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Nov 24, 2020

Tony Vergnetti is the President and Founder of Federal Employee Defense Services, Inc. (FEDS Protection) which has provided professional liability insurance coverage to the federal government employee and contractor community since 2007. He's literally the guy we go to for legal help when we're having issues. He...


Nov 21, 2020

The non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility helps protect public employees who protect our environment, natural resources and public health.

I interviewed attorney Paula Dinerstein, PEER’s Senior Counsel for 12 years, representing public employees who face interference with their work to protect...


Nov 16, 2020

We all HOPE we never face a situation as a federal employee that requires us to blow the whistle on behavior that is illegal or just plan wrong. But many feds do end up in that situation and have no idea where to go. The hour long yearly training most of us get doesn't explain the expense, emotional toll and time suck...


Nov 8, 2020

Chris Kowalik knows Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and she's here to help you navigate through this year's open season, which starts November 9th and ends December 14th. Chris helps feds via courses she teaches and she trains financial planners to help folks like us, too. In this episode, she talks about how to...


Nov 4, 2020

A friend who works at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency reached out to me months ago about the good work her leadership was doing to promote honest conversations about diversity and inclusion. This episode should have come out MONTHS ago. But due to scheduling and technical issues, it's coming to you during...