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Federal Employees News Digest : Aug 5, 2013
August 5, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 3 8 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FUNDS JULY 30 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 14.1534 14.1288 13.9444 15.6565 15.6462 15.9280 21.5656 20.5193 17.3306 30.0286 28.1703 22.4081 22.8794 21.6654 18.4199 16.3371 16.1420 15.4311 20.5029 19.9114 17.9922 21.7651 20.9806 18.5267 22.8158 21.8750 18.9902 12.7952 12.2032 10.4217 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "As a FERS employee, will my high-three calculation be adversely affected from this year's furlough if I retire in 2015?" Answer: Because the furlough period for affected employees will be less than six months in length, a furlough will have no effect on an employee's high-three average salary. 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 5 DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, General Services Administration Administrator Dan Tangherlini and other federal and local officials were on hand for the opening. "Today, we take a major step forward in making our 'One DHS' vision a real- ity," Napolitano said. "Consolidating our facilities will increase efficiency and com- munication, while enhancing the depart- ment's prevention, response and recovery capabilities." Over the next four months, the Coast Guard is slated to move 3,700 military members and civilian employees into the new facility. The renovation of the DHS Center Building complex on the St. Elizabeths site is scheduled for completion in fiscal 2026. To see more, go to: www.dhs.gov/ news/2013/07/29/dhs-opens-new-head- quarters-st-elizabeths-campus. Full-time telework for PTO managers The Patent and Trademark Office last month formally launched a program that will allow some patent managers to telework on a full-time basis, according to a group that advocates for greater use of telework. According to Mobile Work Exchange, the 110 PTO managers in question will supervise other remote workers as well as those who work in USPTO offices. USPTO established the permanent program after conducting what it called a "very successful" six-month pilot version in 2012 involving about 100 volunteer patent managers. The success of the pilot program was attributed in part to the upgrade of conference com- munications tools to permit full webcasting capabilities. Danette Campbell, the agency's senior adviser for telework, said the new pro- gram was designed to help the agency keep managers who otherwise might have returned to production-level jobs that permit full-time telework, according to MWE. Campbell said USPTO also hoped the new program would make manage- ment more attractive to the agency's exist- ing teleworkers. To see more, go to: www.mobileworkex- change.com/mobileworker/view/2754.
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