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Open Season creates opportunities for tax savings

Ed Zurndorfer, a registered employees benefits consultant, recommends that feds consider possible tax deductions when choosing a health insurance plan. But hurry, open season ends Dec. 12.

Tags: Pay & Benefit , Ed Zurndorfer , supercommittee , tax breaks , open season ,

Friday - 12/02/2011, 01:04pm EST
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Treasury's paperless initiative means no more paper benefit checks

Those who are already receiving paper checks for federal benefit payments have until March 1, 2013, to sign up for direct deposit or direct express.

Tags: Treasury , Walt Henderson , paperless , green government , Federal Drive , pay and benefits

Friday - 03/02/2012, 10:23am EST
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Debilitating storm? No sweat for teleworking feds

While some federal agencies in Washington, D.C., struggled to get their work done on Monday due to power outages caused by a recent storm, thousands of Patent and Trademark Office employees worked remotely as part of the agency's successful teleworking plan.

Tags: Danette Campbell , In Depth , telework , USPTO , workforce , management ,

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 01:29pm EDT
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TSP numbers bounce back in June

All 10 Thrift Savings Plan funds finished the month of June with positive figures, ending a several month slide into the red. The I Fund grew from -11.40 percent in May to 7.08 percent on June 30.

Tags: TSP , retirement , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board ,

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 09:38am EDT

New SES evaluation process 'important step forward,' expert says

John Palguta, vice president for policy, at the Partnership for Public Service, says the new appraisal process for senior executives is weighted toward obtaining results.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Pubic Service , OMB , John Berry , Jeff Zients , OPM ,

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 11:15am EST
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USPS executives shift to fill interim positions

Joseph Corbett, the Postal Service's chief financial officer, is filling in for Chief Information Officer Ellis Burgoyne, who is on extended sick leave.

Tags: USPS , Federal Drive , management , Joseph Corbett , Ellis Burgoyne ,

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 10:51am EDT

USPS overpays pension obligations by $13.1B, report says

A new inspector general audit revealed that the Postal Service has overfunded its pension benefit obligations by nearly 105 percent. While this might seem to be good news for the cash- strapped agency, legislative action will be required for USPS to get back the $13.1 billion surplus it paid into its employees' pensions.

Tags: USPS , retirement , benefits , FERS , CSRS , Federal Drive , inspector general

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 07:15am EDT

Reverse auctions not all a bed of roses, one expert says

Defense analyst Robert Levinson told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that while reverse auctions can generate significant savings for the federal government, they do have their downside.

Tags: Robert Levinson , DoD , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , reverse auctions , contracting ,

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 11:49am EDT
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Bid protesting system helps agencies police themselves

Steven Maser, a professor of public policy and administration at Willamette University, recently completed a study on the bid protest process. While he acknowledged that the number of bid protests were on the rise, he didn't necessarily think that was a bad thing for agencies and contractors.

Tags: Steven Maser , bid protests , acquisition , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Federal Drive , industry ,

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 12:25pm EDT
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TSP funds continue downward trend in May

Eight of the 10 Thrift Savings Plans posted negative numbers for the month of May, with the two funds posting positive numbers sliding slightly as well.

Tags: TSP , retirement , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board ,

Monday - 06/04/2012, 05:37am EDT
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