Pay

$15 / hour federal employee minimum wage implemented

OPM this week ordered the implementation of the $15 minimum wage for federal employees. Agencies must abide the requirement, beginning with all pay periods subsequent to Jan. 30.

Employee Policy

Feds at ports of entry struggle with staff shortages

Customs and Border Protection employees at hundreds of ports of entry are straining under continuing, chronic staff shortages. Making matters worse there is the pandemic, of course—but also a little-recognized rise in seaborne imports at some locations.

Employee Policy

Cyber: NSA to get binding operational directive authority

A new memo signed by President Biden outlines how the May 2021 executive order on cybersecurity applies to national security systems.

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Bringing 5G Cybersecurity to the Fore

The only way to deliver on the promise of 5G is to ensure cybersecurity evolves along with it. Here’s how government agencies are prioritizing that security.

Employee Policy

Free COVID tests: Postal workers get behind mass mailing

Postal workers speak out in support of the White House move to mail free, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests to millions of American households, to help slow the coronavirus pandemic.

HHS releases long-awaited electronic health info sharing framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Jan. 18 released the long-awaited Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement.

Ferriero to retire from National Archives

After 12 years on the job, Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero will retire from his post this spring.

Feds join in remembering MLK

On this national holiday weekend, feds are joining people across America and the world in honoring the life and achievements of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Employee Policy

Biden's CX order puts new momentum behind longtime efforts, leaders

Officials at a recent American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) event outlined how a White House EO on customer experience for those using government services is helping to unify many disparate and related efforts across government.

Pay

Bill proposes 5.1 percent pay boost for feds

Like other Americans, feds are enduring a sustained rise in consumer prices. Pay raises have simply not kept up. Proposed legislation would go a long way toward easing the hurt imposed by inflation—but not until 2023.

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As we look out at a world that’s rapidly becoming more digital it’s becoming apparent that future success is contingent on the information that agencies will have at their fingertips.

Employee Policy

DHS launches new program to recruit, train climate professionals

The program—aimed at recruiting recent graduates as well as current federal employees—is one of the department's efforts meant to focus DHS on adapting to climate change.

Employee Policy

MSPB passes five-year mark without a quorum

Without a quorum on the Merit Systems Protection Board, the panel is unable to issue decisions for appeals—leaving thousands in limbo and a critical part of the civil service system non-functional.

Retirement

OPM: Annual notices to retirees delayed

OPM is delaying in mailing out its annual official notice on annuity adjustments. But the agency says annuitants should be able to avoid the delay by accessing the same information, specific to their own accounts, online.

Employee Policy

OPM prods agencies to name chief diversity officers

OPM followed up on an executive order on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in a letter released Monday regarding chief diversity officers. OPM is establishing a forum for these officials, it says.

Pay

Pay boost for overworked BOP staff

Bureau of Prisons workers at two understaffed and overworked facilities are slated to receive both pay raises and retention bonuses, after hefty efforts by their unions in cooperation with management.

Benefits

Federal Academic Alliance expands

Several new schools and training offerings have been added to the program that offers reduced tuition to feds.

FEND

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Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of January 6, 2022

FEND

Snow shutters D.C. fed offices—twice

Winter storms hit the D.C. area last week, twice shutting down the federal government's in-person workspaces.

FEND

PPS leadership training

A leading good government group, the Partnership for Public Service, urges feds to consider taking its latest management development course, designed to help GS-7s to GS-11s get more out of their careers.