Monthly Archives: June 2013

Oregon drone mission: Keeping spuds happy

HERMISTON, Ore.—Experiments have begun in Oregon aimed at using the unmanned aircraft known as drones to keep potatoes happy. The Federal Aviation Administration recently authorized the use of drones to fly over Oregon State University potato fields in search of … Continue reading

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Federal Employees Should Be Aware of Options When to Receive Social Security Benefits – Part I

As more and more of the “baby boomers” (individuals born between 1946 and 1964) retire, the decision of when to start receiving Social Security retirement benefits, and on whose benefits (their own, a current spouse’s, or a former spouse’s) they … Continue reading

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ClancyJG International

ClancyJG International has direct experience in providing contract resources on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Defense (DoD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) support contracts and is currently a FAA and DoD Prime Contractor. Continue reading

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Looser Rules on Airline Passenger Electronics May Take Flight

  The Federal Aviation Administration early this fall is expected to receive a long-awaited advisory board report recommending that the government ease the unpopular safety requirement that all airline passengers turn off their personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. … Continue reading

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Legislation Would End Wage Disparity for Hourly Federal Employees

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) has introduced legislation that would potentially boost the salaries of hourly wage federal employees. It is being co-sponsored by Reps. Tom Marino (R-PA), Bob Brady (D-PA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA). The Locality Pay … Continue reading

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IRS Awards: Is It a $70 Million Scandal or Something Else?

If the Congress has its shorts in an uproar (mixed metaphor?) about a $70 million awards payout at IRS, it needs a mirror to blame a principally responsible party.  The Congress, in passing the Civil Service Reform Act in 1978 … Continue reading

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The 5-Year Rule: Keeping Your Federal Health Benefits and Life Insurance After Retirement

A couple of areas federal employees often overlook when planning for retirement are the “five year rules” that apply for keeping both Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employee’s Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) after retirement. Here are a couple … Continue reading

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FAA Safety Briefing Wins Flight Safety Foundation’s Publication Award

During the Paris Air Show aerospace media dinner on Sunday at the Aero Club de France, the Flight Safety Foundation presented its Cecil A. Brownlow Publication Award to FAA Safety Briefing, the bimonthly publication and active online community serving pilots, flight instructors and aircraft technicians that is produced by the U.S. FAA. The FSF said the award is usually presented at the organization’s annual International Air Safety Summit, but this year it decided to bestow the award at the Paris Air Show. Continue reading

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Is a Sequester Tipping Point Coming?

When $85 billion in broad spending cuts went into effect in March the world didn’t end. Kids weren’t kicked out of school en masse, hundreds of thousands weren’t laid off, the economy didn’t tank. Sequestration was overhyped and the deluge never came. But it may begin to pour this summer. Continue reading

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Defense Civilians Make Last Ditch Effort to End Furloughs

  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel J. Scott Applewhite/AP Beleaguered federal employees have taken to the White House’s petition website to challenge the Pentagon’s decision to furlough most of its civilian workforce for 11 days in fiscal 2013. “We the People, … Continue reading

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