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Federal Times wants your thoughts on public service

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May 5 marks the beginning of Public Service Recognition Week. For this occasion, Federal Times invites you to share your thoughts on the state of federal public service.

These are trying and uncertain days for federal employees. Their compensation and contribution to the nation are under scrutiny like never before. Public support for federal employees is low. The nation’s leaders are engaged in an important debate on how to readjust the size and role of government.

Meanwhile, federal employees are retiring in large numbers.

We invite you to write a short, candid essay — between 300 and 500 words — on the state of federal public service and on what, if anything, should be done to improve it. The essay will be considered for publication in our May 6 issue and on our website.

Please submit your essay no later than Friday, April 19, to Markie Harwood at mharwood@federaltimes.com.

Last call for Sammie nominees

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The Partnership for Public Service has extended until Friday — Jan. 11 — the deadline for nominations for the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals  (Sammies).

The eight medals are awarded to federal employees based on three main criteria: impact of their work on meeting the needs of the nation, on-the-job innovation, and commitment to public service. Medal categories include Call to Service, Career Achievement, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, Science and Environment, and other categories related to specific government fields.

All career civilian federal employees are eligible, and anyone may submit a nomination.

Thirty finalists will be recognized at a Capitol Hill awards ceremony during Public Service Recognition Week in the spring. The winners will be honored in the fall at a Washington, D.C., gala.

The nomination form is at www.servicetoamericamedals.org. Any nominations started this week will still be considered, according to the Partnership’s Sarah Howe.

Your 2013 health insurance plan

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Feds, the time is quickly approaching when you’ll have to choose a health insurance plan for next year. Fed Times would like to talk to you about what is most important to you in choosing a plan. Do you look for a plan with a low premium or a low deductible? Does coverage for a particular medical condition or physician or prescription influence your choice?

If you are willing to discuss your decision with us, please contact Markie Harwood. Thanks.

Your thoughts on public service

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May 6 marks the beginning of Public Service Recognition Week. For this occasion, Federal Times invites you to share your thoughts on the state of federal public service.

These are trying and uncertain days for federal employees. Their compensation and contribution to the nation are under scrutiny like never before. Public support for federal employees is low. The nation’s leaders are engaged in an important debate on how to readjust the size and role of government. Meanwhile, federal employees are retiring in large numbers.

We invite you to write a short, candid essay — between 300 and 500 words — on the state of federal public service and on what, if anything, should be done to improve it. The essay will be considered for publication in our May 7 issue and on our website.

Please submit your essay no later than Friday, April 20, to Markie Harwood at mharwood@federaltimes.com.

Health insurance 2009

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T’is the season — open season, that is. Beginning next Monday, Nov. 10, you have four weeks to choose your insurers for health, dental and vision coverage in 2009. You can also set up flexible spending accounts for pretax savings on health and dependent care expenses. You can start your planning today, as the Office of Personnel Management has posted premiums and other details on the 2009 plans. Happy shopping.

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