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Lawmakers, unions: Bill aims to protect feds from dangerous vehicles

A recent General Services Administration probe, as reported by the agency and various news outlets, reveals chances are better than one in ten that your federal work vehicle has at least one outstanding recall item—in many cases, involving something safety-related—that has never been rectified.

Army grants help with childcare, homeschooling

The U.S. Army is now offering financial assistance that will help more soldiers with childcare and remote learning expenses caused by the pandemic.

OPM extends special hiring authority

COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 in the U.S., and it continues to sharply impede economic activities, including disrupting normal federal recruitment and hiring.

Are feds really ‘fire-proof’?

Although I can’t prove it, I suspect that the number one complaint—from ordinary taxpayers —about the federal civil service is that feds are fire-proof: that once in they are installed in their jobs, they are there for the duration. Regardless of how they perform.

Lawmakers examine White House marijuana policy

Past use of pot shouldn't make executive branch employees subject to negative employment actions, 30 House Democrats told President Joe Biden.

Opinion piece: Workforce reforms should focus on fed pay system

After perhaps the White House most committed to tearing up the federal employment rule book—that is, existing workplace merit principles, laws and regulations—the new Biden administration has halted that push, and aims to reverse such recent changes.

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Thrift Savings Share Prices as of April 20, 2021.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of April 1, 2021.

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SSA: Unions, congressional Democrats want faster pace in labor reform

The Social Security Administration is under fire from unions and congressional Democrats unhappy with the agency's pace in implementing the Biden administration's changes to labor-management relations, and many are seeking the ouster of the Trump-appointed agency heads.

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IG says DOD should update emergency response plans to accommodate telework

Each component should also update its plan "to include revised assumptions regarding telework for personnel and the resources required to support the teleworking workforce," the IG wrote in an April 1 report.

OPM extends COVID special hiring authority

As of this week, COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 in the U.S., and it continues to sharply impede economic activities, including disrupting normal federal recruitment and hiring.

Opinion: Fed workforce reforms should focus on pay system

After perhaps the White House most committed to tearing up the federal employment rule book—that is, existing workplace merit principles, laws and regulations—the new Biden administration has halted that push, and aims to reverse such recent changes.

Dangerous official vehicles? Bill aims to protect feds, the public

Does your federal job involve using a government vehicle? If so, if you want to be safe behind the wheel, you might need to do more than just fasten your seat belt.

Postal workers react to USPS long-term plan

The Postal Service has been hammered with criticism especially hard over the past year, as over a decade of struggle over legislative mandates, technological changes and workforce cuts blew up under its new leader’s sharp—and politicized—slowdowns in mail delivery.

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Lawmakers examine White House pot policy

The White House has fired at least five staffers after their disclosure of previous marijuana use and some lawmakers urging the White House to clarify its policies and take into account a growing nationwide movement supporting legal pot.

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OPM official says there is no going back to pre-COVID status quo

The Office of Personnel Management wants to use upcoming guidance on telework to offer a new vision for federal work, an agency official said Wednesday.

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What's at stake with Biden's Pentagon vacancies?

The Biden administration has several Defense Department vacancies to fill in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and military departments. But what does that mean for personnel and the 2022 budget?

Grants help with childcare, homeschooling for soldiers

The U.S. Army is now offering financial assistance that will help more soldiers with childcare and remote learning expenses caused by the pandemic.

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Labor Department gets $2B for unemployment insurance delivery

The Labor Department recently got $2 billion for the administrative costs of unemployment insurance delivery. Democratic Lawmakers have a plan for how the agency should use it.

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Court overturns MSPB rule on performance-based removals

The appeals court ruling changes decades of precedent to require agencies to justify the placement of an employee on a performance improvement plan in the event that they appeal their removal.

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