Friday, February 5, 2016

Fed raised the Federal funds rate in December: These declines are not what the market anticipated

Article Title: Average U.S. Mortgage Interest Rates Decline for 5th Straight Week
Snippet of Article: "...These declines are not what the market anticipated when the Fed raised the Federal funds rate in December. For now, though, sub-4-percent mortgage rates are providing a longer-than-expected opportunity for mortgage borrowers to refinance..."


Source: www.boston.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Federal funds rate, [/tag]

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What are other countries doing to counter overwhelming influx of illegals and refugees?

Article Title: Danish Law Requires Asylum Seekers to Hand Over Valuables
Snippet of Article: "...LONDON — Denmark passed a law on Tuesday requiring newly arrived asylum seekers to hand over valuables, including jewelry and gold, to help pay for their stay in the country. The move underscored an anti-immigration backlash that has prompted several European countries to seek ways to discourage migrants from entering...."


Source: www.nytimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, fighting illegal immigration, refugees (asylum seekers), [/tag]

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Presidential Election Update: Donald Trump-Bernie Sanders race may be in works

Article Title: Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Donald Trump-Bernie Sanders race may be in works
Snippet of Article: "...Trump, of course, remains atop all of the polls for the GOP nomination. And now Bernie Sanders is crushing Hillary in CNN/WMUR’s latest New Hampshire poll, 60 percent to 33 percent. That’s right, Bernie has a 27-point lead among New Hampshire Democrats..."


Source: www.indystar.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, 2016 presidential race, [/tag]

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Treasury Department concerned about illicit money flowing into luxury real estate

Article Title: U.S. Will Track Secret Buyers of Luxury Real Estate
Snippet of Article: "...The initiative is part of a broader federal effort to increase the focus on money laundering in real estate. Treasury and federal law enforcement officials said they were putting greater resources into investigating luxury real estate sales that involve shell companies like limited liability companies, often known as L.L.C.s; partnerships; and other entities..."


Source: www.nytimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sailors returned after Iran captures U.S. Navy boats


Article Title: Iran releases 10 US Navy sailors after boat drifted in Persian Gulf
Snippet of Article: "...Iran's Revolutionary Guard released 10 U.S. Navy sailors who were detained after two small Riverine boats crossed into Iranian territorial waters, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday. A statement said that the sailors and the boats left the Iranian naval base where they had been held shortly before 9 a.m. GMT (4 a.m. EST)..."

Source: www.foxnews.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Iran holds 10 U.S. sailors

Article Title: Iran holds 10 U.S. sailors but pledges to release them soon, Pentagon says
Snippet of Article: "...The Iranian military took control of two U.S. Navy vessels and their crew Tuesday..."


Source: www.washingtonpost.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Monday, January 11, 2016

Government releases updated dietary guidelines

Article Title: Government releases updated dietary guidelines
Snippet of Article: "...latest dietary guidelines, released Thursday, seek to help Americans reduce their likelihood of disease and obesity through a more healthful diet. The newest guidance comes down hard on..."


Source: www.crainsdetroit.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Saturday, January 9, 2016

TSA protecting you as 37 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation

Article Title: TSA Week in Review: Black Powder, Smoke Grenades, Guns and More - January 1 – 7
Snippet of Article: "...37 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 37 firearms discovered, 30 were loaded and 15 had a round chambered. All of the firearms..."


Source: tsa.gov

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Iran rocket launch near US ship latest challenge

Article Title: ‘Highly provocative’: Iran rocket launch near US ship latest challenge for Washington
Snippet of Article: "...latest challenge was a missile launch over the weekend less than a mile from a U.S. aircraft carrier -- which came on the heels of two other similar incidents, two ballistic missile tests, and the harsh treatment of American prisoners including a Washington Post journalist..."


Source: www.foxnews.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Secret Service agent's gun, badge stolen near White House

Article Title: Secret Service agent's gun, badge stolen near White House
Snippet of Article: "...The report lists a black Sig Sauer handgun, an APX6000 radio, handcuffs, a USB flash drive, a Black PATAGONIA bagBlack PATAGONIA bag and a Secret Service badge, number 1266, as the stolen items. The agent, who isn't named in the report but who a source said works in the Presidential Protective Division, saw a person reaching into the vehicle, the report states, "but didn't see him take anything out."..."


