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Pentagon Releases Initial ‘Space Force’ Plan

Pentagon Releases Initial ‘Space Force’ Plan

This week, Defense One released the details contained in a 13-page internal document outlining the Pentagon’s early plans for the creation of a “space force” as a sixth branch of the United States military. Given the agency’s proposed function, the agency would fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense (DOD).

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DOI IG Says Secretary Zinke Violated Travel Policies

DOI IG Says Secretary Zinke Violated Travel Policies

According to the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Office of Inspector General (OIG), DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke was in violation of the agency’s travel rules on multiple occasions that involved his family traveling with him in government vehicles.

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Considering Life Insurance? Take a Detailed Needs Analysis

Considering Life Insurance? Take a Detailed Needs Analysis

When purchasing life insurance, it's important to understand the financial needs of your beneficiaries before you choose a policy. Many individuals tend to think backwards when it comes to life insurance. They make critical decisions on the product they want, whether it’s permanent life insurance, basic term life insurance or even a combination of both, before thinking through the amount of protection they need. As such, you really need to first figure out how much life insurance you need before you even think about the product that would be most appropriate. A needs analysis can help you determine how much life insurance you should buy.

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Growing Calls for Bipartisan Rules Reform in 116th Congress

Growing Calls for Bipartisan Rules Reform in 116th Congress

A House ‘dear colleague’ letter, supported and posted by the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group and sent by Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Ken Buck (R-CO-04), is urging other House members to support steps to implement bipartisan rules reform heading into the 116th Congress. The letter outlines what Kilmer and Buck say are its primary goals, arguing that, “with Congress’s approval rating continuing to hover below 20%, we have an obligation to take meaningful steps to improve how this body operates in order to serve the interests of the American people.”

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The Benefits of Long Term Care Insurance Are Invaluable

The Benefits of Long Term Care Insurance Are Invaluable

While many federal employees may question whether long term insurance is worth the cost, they may ultimately realize that the emotional and financial reassurance of having this protection may offer value that outweighs the cost of premiums.

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Vox: Don’t Blame Scooters. Blame the Streets.

Vox: Don’t Blame Scooters. Blame the Streets.

Electric scooters are popping up (and clogging sidewalks and menacing pedestrians) in cities all over the country.  This video explains how city streets have changed over the years to prioritize motorized vehicles over pedestrians, offering a historical perspective on urban congestion.

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Feds to Get Biggest Cost of Living Adjustment Since 2012

Feds to Get Biggest Cost of Living Adjustment Since 2012

Despite the continuous back-and-forth and uncertainty that has marked much of the year’s debate surrounding pay for federal employees, next year’s cost of living adjustment (COLA) is slated to be the largest adjustment federal retirees have received since 2012.

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U.S. Sends Mixed Signals While Increasing Federal Investment in Africa

U.S. Sends Mixed Signals While Increasing Federal Investment in Africa

Despite having sent conflicting signals in recent years regarding its interest in investing in Africa, the U.S. federal government will nonetheless see its efforts in the continent bolstered by the creation of a new $60 billion agency, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC).

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VA Target of Congressional Accusations Surrounding Private Influence on the Agency

VA Target of Congressional Accusations Surrounding Private Influence on the Agency

Following a Congressional request for more information, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reportedly declined to provide documents “related to accusations that outside businessmen are unduly influencing department policy,” according to Leo Shane III of Military Times. The VA has cited ongoing legal disputes in declining to provide the documents.

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Federal Managers – Are You Prepared to Take the Stand?

Federal Managers – Are You Prepared to Take the Stand?

The recent Supreme Court nomination process has demonstrated to the public at large that any Federal employee can be brought forward to testify in a Senate Hearing. As a Federal manager, such an intensive process can be traumatizing especially if personal details become publicized, sensationalized, and/or probed by the media or politicians. In today’s world, conversations, emails, and memos will certainly make news. How do you prepare for this?  How do you decide which law firm to hire? Who can you trust?

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‘Where Are the Aliens?’ - What is The Fermi Paradox?

‘Where Are the Aliens?’ - What is The Fermi Paradox?

The universe is unfathomably large.  Can we really be the only life?  Where are all the aliens?  This animated video tackles these questions.

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OMB Deputy Director Weichert to Wear Two Hats as She Replaces OPM Director Pon

OMB Deputy Director Weichert to Wear Two Hats as She Replaces OPM Director Pon

Late last week, in a surprising shake-up within the Trump administration, it was announced that U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Jeff Pon would be unexpectedly vacating his post, with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director for Management Margaret Weichert being tapped by President Trump to fill in as Pon’s replacement, on top of her existing duties at OMB.

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OPM to Spend Year Studying ‘Competitiveness’ of Federal Employee Compensation

OPM to Spend Year Studying ‘Competitiveness’ of Federal Employee Compensation

Over the next year, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of Management and Budget are slated to study the “competitiveness” of federal compensation, as it compares to compensation for comparable positions within the private sector.

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Federal Pay Raise for 2019 Looks Increasingly Likely

Federal Pay Raise for 2019 Looks Increasingly Likely

Last Thursday, after weeks of back-and-forth regarding whether federal employees could expect to see a proposed 1.9% pay increase in 2019, House Republicans reportedly “struck a tentative deal on a federal pay raise for civilian federal employees,” according to Federal News Network and The Washington Post.

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Is Your Most Average Employee Really Your Most Valuable Employee?

Is Your Most Average Employee Really Your Most Valuable Employee?

It’s the beginning of the fiscal year. So now what’s your goal for the coming year? Even though the word “average” has become synonymous with “not good enough,” it might surprise you that you should be striving for an average.

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The 40-Year History of the Civil Service Reform Act

The 40-Year History of the Civil Service Reform Act

On October 13th, 2018, the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) turns 40 years old. The CSRA fundamentally changed the federal government and its workforce, spawning the majority of regulations, policies, and structures that continue to govern the day-to-day business of work within the federal government. 

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PBS Digital Studios | It’s Lit! The Evolution of Science Fiction

PBS Digital Studios | It’s Lit! The Evolution of Science Fiction

Check out this video on the history of science fiction, starting with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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NASA Turns 60

NASA Turns 60

On Monday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) turned 60 years old, having opened on October 1st, 1958, less than three months after Congress passed and President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act.

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‘Sammies’ Winners Announced

‘Sammies’ Winners Announced

The winners of the 17th annual Service to America Medals (commonly known as “the Sammies”) have been announced by the Partnership for Public Service, with the organization slated to recognize eight “standout federal employees” selected from the 28 announced finalists.

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Administration Appeals Two Decisions Related to Collective Bargaining and Official Time

Administration Appeals Two Decisions Related to Collective Bargaining and Official Time

Within the past week, the Trump administration has announced its intention to appeal at least two decisions, including a federal judge’s recent decision that invalidated nine provisions of the president’s executive orders on matters relating to the workforce. The invalidated orders pertained primarily to federal employees’ use of official time and other activities relating to collective bargaining.

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