Thursday, March 23, 2017
Article Resource: www.nj.com
Article Snip: "...is currently somewhere around 2,000 cases involving postal drug trafficking under reviewed by the U.S. Postal Inspection Services. When it comes to the types of substances people are comfortable with shipping through the mail, marijuana leads the game. In upward of 35,000 pounds of pot was seized by the U.S. Postal Service in 2015..."
Article Resource: www.merryjane.com
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Article Snip: "...A preliminary blueprint for the Commerce Department instructs the agency to “factor in a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees, to go into effect on the first pay period of January, 2018.” Since such raises are government-wide, the increase would apply for all employees ...Employment Cost Index shows growth in private industry wages of 10.4 percent on average over the last five years..."
Article Resource: www.washingtonpost.com
Monday, March 20, 2017
Article Snip: "...Actual pay for purposes of computing the retiree annuity supplement is only pay that is subject to retirement deductions (that is, basic pay) up to the Social Security maximum taxable wage base. (The maximum taxable wage base is the maximum amount of wages, in any calendar year, to which the Social Security tax is applied. See Table A in section 51B1.1-1.) It does not include any pay that is not subject to retirement deductions, such as cash awards or overtime (even though such pay is subject to FICA taxes) ..."
Article Resource: www.opm.gov
Article Snip: "...More than a third of federal employees on-board as of 2015 will be eligible to retire by 2020, with the rates especially high in certain agencies, GAO has said. The rate of voluntary retirements is a consideration for whether the government may have to resort to RIFs during the still undefined downsizing of the federal workforce..."
Article Resource: www.fedweek.com
Friday, March 17, 2017
Article Snip: "... The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) took another small step forward in the legislative process today...The bill’s sponsors also say it does so without any extra cost to taxpayers. For a more detailed look at the features of the legislation, see Introduced to Reform Postal Employees’ Benefits..."
Article Resource: www.fedsmith.com
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Article Snip: "...Despite the uptick in intercepts, the number of actual arrests for mailing controlled substances—whether cannabis or any other federally illegal drug—fell for a second consecutive year, dropping 4% to 1,850. ..."
Article Resource: www.leafly.com
Monday, March 13, 2017
Article Snip: "... The Postal Service is distributing the final payment of the 1.6.b Global Settlement to over 13,000 active employees and retirees this week. The payment is part of the remedy agreed upon in the Global Settlement reached between the APWU and the USPS on December 5, 2014. The terms of the settlement include a monetary remedy of $56 million to be distributed to eligible individuals. The bulk of the payment was distributed in the first round. The second and final round is therefore a smaller amount representing approximately 20% of the total payment..."
Article Resource: www.apwu.org
Article Snip: "...you probably (hopefully) check your browser for the padlock icon that means your connection to that site uses HTTPS encryption, which helps prevent hackers and eavesdroppers. But you probably don’t apply that same perfunctory padlock check to news sites, despite the fact that a media outlet’s lack of encryption can endanger journalists’ sources, expose your reading habits, and even allow censorship and tampering with stories ..."
Article Resource: www.wired.com
Friday, March 10, 2017
Article Snip: "... Sometime between 5 p.m. Monday, March 6, and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, a fire was set in an outside drop box at the U.S. post office on Market Street in Athens..."
Article Resource: www.enewscourier.com