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Federal Employees News Digest : Feb. 4, 2013
Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, appointed the taskforce of senior leaders from each secretariat and service to begin a review of program efficacy next month, according to the American Forces Press Service. The goal is to ensure that DOD is providing useful, cost-effective services--- children's' programs, recreational activi- ties, business opportunities, wellness program and others that benefit service members and their families. Demographics will play a role in the review, the report said. About 75 percent of service members and families live in surrounding communities, rather than on military installations, and they often are not aware of programs that are offered. To see more, go to: www.defense.gov/ News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=119126. House members urge president to name State IG A bipartisan group of House leaders sent a letter to President Obama implor- ing him to nominate a candidate to fill the vacant inspector general position at the State Department. The Jan. 24 letter from the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), noted that the department has not had a Senate- confirmed IG since 2008. According to the letter, also signed by Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and John Tierney (D-Mass.), chairman and rank- ing member of the panel's Subcommittee on National Security, respectively, the vacancy is the longest among the 73 IG slots across the government. The lawmakers noted that "a temporary inspector general may attempt to fulfill the functions of the position with dili- gence and professionalism," but said that a temporary IG may be chosen primarily for being a good auditor or investigator, whereas a permanent Senate-confirmed IG goes through a more rigorous review process and would be selected also on his or her leadership qualifications. "In the context of upcoming confirma- tion hearings for Sen. John Kerry as your nominee to become Secretary of State, we are sure that the question of who you plan to nominate to serve as inspector general for the State Department will be a top priority for members of Congress on both sides of the aisle," the letter concluded. Kerry (D-Mass.) was confirmed last week. To see the letter, go to: http:// oversight.house.gov/wp-content/ uploads/2013/01/2013-01-24-DEI-EEC- Chaffetz-Tierney-to-President-State-IG.pdf. February 4, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 27 8 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FuNDS JaN. 28 oNe MoNTh aGo oNe year aGo G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund lifecycle Funds L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Register free to get rates of return and other TSP info at: www.FederalDaily.com/pages/resources/thrift-savings-plan.aspx 14.0383 14.0207 13.8351 15.9255 16.0274 15.4309 18.9798 17.7247 16.2766 26.1257 23.8938 22.2209 21.7237 20.7947 18.7008 15.8914 15.6745 15.1884 19.3088 18.6435 17.5637 20.2107 19.3378 18.0383 20.9727 19.9324 18.4602 11.6542 11.0078 10.1251 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "I get Social Security Disability Insurance, a Federal Employees Retirement System disability retirement, and recently I added a 20 percent veterans (VA) disability to my list. I know the FERS and SSDI offset some, but does the VA disability get offset from either program?" Answer: Your VA disability annuity will not affect either your FERS annuity or your SSDI. Readers are encouraged to ask questions related to general employee benefits---such as CSRS, FERS, the Thrift Savings Plan, tax and estate planning, insurance, Social Security and Medicare---at the "Federal Benefits Q&A" at www.FederalSoup.com. continued from page 6
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