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OPM Announces CHCO Council Changes

OPM Announces CHCO Council Changes

Read the recent memo from OPM Director, Jeff Pon.

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VA Using Predictive Analytics to Address Veteran Suicides

VA Using Predictive Analytics to Address Veteran Suicides

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is having early successes with a new suicide prevention program that uses predictive data analytics to examine trends and identify patients most at-risk of suicide, according to Federal News Radio.

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Retirement Planning Tips

Retirement Planning Tips

Written by Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies (WAEPA) – A non-profit association formed in 1943 and governed by Federal Employees.

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Senate panel approves Pompeo to be top U.S. diplomat

Senate panel approves Pompeo to be top U.S. diplomat

A U.S. Senate committee approved the nomination of President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Monday after a Republican senator who had been opposed threw his support behind the CIA director.

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Still Time to Celebrate National Park Week

Still Time to Celebrate National Park Week

Missed last week’s show? Stream online anytime and learn about all the activities in store for the duration of National Park week.

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Senate Delays VA Confirmation Hearing Amid Allegations

Senate Delays VA Confirmation Hearing Amid Allegations

The U.S. Senate announced this week that it had placed on indefinite hold a previously scheduled confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson.

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Ninth Circuit: Prior Salary Alone Cannot Justify Wage Differential under Equal Pay Act

Ninth Circuit: Prior Salary Alone Cannot Justify Wage Differential under Equal Pay Act

After hearing argument en banc late last year to “clarify the law,” the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on April 9, 2018, holding that prior salary alone or in combination with other factors cannot justify wage differential under the Equal Pay Act.

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Resilience Can Make You a Happier Federal Employee

Resilience Can Make You a Happier Federal Employee

It can be hard to recognize because it requires playing the long game, doing hard work over a lengthy time period.

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Allow Feds to Buy Credit Toward Their Retirement

Allow Feds to Buy Credit Toward Their Retirement

Those who truly know federal service understand that working for the government is not just another job. You apply yourself to hard work, day after day.

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Joint Office on Artificial Intelligence Announced by DOD

Joint Office on Artificial Intelligence Announced by DOD

According to the newly-appointed Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Michael Griffin, the Defense Department will “open a joint office focused on developing artificial intelligence prototypes.”

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What Was the Ancestor of Everything?

What Was the Ancestor of Everything?

The search for our origins go back to a single common ancestor – one that remains shrouded in mystery.

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Well-Known Moderate Dent Latest Republican to Announce Early Resignation

Well-Known Moderate Dent Latest Republican to Announce Early Resignation

Congressman Charlie Dent, a Republican from Pennsylvania well-known in D.C. for being a reliably moderate voice within Congressional Republican ranks, announced today that he would be resigning in “coming weeks,” following an earlier announcement that he would retire at the end of his term.

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Federal Circuit: MSPB Wrong to Reject Evidence of Depression as Mitigating Factor

Federal Circuit: MSPB Wrong to Reject Evidence of Depression as Mitigating Factor

A Materials Engineer fired from the Department of the Navy for being absent without leave and falsifying time records successfully appealed the decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board to affirm his removal.

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The Many Faces of Management

The Many Faces of Management

Managers often think of liabilities in terms of being the selecting official for an applicant or being brought in for a congressional hearing, but seem to overlook the many other exposures they are prone to in their position each day with their employees.

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Get Outside for National Park Week!

Get Outside for National Park Week!

Tune in to FEDtalk this week to hear from the National Parks Service (NPS) about all the activities going on around the country for National Park Week April 21-29, including Junior Ranger Day and Park Prescription Day.

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OPM Releases New Weather and Safety Leave Regulations

OPM Releases New Weather and Safety Leave Regulations

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has announced new weather and safety leave regulations, seemingly dramatically reducing the ability of employees who telework to receive weather and safety leave.

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Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert Latest Official to Resign

Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert Latest Official to Resign

Staffing changes within the Trump White House continued this week, as newly confirmed National Security Adviser John Bolton assumed his post, reportedly influencing the departure, one day later, of Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert.

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Emergent Technologies in Federal Agencies

Emergent Technologies in Federal Agencies

Last week on FedTalk, host Ben Carnes was joined by Carten Cordell, Senior Technology Reporter at FedScoop, and Derek B. Johnson, senior reporter at FCW, to discuss ongoing efforts by federal agencies to experiment with and, increasingly, deploy emergent technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence.

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Tax Reform Change Threatens ‘Potentially Ruinous’ Damage to Some Feds’ Finances

Tax Reform Change Threatens ‘Potentially Ruinous’ Damage to Some Feds’ Finances

The recent passage by Congress of a sweeping tax reform effort is having “potentially ruinous” unintended consequences for some federal employees who have had to relocate for work.

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