Source: www.cnn.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Polluted nuclear weapons site to become tourist destination

Article Title: Polluted nuclear weapons site to become tourist destination
Snippet of Article: "...Thousands of people are expected next year to tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, home of the world's first full-sized nuclear reactor, near Richland, about 200 miles east of Seattle in south-central Washington...."


Source: www.foxnews.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Hanford Nuclear Reservation, [/tag]

Friday, December 18, 2015

2016 Federal Employee Pay Raise

Article Title: Federal employees on tap for pay raise after Congress takes no action
Snippet of Article: "...That represents the third straight year that Congress has followed such a strategy of action by inaction on the raise..."


Source: www.washingtonpost.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, 2016 Federal Employee Pay Raise, [/tag]

Thursday, December 17, 2015

700,000 member Communication Workers of America Union (CWA) endorses Bernie Sanders

Article Title: CWA Endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders for President
Snippet of Article: "... 'Bernie Sanders stands with working families against corporate greed, against Wall Street and the big banks, against politics as usual. He stands against the flood of money in politics that’s corrupting our democracy and attacking the right to vote. He knows that we have to take on the rich and powerful special interests to turn around this economy and end the 40 years of stagnant wages that working families have endured. 'He’s the candidate who can do it, and we are going to help him..."


Source: www.cwa-union.org

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Bernie Sanders, Communication Workers of America Union (CWA), [/tag]

Budget Deal: More Corporate Welfare; Oil Industry to Export American Oil to Raise U.S. Prices, Oil Refiners get tax credits...

Article Title: Why oil is a big winner in Washington's budget deal
Snippet of Article: "...Leaders in Congress have reached a major compromise that would avert a government shutdown -- and it brings lots of goodies to Corporate America..."


Source: money.cnn.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Terrorist Attack Identifies No Evidence of Connection to Terrorist Cell

Article Title: No evidence California attackers were part of terrorist cell: FBI head
Snippet of Article: "...There is no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell, the head of the FBI said on Wednesday, echoing investigators' views that the pair were inspired by, rather than organized by Islamic State..."


Source: www.reuters.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Why the FBI was notified about cell phones bought in Missouri

...has been concluded that these transactions were unrelated to terrorism

Article Title: Why the FBI was notified about cell phones bought in Missouri
Snippet of Article: "...Employees also notified police when someone bought 50 cell phones in Columbia, Mo., and news reports began stacking up, with a total of five cities in Missouri reporting unusual sales of pre-paid cell phones along with thefts of propane tanks..."


Source: www.csmonitor.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, unusual sales of pre-paid cell phones, Burner Phones for Sale, FBI, propane tank theft, [/tag]

Friday, December 11, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Will Retired Federal Employees Still Receive Their Annuity Payments During a Shutdown?

Article Title: Will Retired Federal Employees Still Receive Their Annuity Payments During a Shutdown?
Snippet of Article: "...The possibility of a shutdown is again looming at the end of the week. What impact does a partial government shutdown have on your annuity payments should it take place?..."


Source: fedsmith.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

While Donald Trump tries to defend America, politicians, the naive, and the oblivious go on the attack

Article Title: Donald Trump Defends Call to Block Muslims, Citing Roosevelt
Snippet of Article: "...“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” Mr. Trump wrote in a statement..."


Source: www.nytimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Thursday, December 3, 2015

F.B.I Treating San Bernardino Attack as Counterterrorism Investigation

Article Title: F.B.I Treating San Bernardino Attack as Counterterrorism Investigation
Snippet of Article: "...Law enforcement officials said the F.B.I. had uncovered evidence that Mr. Farook was in contact over several years with extremists domestically and abroad, including at least one person in the United States who was investigated for suspected terrorism by federal authorities in recent years..."


Source: www.nytimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act (H.R. 313 and S. 242)

Article Title: Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act Signed Into Law
Snippet of Article: "...The Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act (H.R. 313 and S. 242), introduced by Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and backed by the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, was signed into law by President Obama on November 5, 2015. The legislation will provide up to 104 hours of paid sick leave to any new Federal or Postal employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more, primarily for the purpose of undergoing medical treatment for such disability..."


