Employee Policy

Abortion rights: DOJ group complains WH weak on protecting feds

A longstanding group working to protect gender equality rights for federal employees is charging that, in the month-and-a-half since the Dobbs decision, the Biden administration has taken “no action" on this important slice of the issue.

Employee Policy

Don Kettl: The decision that may upset the administrative state

Public policy expert—and professor emeritus at U. Md. and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at U. Texas—Don Kettl joins partner GovExec's podcast, to discuss the Supreme Court's decision that could change the regulatory state.

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Nextgov Special Report: The Identity Challenge

This special report looks at how agencies can verify the identity of its workforce and citizens while keeping out would-be spies and criminals.

Employee Policy

FLRA substantiates union accusations against EEOC, over reentry

The federal anti-discrimination agency, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, said it was committed to bargaining “in good faith” with its labor representatives—but stopped short of committing to roll back its unilaterally implemented reentry plan.

Employee Policy

Data-driven HR management faces uphill climb

While data can help state and local human resources agencies make better decisions, legacy technology, skills gaps and staff resistance can stand in the way, a new report says.

Employee Policy

‘We need your help’: Election officials ask Congress to better address harassment ahead of midterms

Women make up the overwhelming majority of the election workforce, and many are facing threats in the wake of lies spread about the integrity of the 2020 election.

Employee Policy

New bill seeks to prevent Secret Service from withholding records from watchdog

“While I share the concerns of my colleagues about the actions of the current inspector general, it is also clear the Secret Service tried to impede the inspector general’s investigation into the events of Jan. 6,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Pay

Another firefighter compensation bill passes, and more ...

A bill providing better pay for federal firefighters passed in the House, and separately a measure to reform retirement for federal first responders advanced, along with other newsworthy items in our weekly roundup on pay and benefits.

Employee Policy

Senate passes bill to root out conflicts of interest in federal contracting

The Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisition Act sets new disclosure requirements and expands authorities for federal contracting officers. 

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A Poll of Government Officials on Tools Needed for Digital Collaboration

As organizations adapt to new hybrid work environments, officials are often faced with the question: how can I improve collaborative work?

Employee Policy

HHS declares monkeypox a public health emergency

The move comes after weeks of pressure as the virus spread throughout the country. 

Employee Policy

Appeals court again overrules Trump-era FLRA policy

Shortly before the 2020 election, labor authority Republicans unraveled decades of precedent, finding that agencies may begin implementing new governmentwide rules when union contracts are extended for the purposes of negotiating a new agreement. As of this week, all of these Trump-era moves have been reversed.

Employee Policy

The state of women in federal law enforcement

Courtney Bublé joins colleagues on GovExec's podcast to discuss gender and policing.

Benefits

After a long delay, Congress approves a bill to provide care to more vets

The measure to spend nearly $6 billion on new workforce incentives, while authorizing 31 new facilities, now heads to President Biden for his signature.

Employee Policy

FEMA and CDC officials will lead federal monkeypox response

The Biden administration has not declared monkeypox a national public health emergency yet.

Employee Policy

Senate Dems join push to block Schedule F

As Republican groups discuss plans to reinstitute the controversial plan to strip tens of thousands of federal workers of their civil service protections, congressional Democrats have renewed their efforts to block it.

Employee Policy

'Independent state legislature doctrine' could end 200 years of progress, take power from the people

A doctrine embraced by some conservatives could be adopted by the Supreme Court. If they do, Americans’ political power will be dramatically limited.

Employee Policy

A top Senate Democrat asks Defense watchdog to investigate more missing Jan. 6 texts

“I don’t know whether the failure to preserve these critical government texts from Jan. 6 is the result of bad faith, stunning incompetence, or outdated records management policies, but we must get to the bottom of it,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Employee Policy

Senators can't agree on agency funding levels

Republicans deride Democratic priorities in fiscal 2023 bills —with just two months until a shutdown. The lawmakers are failing to find agreement, even as Democrats hold back on some increases.