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  • Understanding Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Accounts and What They Can Offer in Tax Savings

    A health savings account (HSA) combines a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a tax-favored savings account. The funds contributed to an HSA result in Federal and state income tax savings in the year of contribution. There are several advantages to owning and using an HSA.

  • APWU: Fight for fair wages, fair work arrangements

    The American Postal Workers Union has concluded the last round of interest arbitration hearings—having made a strong case to hold the line against cuts, contracting out, changes in structuring work schedules and workplaces—as in favor of modest pay increases, according to the union.

  • Analysis: Can WH delegate legal powers of appointment on labor relations panels?

    The White House just this month moved to change—and, according to critics, debilitate—the intended functioning among the country’s nearly century-old labor relations regulatory panels, a move challenged by a new lawsuit filed by a federal employees union, according to a recent analysis.

  • Federal employees and retirees: Let’s make #GivingTuesday 2019 a record year

    This year, I am challenging federal employees and retirees to surpass this amount with the aim of reaching $2.4 million in pledges on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3rd.

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    TSP fund to include China investments, despite criticism

    Despite criticism from multiple U.S. Senators, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board affirmed a move to invest in an index fund that includes Chinese state-owned companies.

  • Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Plan Choices

    The Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004 provided OPM the opportunity to establish arrangements under which supplemental dental and vision benefits are made available to federal employees, retirees, and their dependents. Dependents include spouses and children under the age of 22.

  • Shutdown brewing? Unions, feds concerns ramp up

    For the moment, we’re safe. The federal government is currently funded through Thursday, Nov. 21. But, at the close of that day, once again federal employees and their families—and the people and businesses that depend on their work—might suffer yet another shutdown.

  • Snowy weather telework and leave rules reissued

    Wind and snow and icy temperatures have gripped much of the country this week. Perhaps just in time, the Office of Personnel Management just this month is issuing a reminder to help employees across the federal government know what to do in the event of a weather event.

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    DOD board recommends changes to hiring process

    The Defense Department's readiness in emerging technology areas such as data science will slip away unless it changes its hiring processes, according to the Defense Innovation Board's recommendations.

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Edward A. Zurndorfer Certified Financial Planner
Mike Causey Columnist
Tom Fox VP for Leadership and Innovation, Partnership for Public Service
Mathew B. Tully Legal Analyst

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