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Are You a Fed? Here are Your Best Dates to Retire

Retiring from federal service can be as simple as picking a date on a calendar, but there are certain days to retire on that are more beneficial and can ensure you’ll receive the maximum benefit due to you. When you’ve decided that you are both financially and mentally prepared for retirement, there are some key things to consider, which are included below. But use your best judgment—personally, there will be good and bad days to retire—you may have a health condition or you might just want…


Added by Heather Kerrigan on August 20, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

Save Don't Spend

Save Don't Spend

One concept that should be a part of the fabric of our being is save, save, save during the last five years of our federal work career.  Hopefully you have been contributing to your TSP since you began working, but certainly the last 5 years before retirement is a time you should save like never before.  These last 5 years should be seen as preparing to come into the home…


Added by Public Sector Retirement on August 6, 2014 at 8:21am — No Comments

Older People and Work

Do older people work to survive or because they want to stay in the game?

I believe the answer is YES to both.  In our society we segment people often without giving it much thought.  There are older people in the Congress, even in the White House just moments away from the most powerful seat in the free world.

We look at…


Added by Public Sector Retirement on August 5, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Some of the Best Federal Employee Discounts You Can Get

There are few people who wouldn’t mind saving a dollar here or there, and a number of companies offer federal employees discounts on a variety of essentials, from computers and cell phones to flights and hotels. But the best advice? Before you buy something, ask if a discount is available for federal employees—the worst you can hear is “no.”


Below is a list of some of the best federal employee discounts out there. But take note, there are many additional discounts available…


Added by Heather Kerrigan on July 23, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Older People and Work

Do older people work to survive or because they want to stay in the game?

I believe the answer is YES to both.  In our society we segment people often without giving it much thought.  There are older people in the Congress, even in the White House just moments away from the most powerful seat in the free world.

We look at…


Added by Public Sector Retirement on June 28, 2014 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Percentage of Government Employees Under 30 Hit 8-Year Low in 2013

As someone who helps clients land jobs in Federal Government, this headline and article obviously caught my eye and I thought I would pass it along. I know it will start/continue an already lively conversation. I have so many comments about it, and the comments, that it would require an eBook. =)…


Added by Camille Roberts on June 12, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

NBA Commissioner's Zero-Tolerance Leadership: A Management Model for the Federal Workforce

The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C), a support network and civil rights advocacy group, which formed to combat employment discrimination in the Federal workplace, says National Basketball Association's (NBA) Commissioner, Adam Silver's leadership-style serves as an excellent model for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and other federal agencies professing to weed out rampant discrimination in the federal government.

"NBA Commissioner Adam Silver displayed great…


Added by Ward Jordan on May 1, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Federal Employee Financial Plan

Are you a Federal Employee?  Do you realize how important a financial plan really is at every stage of your life?  

Having a financial plan is probably the most important part of managing your financial life.  Having a sound, flexible financial plan today is more important than it has ever been.  Resources are limited…


Added by Public Sector Retirement on April 24, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

National Equal Pay Day Retrospective: White House to EEOC

President John F. Kennedy signed the landmark Equal Pay Act back in 1963 (pictured above in an Oval Office signing ceremony).

Yet more than half a century later there…


Added by David B. Grinberg on April 8, 2014 at 8:39pm — 4 Comments

Four Leadership Lessons from my Daughter’s Basketball Team

My daughter’s basketball team lost eight games in a row this season, which is quite a shift from last season when they came in second in the division championship. 


The main difference this year is they lost their star player. While it provided a great opportunity for the players to take a more active role in the game, it was a hard transition. They had to learn how to function as a team without their go-to player.


Despite week after week of losses, the girls…


Added by Lisa Roepe on February 6, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Why You’re Really Hitting The Snooze Button

Millions of people watched Gwen Dean as she quit her job as an engineer in a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl last week. Gwen’s dream was to start a puppeteer business, and with the help of, she is doing just that. Over 17 million of us have watched Marina Shifrin’s “I quit” video announcing her resignation from her role at a Taiwanese animation firm. Shifrin’s move landed her countless job…


Added by Kristina Marzullo on February 5, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

A Breakthrough Year for America

In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama covered a lot of ground around topics like jobs and the economy, immigration, education, and energy. As with many of these addresses in the past, regardless who was serving as our country’s Chief of Staff, there are several mixed reviews of what the President had to say. Some may support the proposed initiatives highlighted last night, while others may have…


Added by Kristina Marzullo on January 29, 2014 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

Does Management Matter?

A recent news story of how the on-line shoe company Zappos has eliminated the position of manager has raised again the question of whether management matters.  A new Harvard Business Review article says “yes,” and they have the data to prove it.




Added by John Kamensky on January 15, 2014 at 10:35am — No Comments

President Obama: End Unfairness, Bullying and Retaliation by Public Officials

May 15, 2013, will mark the 11th anniversary of the Notification and Federal Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act.  Congressed passed No FEAR on May 15, 2002, after hearing testimony that federal workforce abuse reduces government's ability to effectively execute with integrity essential programs such as waste management, pollution prevention, water treatment, food inspection, Medicare, social security and disaster assistance.  President George W. Bush signed the Act into law…


Added by Ward Jordan on January 5, 2014 at 4:27pm — 2 Comments

6 Obstacles Facing Women in Federal Workplace Examined in New Report

Are working women better off in the public sector or the private sector?

A new report by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)…


Added by David B. Grinberg on December 12, 2013 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Survey Shows Agencies Confident in Meeting 2015 Spending Target

A joint survey by Grant Thornton and the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis shows agency budget managers are confident their organizations can meet federally-mandated budget caps in fiscal 2015, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

More than two-thirds of survey respondents show signs of optimism for the next fiscal year's budget…


Added by Ross Wilkers on December 2, 2013 at 1:44pm — No Comments

The Importance of Project Schedule in Government Program Management

The government runs on programs. Studies have shown effective program management saves the government time, and money. In a fiscal environment dominated by sequestration, how do program managers stay above the fray? In this four-part series we’ll take a look at managing schedule, cost, scope, and quality. We’ll give you valuable tips and feedback to help you move critical programs forward despite the challenges.


Time is money. A project that stays on…


Added by Lindy Kyzer on November 25, 2013 at 10:33am — No Comments

GSA Issues Call to Landowners for New FBI HQ Location Ideas

The General Services Administration is looking for a new location that would function as a consolidated headquarters for the FBI.

Landowners in the District of Columbia and neighboring counties have been asked to submit proposals for the new site and GSA will accept submissions through Dec. 17.

“GSA seeks to identify sites that would be acceptable to include in a future competitive procurement that will provide the best deal for taxpayers,” GSA…


Added by Ross Wilkers on November 18, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments

CBO Tags Issa-Connolly IT Reform Bill at $145B

The Congressional Budget Office estimates a bill to amend laws regulating how the federal government acquires and manages information technology would cost nearly $145 billion to implement for fiscal years 2014 through 2018.

That bill would use pay-as-you-go procedures for funding and agencies not affected by annual appropriations could feel effects on direct spending, CBO said…


Added by Ross Wilkers on November 13, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Audit Outlines Missed IT Savings Chances for Agencies

Government Accountability Office report says federal agencies have largely not developed comprehensive plans to consolidate information technology systems under the PortfolioStat initiative, Nextgov reported Wednesday.…


Added by Ross Wilkers on November 11, 2013 at 1:17pm — No Comments

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