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Bureau of Prisons suffers severe shortage of officers, union says

The Bureau of Prisons has far too few officers, according to AFGE, but there are glimmers of hope for a solution up ahead.

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Biden's OPM nominee appears headed for confirmation

The White House's nominee for director of the Office of Personnel Management, Kiran Ahuja, is moving toward confirmation.

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New WH guidance for feds returning to the office

The Biden administration released new guidelines this week, permitting the large-scale return to in-person work across federal agencies, rolling back current COVID occupancy limits but at the same time maintaining maximum telework status in place.

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WH: Agencies shouldn't require vaccinations, or ask for vaccination status

Agencies should not demand that federal employees or contractors be vaccinated to return to the workplace, nor should they demand vaccination status be disclosed, according to guidance from the White House's Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, issued this week.

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President rescinds last year's TikTok controls, issues new ones

President Biden this week revoked a 2020 executive order cracking down on the Chinese-owned apps TikTok, WeChat and others. But the administration simultaneously issued new restrictions on the apps--some that appear to be even more stringent.

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The small federal office at the heart of Biden's equity agenda

A civil service office tucked inside the Labor Department is gearing up to play an outsized part in the Biden administration's work on racial equity.

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NTEU praises budget boost plans

The National Treasury Employees Union is optimistic about proposed increased funding and staffing at agencies, highlighting IRS, CBP and others.

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USCIS: Union pushes for funding, staff increases

The largest union representing employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is endorsing WH plans to increase funding and staffing across USCIS.

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OPM OKs rehiring former feds at a higher salary

A new rule from OPM will permit former feds to be re-hired at a higher salary than their last agency job. To date, re-hiring for higher pay--by going outside competitive service processes--has been prohibited.

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Government accountants: Virtual training event, just ahead

The Association of Government Accountants is reminding government financial management professionals that the 2021 Professional Development Training conference next month is offering all-virtual attendance and training options.

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Report: Feds face return to workplace

With a majority of the U.S. at least partially vaccinated and the pandemic easing, employers—including the federal government—are planning to reopen many more workspaces

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Social Security has much to offer workers and retirees online

The Social Security Administration is reminding the public that many of the disability, retirement and survivor benefits agency’s functions can be easily accessed online.

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WH orders TSA to facilitate union, raise screener pay

The White House has ordered the Transportation Security Administration to immediately move to enhance the status of union representation already in place at the agency.

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COVID boosts fed hiring less than expected

Fewer separations, not hiring spikes, drove 2020 growth.

GAO: SBA sees spike in spending, workforce

Over the past year, the Small Business Administration massively boosted spending—and staffing—to address several new and unprecedented agency priorities, as a lead in managing the economic fallout from the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic.

WH proposes 2.7% bump in pay for feds

Good news for feds: The Biden administration is proposing a 2.7% increase in pay next year—if effected, the largest annual bump in pay in over a decade.

OPM opens window to enroll in HSAs

If you haven’t already done so, June is a special enrollment month for joining or altering selections in health savings accounts—the Federal Spending Account Program, known as FSAFEDS.

FEEA celebrates 35th anniversary

For three-and-a-half decades, federal employees and their families have had a resource to draw on in tough times: the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA).

VA sees spike in demand for VA mental health services

In the last 20 years, the nation’s armed forces have been pushed hard. The 9/11 terrorist attacks led to intensified American involvement in conflicts, the War on Terror, all over the world. Warfare—whether combat or lengthy and frequent postings far from friends, family and country—places powerful stresses on the body and the mind.

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