Source: www.npmhu.org

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Act (H.R. 313 and S. 242), Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), [/tag]

Monday, November 16, 2015

Start your FREE governmental search for missing money

Start your FREE governmental search for missing money

Article Title: Start your FREE governmental search for missing money
Snippet of Article: "...site will assist you in thoroughly searching all participating states to find your family's missing, lost, and unclaimed property, money and assets. MissingMoney.com has the most updated information for the state and provincial offices, their websites with contact information and property listings. Searches and claiming are always FREE. Information goes securely and directly to the state/provincial unclaimed property office..."


Source: https://www.missingmoney.com/

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Friday, November 13, 2015

Get your FREE North Pole Postmark for Your Christmas Santa Letters


North Pole Postmark
North Pole Postmark
Article Title: Get your FREE North Pole Postmark for Your Christmas Santa Letters
Snippet of Article: "...Welcome from the North Pole in Alaska! Santa has provided this official looking North Pole Postmark for your Santa letters and other Christmas crafts. Santa offers his official looking custom North Pole cancellation mark to be cut, copied and pasted to be adhered to the letters from Santa. Imagine your children's joy when they see an official letter postmarked from the North Pole, Alaska. We also offer a free Santa letter from the North Pole..."

Source: Free North Pole Postmark
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Free North Pole Postmark, [/tag]

American Postal Workers Union Executive Board Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

Article Title: American Postal Workers Union Executive Board Endorses Bernie Sanders for President
Snippet of Article: "...“Politics as usual has not worked. It’s time for a political revolution,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not by what we think they stand for, but by what they do. Applying that criterion, Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country. “He doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk,” he said. “He is a leader in the fight to protect the public Postal Service.”..."


Source: www.apwu.org

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Veterans Day Salute


50's Era Veterans Day Photo
Article Title: Veterans Day
Snippet of Article: "...Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces..."

Source: wikipedia.org
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Veterans Day [/tag]

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

OPM FAQ: What is a Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) plus 10 annuity under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)?

Article Title: What is a Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) plus 10 annuity under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)?
OPM states that the Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) plus 10 annuity under FERS ' is a provision that allows you to retire with benefits beginning immediately if you have ten years of service and have reached the Minimum Retirement Age (at least 55). However, the annuity is reduced for each month you are under age 62. The reduction equals five percent per year (or 5/12 of one percent per month). To avoid the reduction, you can postpone payment. You can later apply for the benefit by writing to us or filing an "Application for Deferred or Postponed Retirement," Form RI 92-19. You should submit the form two months before you want the benefit to begin. [Reference Source Link: https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/retirement-faqs/]'


Source: Federal Employee News

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) plus 10 annuity (FERS), Form RI 92-19, [/tag]

Sunday, November 8, 2015

OPM shifts focus in monthly retirement reports

Article Title: OPM shifts focus in monthly retirement reports
Snippet of Article: "...Ken Zawodny, associate director of retirement services at OPM, said the agency tweaked the focus of its monthly updates to more accurately reflect the kind of information federal employees and retirees will need to make decisions about their retirement..."


Source: federalnewsradio.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Thursday, October 29, 2015

FEHB Health Plan Information and Comparison for Your Area (2015 Open Season)

Article Title: FEHB Health Plan Information and Comparison for Your Area (2015 Open Season)
Snippet of Article: "...As health plans rise an average of 7.4% and postal wages stagnate, this is the time to reevaluate your health, dental and vision plans. The OPM site we reference HERE allows you to..."


Source: npmhu317.blogspot.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, 2015 FEHB open season, 2016 FEHB open season, [/tag]

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Paul Ryan plans ‘very hostile to federal employees’

Article Title: Van Hollen: Ryan plans ‘very hostile to federal employees’
Snippet of Article: "...“Here’s what we know,” Van Hollen said in an interview. “We know that the Ryan budget is very hostile toward federal employees. It would dramatically cut their effective pay. The Ryan budgets have always looked to federal employees as a piggy bank to be used to reduce the deficit..."


Source: www.washingtonpost.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Paul Ryan, [/tag]

Monday, October 26, 2015

FBI chief tries to deal with the 'Ferguson effect'

Article Title: FBI chief tries to deal with the 'Ferguson effect'
Snippet of Article: "...In some cities, police officers privately report holding back on making stops for fear of ending up the next YouTube "bad cop" sensation. They call it the Ferguson effect..."


Source: www.cnn.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, 'Ferguson effect', FBI, FBI Director James Comey, [/tag]