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Federal Retirees to See Largest Cost-of-Living Adjustment in Decades in 2022  

Federal retirees will see the largest annual increase in benefits payments in 40 years in 2022, as the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday that the annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustment will be 5.9%. The news prompted renewed calls for lawmakers to provide parity across the federal workforce’s retirement systems.  

Lack of Diversity in the Government Workforce Can Lead to Retention and Trust Issues 

As a push for racial justice has risen throughout the country, there has been a related increase in focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in the public service workforce. Lack of diversity in certain positions like management or public safety can potentially lead to a lack of trust with the community. It can also create problems with keeping diverse staff. 

September retirement claims steady but not moving any faster 

Federal retirement claims dropped about 15.5% from August to September, but in most other respects the processing of those claims by the Office of Personnel Management is not budging. 

Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office 

President Joe Biden on Tuesday appointed Debra Shore, a wastewater treatment official in Chicago, to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Midwestern office. 

Pentagon civilian vaccine mandate is a massive logistical lift 

The Pentagon has begun the monumental task of fully vaccinating hundreds of thousands of civilian employees against the coronavirus with just weeks to meet its self-imposed deadline of Nov. 22. But as of yet, it has no system to verify who’s gotten the jab. 

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