FILE  - In this Feb. 15, 2001 file photo, Secretary of State Colin Powell looks on as President Bush addresses State Department employees at the State Department in Washington. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Kenneth Lambert)

Colin Powell dies, trailblazing general stained by Iraq

Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications

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Getty Images/iStockphoto/baramee2554businessman holding personal items box ready moving leaving company. concept layoffs.

September retirement claims steady but not moving any faster

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Getty Images/iStockphoto/megafloppMedical stethoscope lying on cardiogram chart closeup while medicine doctor working in background. Cardiology care,health, protection, prevention and help. Healthy life or insurance concept

For federal employee health insurance, it’s never if, but how much?

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Minimal COVID impact on many federal health premiums

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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, a housing development stands in El Dorado Hills, Calif. California voters have rejected a proposal to partially dismantle the state’s cap on property taxes, a move that would have have raised taxes for many businesses in a pandemic-hobbled economy. Since 1978, California has limited tax increases to 2% a year until a property is sold. With prices climbing at a much higher rate, taxpayers who have held homes and businesses for many years pay far less than what the market value would determine. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

DoD temporarily raising housing subsidies for some troops as markets continue to climb

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AP Photo/Ron HarrisWestern lowland gorillas are seen in their habitat at Zoo Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. Nearly all of the zoo's 20 gorillas are showing symptoms of having contracted the coronavirus from a zoo staff worker, according to zoo officials. The confirmed cases of those gorillas tested have come back positive for the COVID-19 Delta variant. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

The Agriculture Department finds good use for millions of dollars to monitor animals and protect people

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FILE - This May 4, 2021, photo shows the Treasury Building in Washington. The U.S. budget deficit hit a record $2.06 trillion through the first eight months of this budget year as coronavirus relief programs drove spending to all-time highs. The shortfall this year is 9.7% higher than the $1.88 trillion deficit run up over the same period a year ago, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in its monthly budget report. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

Bureau of the Fiscal Service seeks to issue nearly all payments electronically by 2030

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Veterans Affairs has a staffing model, but does the department use it

VA has a model for staffing. But the VA Office of Inspector General finds the model somehow fails to translate into a clear picture of staffing requirements.

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Defense Department looks to buy more monoclonal antibodies

In today’s Federal Newscast, a major contract from the Pentagon to purchase more doses of one of the only proven treatments of COVID-19.

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Hazards of self-certification and other lessons learned from federal government’s pandemic response

As federal pandemic response lumbers along, the lessons learned are piling up.

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