The COVID pandemic hit the U.S. economy hard. In recent months, however, indicators show recovery, but with one new problem: Inflation. This week, Nathan Abse talks to retirement expert Mary Johnson of The Senior Citizens League on how bills in Congress could increase COLAs to better protect retiring feds, and seniors generally, from rising prices.
Thrift Savings Share Prices as of July 29, 2021
The Senate cleared a bipartisan bill that would expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses, and push government to modernize acquisition processes.
A bill that would provide federal employees with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave each year advanced in the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
A poll of feds finds there's a disconnect between a federal workforce that self-identifies as being strongly motivated to do public service, but judges management to lag on this primary aim.
Unions offer mixed reactions to new CDC-spurred White House policy that puts more pressure on feds to get vaccinated.
Federal civilian agencies can tap a bug reporting system fielded by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to track potential website and software vulnerabilities.
The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), representing engineers and other professionals across the federal government, joined other fed organizations to endorse the recent White House policy change designed to encourage hesitant feds to get vaccinated.
In the wake of new CDC recommendations calling for masking up again indoors, federal agencies are scrambling to put requirements for face coverings back in place.
The federal government continues to face challenges in recruiting a skilled cybersecurity workforce, amid private sector demand and hiring process obstacles, but recent signs show long-term efforts at improvement are starting to pay off.
The White House is on course to require all civilian federal employees across the government to get fully vaccinated, or face mandatory ongoing COVID testing, according to reports. Exceptions may be made for religious and health reasons, depending on the job and agency.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told a Senate panel on Tuesday, July 27, that a decision on whether to keep BLM headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo. needs to come "fairly soon."
The Federal Workers Alliance, an umbrella org for federal employee unions and advocacy groups, is pressing the White House to take action on two key federal labor panels—the Federal Labor Relations Board (FLRB) and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP).
VA Secretary Denis McDonough cited the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as a factor in ordering the new vaccination policy.
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After years of failed attempts to strengthen the powers of inspectors general, a report documents a renewed push by IGs, advocates and lawmakers to pass legislation on the issue.
The Army is taking cues from blockchain to help make battlefield data more trustworthy for commanding officers. "Immutable" data is data they can be sure of.
Weeks after DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ordered TSA to develop expanded union rights for Transportation Security Administration employees, the union that has long represented them reports progress.
Recipients of the annual Arthur Flemming Awards were recognized recently, in an online event spotlighting outstanding, innovative feds.
At a Senate hearing last week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough noted deficiencies in training, including a lack of a real system available for use by clinicians in advance of the go-live date for a new, integrated health care software system.