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2016 Federal Benefits Open Season runs through Dec. 12

Posted December 2, 2016 by Kat Bailey

The Office of Personnel Management has set the dates for the 2016 Federal Benefits Open Season from Nov. 14 through Dec 12, which includes the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts program. Open season gives federal employees and retirees the opportunity to…

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Two-year probationary period now in effect for new civilians

Posted December 2, 2016 by Richard Salomon

U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons All new Department of Defense civilians appointed to permanent positions in the competitive service are now required to serve a two-year probationary period. JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — All new federal employees appointed within the Department of Defense to permanent positions in the competitive service…

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Two-year probationary period now in effect for new civilians

Posted November 22, 2016 by Richard Salomon

All new federal employees appointed within the Department of Defense to permanent positions in the competitive service are now required to serve a two-year probationary period.  The new requirement took effect Nov. 26, 2015, as part of the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The change does not apply to employees appointed prior to that…

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DOD announces new-hire probationary period

Posted October 21, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — The probationary period for many new civilian employees hired by the Defense Department on or after Nov. 26, 2015, has changed from one year to two years, the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy said. Julie Blanks confirmed the change to the statute governing the probationary period in a…

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Halloween pet photos can net shoppers $5,000 Exchange gift card

Posted October 21, 2016 by Army & Air Force Exchange Service

DALLAS — For many military families, pets are more than just companions—they’re family. Now, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving service members and their families the opportunity to give their furry friends some well-deserved appreciation — and win a $5,000 Exchange gift card in the process — by entering the Dress Up…

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Popular social media trend may violate DOD regulations

Posted October 7, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett

WASHINGTON — A young woman paced herself as she ran around her neighborhood, her breath visible as the brisk morning air cycled through her lungs, the wind blowing her hair back, and her cheeks stinging from the elements. She dodged people walking their dogs, trash cans left out for pickup, and finally reached a pausing…

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‘Be There’ suicide prevention theme resonates with troop values

Posted September 14, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Preventing suicide requires the commitment of all in the Defense Department, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a videotaped message at the Sept. 7 Suicide Prevention Month kickoff at the Pentagon. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert R. Ruark, military deputy to the acting Secretary of Defense for…

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September sales boost shoppers’ savings

Posted September 9, 2016 by Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs

FORT LEE, Va.—Commissary shoppers will see various sales events throughout their store in September with Labor Day promotions, football fever events, Oktoberfest celebrations, case lot sales and lots of coupons to help save even more money. The Nellis Commissary Case Lot Sale is Sept. 15-18. “September is a busy month for commissaries, and there are…

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DOD makes last-minute push for food donations in ‘Feds Feed Families’

Posted August 24, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

"There were many times that we would go without just to feed the kids," Diane Carter said at the Pentagon today at a charity fair for the Feds Feed Families initiative.  "And at one point in time ... I had sold everything in my house, all my furniture and everything, just to feed the kids.

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Leader training on Blended Retirement System available via mobile app

Posted August 12, 2016 by Kat Bailey

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Blended Retirement System is a hot topic of conversation across the Defense Department, and most total force members have questions on how it will work and who is eligible. The online BRS leader course, released in June, is designed to educate leaders on the new retirement system….

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