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TSP Investment Timing and the Retiree's Dilemma

The stock market is up and the DOW stock market index has recovered from its low of 6629 in March of 2009 to over 15,000 recently. Interest rates and yields on CDs, treasuries, and savings have remained historically low. The government has artificially maintaining interest rates well below norm to stimulate the economy and to encourage savers to spend and dive into high yielding and higher risk investments like stocks and housing. Most of this nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is based…


Added by Dennis V. Damp on June 5, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

IRS lands a new Chief of Staff - Plus the DorobekINSIDER's 7 Stories

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  • Many of us learned about the legislative process while listening to the School House Rock anthem in our elementary classroom. But if you want to take your knowledge of the legislative process a bit further, you only have to log on to The site also allows you to track bills currently going through the Legislative process.…

Added by Emily Jarvis on June 4, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Breaking down the first year of PortfolioStat

Last March the Office of Management and Budget unveiled PortfolioStat. The goal was simple, help agencies save time, money and resources by giving them a tool to asses their portfolio management process. …


Added by Emily Jarvis on June 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Earn Extra Income in Retirement and Have Fun at the Same Time

Retirees and employees alike often need extra income to just get by, pay off debt, or to save for special occasions or a rainy day.  There are many part time job offers that you must be cautious of such as advertisements that offer unrealistic wages and annual incomes with little work involved.  Real opportunities take commitment and time that you must be willing to contribute to the cause. There are numerous…


Added by Dennis V. Damp on June 3, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Pres. Nominates a new FBI Director - Plus the DorobekINSIDER's 7 Stories

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  • The Agricultural Research Service's Ken Lithicum studies deadly insects who terrorize plants, animals and humans. His work has saved millions of lives in Africa and the Middle East and has made him a Service to America Medal Finalist. Meet…

Added by Emily Jarvis on May 30, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Matter of Perspective: Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

On my short-list of places to visit is the Sistine Chapel. Beyond the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s diverse portfolio has been transformational to both society and the world of art. I recently discovered that two of his pieces of art - The Pieta and David were done before he was 30. Although he was best known as a sculptor, to me, the Sistine Chapel stands out as the most amazing work of art from Michelangelo's diverse and remarkable masterpieces. Below I’ve briefly consolidated 3 of…


Added by Pat Fiorenza on May 30, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

We Wanted to Help Your Job Search but You Blew It

Recently I was at a meeting with military folks transitioning to the civilian work world. Several asked for my card. Not one has contacted me in the weeks since.

An old friend has been looking for work for a year. Many people who know him ask me about his progress. And then say ‘he never followed-up’ about referrals or…


Added by Kathleen Smith on May 29, 2013 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Could the Scandal at IRS Discourage Decision Making?

By now everyone has heard about the situation brewing over at the IRS.

But here is a brief refresher: A Treasury Department inspector general criticized IRS management for not providing sufficient oversight for agency workers who evaluate applications for tax-exempt status. The report said that laxity contributed to workers…


Added by Emily Jarvis on May 29, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What's the Value of Virtual Events and Training to Government?

Virtual events and online training are growing in importance as government seeks more cost effective ways to educate and train personnel.

PLEASE TAKE OUR 10-MINUTE SURVEY, which is designed to gain your feedback and insights in order to:…


Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on May 29, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

How Can the Tech Industry Impact America’s Parental Leave Problem?

America is the only high-income country with no federal law requiring paid leave for new parents.

In 1993, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires larger employers and public agencies to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a new child. About 40 percent of workers are not protected because the law only requires companies with 50 or…


Added by Samantha Holquist on May 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

MBA vs MPA: Which Is Best?

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) both focus on the management of organizations. That is why some aspiring graduates students in the public sector can be uncertain about whether an MBA or MPA is a better fit for them. If you have a strong passion for a career in either government or nonprofit work, you should look closely at the advantages and disadvantages of each degree.

You will find that there is some overlap in…


Added by Rob Sanchez on May 23, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Hawaii Changes Probation Program - Saves Millions - Named One of the Best Innovations of the Year

Swift, certain, consistent and proportionate - that is the motto of the new probation program making waves in Hawaii. The program - called HOPE - has reduced recidivism by 51% and has been recognized by Harvard University’s Ash Center as one of the ‘Top 25 Innovations in Government.” (See the full list of the Top 25 programs …


Added by Emily Jarvis on May 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Seven Recommended Mentors for Those who Wish to Serve in Government

Warning:  Read with care. The thoughts shared below are not intended for everyone. The ideas that follow are meant for local government public officials and career professionals who really want to make a difference.


People often comment on the significant accomplishments I have made in my life.  Though I am not sure any of my accomplishments are…


Added by Gabe Gabrielsen on May 22, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Innovation: Inside the Brain

Breakthrough, disruptive innovations do not happen every day and in general are not the daily focus of innovation at organizations. 

In his book …


Added by Karla Brandau on May 21, 2013 at 6:32pm — No Comments

ACCOUNTANT III - Arizona Lottery (Phoenix)

Under  the supervision of the Accounting Manager this accountant exercises practical experience and professional judgment in applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in a governmental enterprise environment and sales oriented business. Participates in the documentation and entry of transactions in the state financial system (AFIS), the human resources information system (HRIS), AZ procurement system (ProcureAZ) and the Lottery general ledger system. Performs detailed analysis…


Added by Tricia on May 21, 2013 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Sequester Cuts Impact Oklahoma Disaster Relief - Plus the DorobekINSIDER's 7 Stories

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  • Turning data into decisions, it sounds obvious but for large organizations compiling, formatting and interpreting vast amounts of data can be almost impossible. But Army Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Saxon and his team have created a system that does just that for the Army. It's called Enterprise Management Decision Support System (EMDS). …


Added by Emily Jarvis on May 21, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Respect your peers: Self-Checklist before you ask for help

I was having lunch with a good friend over the weekend and we got on the subject of reviewing things for people. Now this was somebody I’ve actually sent quite a few things to review and I know I’ve been guilty of violating his pet peeves from time to time. He had an interesting take on things and it’s…


Added by Joshua Millsapps on May 21, 2013 at 10:56am — No Comments

Holding Back On Retirement?

I just read that many Federal employees are waiting to retire because they believe Congress is going to approve a buy-out. Is that you too? If it is, perhaps you should rethink your plans.

Sequestration, furloughs and frozen salaries are all the rage these days. Add to that the fact that we have a deadlocked Congress and you will probably come up with the same conclusion I did: this lethal combination is more likely to result in less positions and less opportunities to replace…


Added by Doris Tirone on May 20, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

The Rest of the Story with Rob Gurwitt, How Generation X is Shaping Government

In our first installment of the Rest of the Story, we go beyond the article with writer Rob Gurwitt. His recent article in Governing magazine has again focused a spotlight on Generation X and their potential impact on the way government does business. Whether you are a Boomer, Millennial, GenXer, or something in between, you can find a number of takeaways from Rob’s…


Added by Kent Wyatt on May 20, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

Don't Follow Your Passion

On a recent trip to the West Coast, I finished an interesting read entitled "So Good They Can't…


Added by GovLoop on May 20, 2013 at 8:47am — 13 Comments

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