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TSP: Reasonable gains—for some funds—over a rough year

Federal employees who participate in the Thrift Savings Plan got a perhaps unexpected gift this holiday season: robust gains.

Whistleblowers now have stronger protections

A federal judge in a California district court blocked parts of President Donald Trump's executive order on diversity and inclusion training that apply to federal contractors and grant recipients.

Feds get 1% raise in 2021

The president, over the holidays, approved a 1% pay increase for civilian federal employees in 2021.

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IRS reforms begin to take shape

A major union representing thousands of employees at the Internal Revenue Service is hopeful about reforms—and improved resources and procedures—taking shape at the long hard-put agency.

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Former Air Force and DISA exec, dies at 78

The winner of GCN's Hall of Fame award in 2010, Garing continued his government IT career with Suss Consulting and Vion Corp.

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EEOC cancels official time for union reps

The rule change will restrict the use of official time for union representatives working with complainants on discrimination charges.

TSP: A record of reasonable gains in places—despite rough year

Federal employees who participate in the Thrift Savings Plan got a perhaps unexpected gift this holiday season: robust gains.

Federal whistleblowers now have stronger protections

For decades, federal employee unions and advocacy organizations have complained about weak protections for feds who stand up and blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse.

Raise finalized for feds' 2021 pay

The president, over the holidays, approved a 1% pay increase for civilian federal employees in 2021.

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Report: Agencies issued 200,000+ doses of COVID vaccine

Feds started the new year like they ended the last one—with COVID-19 harming every corner of the country, as well as work and personal lives.

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Deadline extended for Federal 100 nominations!

You now have until Friday, Jan. 15, to get them in.

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Judge blocks parts of workforce order

A nationwide injunction blocks sections of the order that apply to contractors and grant recipients, including a hotline created for employees to report training materials.

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Remote work may put government data at risk

While convenient during this pandemic, allowing employees to use personal laptops and phones for work increases the risk of unauthorized access to government systems and data.

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Fed unions, groups react to funding deal

Federal employees—and their unions and advocate groups—are heartened by recent moves toward funding agencies, averting a government shutdown.

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NTEU seeks to block Schedule F with lawsuit

The government has until January 15 to respond to the National Treasury Employees Union's lawsuit seeking the blockage of the new employee classification.

Proposed rule would change layoff procedures

A proposed rule change would implement part of a 2018 workforce executive order by prioritizing performance over service length in determining who is kept and who is let go in the event of a large "reduction in force" among federal workers.

DOL finalizes religious exemption rule change for fed contractors

The Department of Labor this week finalized a rule change that allows federal contractors to claim a religious exemption to discriminate against certain groups when making hiring decisions.

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Shutdown avoided—as Congress, WH make $900B deal

Federal employees and their professional and advocate organizations are relieved this week, as news broke from Washington that a $900 billion-plus COVID relief bill deal was finally reached.

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