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  • Austin tops areas with large military housing allowance increases in 2020

    Changes in the 2020 Basic Allowance for Housing rates vary widely across the U.S., with some locales seeing increases of nearly 30% and others falling by more than 10%.

  • USDA buys time for SNAP under shutdown — but for how long?

    Experts say the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would venture into uncharted territory if a partial government shutdown continued through February. 

  • When to retire? Breaking up is hard to do

    Benefits expert Tammy Flanagan joins Your Turn today to talk about the best dates to retire, and why they are the best, and which federal retirement plan is right for you.

  • Understanding your Thrift Savings Plan

    Tune in to the August 3rd FedTalk and join host Tony Vergnetti and Michael Livingston from the Livingston Financial Group to hear about important financial planning strategies for all federal employees to consider. They will talk about your Thrift Savings Plan Contributions, Fund Choices, Investment Basics, and Withdraw Options. They will also discuss the upcoming changes to the TSP from the TSP modernization act that was signed in December 2017.

    August 3, 2018

  • We Need Space: Federal Partnerships In Space Exploration

    Tune in to the July 20th FedTalk to hear about the changing face of federal space exploration and research, including the increased reliance on public/private partnerships with academia and private organizations such as Boeing and SpaceX.

    July 20, 2018

  • VA says it will miss Aug. 1 deadline to change GI Bill benefits due to IT challenges

    The housing stipend and reduction in housing allowance provisions are the hardest to implement and have the most sweeping impact.

  • Summit the Supercomputer and the Future of Federal Technology

    Tune in to the July 6th FedTalk to hear about what’s in store for federal technology for the coming year, including developments on expanded use of artificial intelligence, extended reality, and the unveiling by the Department of Energy of Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

    July 6, 2018

  • America’s unsung heroes: That would be you

    Guest columnist Marc Harris, a retired federal employee, offers his gratitude for the huge numbers of civilian employees who supported the war effort.

  • Improving Federal Data to Improve the Federal Government

    Tune in to the June 1st FedTalk as host Debra Roth speaks to three organizations leading the effort to improve the federal government’s operations by improving the data on which it relies.

    June 1, 2018

  • Catch up with The United States Digital Service

    Tune into the May 18th FedTalk to hear about the latest initiatives from the United States Digital Service (USDS) and dCode, including a new digital initiative at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    May 18, 2018