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In preparing one’s income tax return, the question is often asked as to what types of income are included or excluded from being reported. This week’s column discusses what is includable and what is excludable from being reported on one’s income tax return. Examples of includable income are unemployment benefits and state income tax refunds.
Federal employees are teleworking more this year than last, with inclement weather—together with existing laws and initiatives—driving participation rates to new highs.
Federal employee unions reacted to President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposal that was released last week with everything from praise to outright rejection.
A National Labor Relations Board regional office has sided with a union that is asking the U.S. Postal Service provide it with details on a pilot program to locate postal counters in office supply stores.
A new report released late last month offered details on a Food and Drug Administration surveillance program that monitored federal whistleblowers who had taken their concerns over the agency's medical device approval process to Congress and the media.
A comprehensive veterans benefits bill was stalled in the Senate Feb. 27 after Republican lawmakers blocked further action on the bill.
Three senators late last month introduced a bill aimed at preventing security clearance contractors from reviewing and approving their own background investigations.
Question: "I am a CSRS employee who is going to retire in January 2016. I will be 55 and have 34 years of service. My husband will be collecting Social Security. Our question: If he dies before me, will I be able to collect his Social Security survivor benefit? Of course, I will have my CSRS annuity being paid to me, but am I entitled to both?"
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