers don't return to work..."

Source: www.usatoday.com

IRS, Illegal Immigrants vs Legal Working Class, Shutdown 2018, Shutdown 2019, Border Wall, Protection of U.S. Border, Illegal Alien Invasion,

Monday, December 31, 2018

Shutdown: Dems' on vacation while holding government workers hostage to protect illegals

Dems take it easy as government shutdown continues

Snippet of Article: "...Nancy Pelosi traveled nearly 5,000 miles away from Washington, DC. The Dem was holed up at the Fairmont Orchid Resort in Kona, Hawaii...Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a furious Trump critic, was relaxing last week in the Bahamas, where she took in a traditional post-Christmas parade...President Trump has been left to seethe in the nation’s capital, where he decided to stay"

Source: nypost.com

Destruction of America's working class, Illegal Immigration, Shutdown 2018, Shutdown 2019,

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Shutdown: Dems’ New Year’s resolution: Stiff president on the wall and reopen the government

Shutdown: Dems’ New Year’s resolution: Stiff president on the wall and reopen the government

Snippet of Article: "...House Democrats — increasingly convinced they’re winning the shutdown fight with President... — are plotting ways to reopen the government while denying the president even a penny more for his border wall when they take power Jan. 3..."

Source: www.politico.com

Shutdown 2018, Border Wall, Illegal Immigration,

Shutdown: Illegal Immigrants vs Federal Workers. Who Will the House Protect?

‘Funny,’ top Dems get paid in shutdown but border agents don’t, says head of US Border Patrol Council

Snippet of Article: "...U.S. Border Patrol Council pointed out the irony inherent in the border security debate amid the partial government shutdown. Art Del Cueto noted that top Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will continue to receive a paycheck as the federal government entered a partial shutdown over a heated disagreement over funding of President Donald Trump’s border wall..."

Source: www.bizpacreview.com

Destruction of America's working class, Destruction of America, Illegal Immigration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Border Wall,

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Rep. Meadows tells federal employees who won’t get paid during shutdown: You signed up for this

Rep. Meadows tells federal employees who won’t get paid during shutdown: You signed up for this

Snippet of Article: "...To the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who will work without pay or be furloughed over the holidays if there is a government shutdown, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says it is just part of the risk of working in public service..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Trump signs executive order giving Christmas Eve off to federal employees

Trump signs executive order giving Christmas Eve off to federal employees

Snippet of Article: "...Federal employees were offered an early holiday gift this year from President Trump when he signed an executive order that relieved workers from their duties on Christmas Eve. The decree issued on Tuesday on the White House’s website declared that every executive department and agencies operating within the government “shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday.” However..."

Source: www.foxnews.com

Christmas Eve Holiday 2018, Trump Legacy,

Friday, December 7, 2018

Congress delays federal pay raise decision, avoids shutdown

Congress delays federal pay raise decision, avoids shutdown

Snippet of Article: "...feds will have to wait to find out whether a proposed 1.9 percent raise will be put into effect for 2019. Both the House and Senate unanimously passed a second continuing resolution..."

Source: www.federaltimes.com

Federal pay raise, 2019 Federal Employee Pay Raise, Shutdown 2018,

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

George H. W. Bush we wish you 'fair winds and following seas'

George H. W. Bush we wish you 'fair winds and following seas'

http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/image.php?id=957
Snippet of Article: "...George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American statesman and Republican Party politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989; he had previously been a U.S. Representative, Ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. During his career in public service, he was known simply as George Bush; after his eldest son George W. Bush became President of the United States in 2001, he was referred to as "George H. W. Bush", "Bush 41", or "George Bush Sr"..."
Source: wikipedia.org

George H. W. Bush

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

Snippet of Article: "... Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Bush postponed his university studies, enlisted in the United States Navy on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy at the time. He served until September 1945 (the last President to have participated in the war), and then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas, where he entered the oil business and became a millionaire by the age of 40 in 1964. Soon after founding his own oil company, Bush became involved in politics. He was defeated in his first election, for the U.S. Senate in 1964, but won election to the House of Representatives from Texas's 7th district in 1966. He was re-elected in 1968 but was defeated for election to the Senate again in 1970. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed Bush as Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1973, Bush became the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The following year, President Gerald Ford appointed Bush as Chief of the Liaison Office in China and later reassigned Bush to the position of Director of Central Intelligence. Bush ran for president in 1980, but was defeated in the Republican primary by Ronald Reagan. Reagan chose Bush as his running mate, and Bush became vice president after the Reagan–Bush ticket won the 1980 election. During his eight-year tenure as vice president, Bush headed administration task forces on deregulation and prosecuting the war on drugs. In 1988, Bush ran a successful campaign to succeed Reagan as president..."

Source: www.whitehouse.gov

George H.W. Bush, Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush,The longest-lived president in American history (94 years, 171 days), December 5 2018 as a National Day of Mourning,

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Federal Employee Visited 9,000 Porn Sites in Less Than 7 Months, Auditor Found

Federal Employee Visited 9,000 Porn Sites in Less Than 7 Months, Auditor Found

Snippet of Article: "...The Interior Department inspector general released new details about the employee whose browsing habits allowed Russian malware onto government networks..."

Source: www.nextgov.com

Russian malware on government networks, malware, Porn At Work,

Monday, November 12, 2018

How do i get the 1.1% instead of 1% for the FERS Basic Annuity Formula Computation?

How do i get the 1.1% instead of 1% for the FERS Basic Annuity Formula Computation?

The following explains the 1.1% vs 1% FERS Basic Annuity Formula Computation (opm.gov):

  • Under Age 62 at Separation for Retirement, OR Age 62 or Older With Less Than 20 Years of Service Formula: 1 percent of your high-3 average salary for each year of service
  • Age 62 or Older at Separation With 20 or More Years of Service Formula: 1.1 percent of your high-3 average salary for each year of service
  • Source: www.opm.gov

    1% vs 1.1% FERS Basic Annuity Formula, FERS Basic Annuity Formula Computation,

    Monday, November 5, 2018

    Viewing adult content resulted in malware infection on USGS networks

    Viewing adult content resulted in malware infection on USGS networks

    Snippet of Article: "...the anonymous person used the work computer to visit more than 9000 pornographic websites. Many of them were Russian-based and contained malware which, after getting into the system, managed to spread thru the entire USGS network. In addition to the infected network, an unnamed employee infected the Android phone. After downloading the pornographic content to the device, the suspect connected it to the computer which was government-issued and let the malware to the network..."

    Source: www.2-spyware.com

    malware

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    The Facts on recent Tax Cuts: You got screwed while the the wealthy and corporations garner record profits

    We now know the real winners of the Trump tax cuts

    Snippet of Article: "...Trump tax cuts are unpopular because many people feel they benefit businesses and high earners more than middle-class workers. This year’s tax-receipt numbers back that up. Individual income-tax receipts rose from $1.587 trillion in fiscal 2017 to $1.684 trillion in 2018. That’s a 6.1% increase. Much of that is due to a growing economy and population growth. Cut in corporate tax rate Business-tax receipts, by contrast, plunged from $297 billion in 2017 to $206 billion in 2018, a 31% decline driven by the cut in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. The portion of federal revenue that comes from business taxes has been dropping for years, and it fell from 7.5% in 2017 to 5% in 2018. Individual income-tax payments account for 41% of federal revenue...."

    Source: yahoo.com

    Who Pays America's Bills? The working class provides 41% of federal revenue vs business tax revenue at 5% (2018)