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BOP staff concerned about work safety during pandemic

An increasing number of Federal Bureau of Prisons staff is raising concern about their safety during the novel coronavirus pandemic as management struggles to meet the needs of both employees and inmates.

Expert: 'Schedule F' plan likely to be scuttled entirely, but some reforms are needed

This week, Nathan Abse interviewed an expert—Donald Kettl—a professor of public policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, on issues surrounding new job classifications under “Schedule F”.

Senior Execs: December conference addresses COVID

An online conference for federal leaders—scheduled for next week—aims to help top managers cope with and shape the future direction of their work—most pressingly, to share experiences and help ensure new and better ways to deal with COVID, telework and other ongoing challenges.

CFC: Don’t forget to give this year!

This year—with so many families across the country savaged by COVID job disruptions, illnesses and even deaths—charity offered by those that are lucky enough have made it through the storm with some resources and gainful employment is more important than ever.

Shutdown concerns remain—meanwhile, feds fume over proposed pay freeze

Federal agencies are only funded through Friday, Dec. 11—a fast-approaching deadline, with anxiety rising among federal employees and unions. In addition to continued funding for agencies, departments—and federal payroll—also in play is the federal pay raise.

Payroll tax scheme: Feds stuck with debt

Congress and federal employees have suffered a setback that for some could prove to be more than a small inconvenience: a hefty extra tax bill that likely will come due early next year.

GAO report finds minority women still face pay disparity in gov’t

Incomplete data on promotion by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission limit the ability of agencies to ensure equal opportunity for promotions across gender, race and ethnicity, the report says.

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Many of Trump's political appointees may stay in government under Biden

Burrowing has a history that traces back to civil service reforms of the late 1880s, when Congress passed a law to try to ensure that jobs were awarded on merit rather than patronage. The number of hires sought under Trump is so far roughly similar to the tally of other recent administrations, but the types of positions being converted are more political than in the past

DOD extends telework flexibility through summer

In support of efforts and best practices to help the Department of Defense minimize risk to its civilian personnel and their families, DOD employees may continue to telework with a child or family dependent at home, the agency recently announced.

SEA: Leadership event addresses COVID, telework

An online conference for federal leaders—scheduled for next week—aims to help top managers cope with and shape the future direction of their work—most pressingly, to share experiences and help ensure new and better ways to deal with COVID, telework and other ongoing challenges.

During pandemic and job loss, don’t forget to give...

Each fall, federal employees make the effort to contribute to their favorite charities and causes through the Combined Federal Campaign.

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WH presses on with Schedule F, feds push back

The Trump administration’s efforts to reduce or even remove appeals rights for many feds continues, as does a massive effort by fed advocates to prevent further erosions of protections.

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Lawmakers request more info on Schedule F conversions

The lawmakers requested information about any political appointees given civil service positions and about any positions converted to the new personnel category created by President Trump.

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House chairs seek 'full accounting' of Schedule F conversions

The lawmakers requested information about any political appointees given civil service positions and about any positions converted to the new personnel category created by President Trump.

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Dems look to funding bill to block Schedule F

A group of House Democrats including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) are pushing for appropriators to block the implementation of the Schedule F federal employee reclassification in a must-pass funding bill needed to avoid a government shutdown.

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What can you expect from Joe Biden’s DOD?

President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team is taking shape. FCW talked with experts to understand exactly what’s at stake for the Defense Department’s modernization efforts over the next four years.

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3,600 feds awarded COVID-19 disability or death benefits

Federal employees and their families, numbering in the thousands, have been harmed or killed by COVID-19 proven or presumed to be contracted on the job—and a significant number are now receiving compensation.

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GSA releases transition funds to Biden

More than two weeks after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election by the Associated Press, the General Services Administration is releasing $7.3 million in transition funding and making other resources available to the president-elect's team.

Federal employees and retirees: Giving together on Giving Tuesday is a present for those in need

The holiday season is upon us, and it is a perfect time to reflect on everything we, as Federal employees, are grateful for: family, friends, good health, and the honor serving the American people. Many of us are fortunate and grateful for that every day.

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FLRA: VA must reinstate feds fired under EOs, issue back pay

In a win for the National VA Council, the Federal Labor Relations Authority dismissed the VA's exceptions to an arbitrator's award that requires it to reinstate union employees fired without performance improvement plans.

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