In this Feb. 5, 2016, photo, a mail clerk at the Wynne Unit of the Texas prison system makes her way through a box of letters for inmates in Huntsville, Texas. Every piece of mail is checked for contraband, like drugs hidden under stamps, or messages or words in correspondence that suggest violence or escape plans, as well as attempts by convicts to profit from some enterprise or business while behind bars. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

USPS early outs and you: Good deal, or return to sender?

The Postal Service’s early retirement offer has given new (probably false) hope to feds in other agencies who would love to retire early on an immediate…

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$40K buyouts, and 3 other reasons civilian feds should pay attention to this year’s NDAA

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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, the morning sun illuminates the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Sen. John McCain's opposition to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law has dealt a likely fatal blow to the legislation — and perhaps to the Republican Party's years of promises to kill the program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Whistleblower protections, higher VSIPs and other bills worth watching this week

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Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Senate bill would boost early buyout offers for all federal employees

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Nearly half of EPA watchdog’s buyouts issued to ineligible employees

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Donald Trump

On Trump’s NDAA wishlist: higher VSIP payments for all feds, an industry exchange program

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Note pad with pen, calculator and cheque book and cash. Check book. Shallow depth of field

EPA employees ‘rolling the dice’ as they consider VERA/VSIP, FY18 budget cuts

Gary Morton, AFGE’s VERA/VSIP lead negotiator, says employees also need to consider what budget cuts could mean for themselves and the agency in 2018.

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House panel wants 2.4 percent military pay bump and bigger Army

The House Armed Services’ Personnel Subcommittee suggests a 2.4 percent increase in military pay and 17,000 more troops for the Army.

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ICF Senior Vice President Jeff Neal

What you should know (and do) if your agency is downsizing

Beginning with the release of the president’s budget proposal, federal workers have been talking and worrying about downsizing. While worrying may be OK for some folks, others want to know more, federal HR expert Jeff Neal says.

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