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OPM Director talks fed recruitment

OPM Director Kiran Ahuja talked about streamlining hiring, implementing President Biden's executive order on diversity and more at a George Mason University event.

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Feds to Congress: Fix the Debt Ceiling

Some fed organizations and unions are chiming in with warnings on the continuing standoff in Congress over the debt limit—and with the Treasury Secretary warning of possible trouble ahead, that worry is spreading among the federal community.

TSA Employees win appeals rights

The union representing more than 45,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs), the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), last week announced a huge win. After more than 20 years of effort, these feds have secured the right to appeal removal and other adverse actions taken by management.

Shutdown avoided—narrowly

Congress avoided causing a governmentwide shutdown, with barely a day left to spare before deadline passing a continuing resolution that will keep agencies running through Dec. 3.

CBP Union: Mandate vaccine for arrivals

The union representing employees of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—including 29,000 agency employees—is publicizing its approval of the requirement that foreign nationals must show proof of vaccination to enter the U.S. via air. But the union wants the requirement extended to all sea and land border crossings, too.

DeTrumping the government

Veteran federal government reporter and columnist Mike Causey considers some possible consequences of the COVID era, and the transformation of somewhere between 43%—sampled before the pandemic—and most federal employees now into long-term remote workers.

Retirement: A practical and emotional decision

This week FEND looked for insights on current trends in retirement—for example, the current surge of people leaving their careers early—and we sought advice on retirement from Robin Ryan. Ryan is a long-time Forbes magazine reporter and Wall Street Journal-bestselling author specializing in employment and retirement issues. She has written voluminously, offering clear-eyed advice on the workplace, careers and retirement.

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POGO to Congress: Enact PODA

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) is pressing Congress to pass PODA, a reform bill the group says would help federal employees—including hardening protections for whistleblowers.

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October: National Retirement Security Month

The awareness-raising event began as an effort to get government workers to put more thought into savings—but it has since morphed into a nationwide effort to get all Americans to do so. Congress has recognized the event every year since its inception.

Vaccine enforcement coming as early as Nov. 9

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued new guidance on Oct. 1, outlining the Biden administration's discipline process for noncompliant feds—and the agency said enforcement could begin as soon as Nov. 9.

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TSA head: More rights on way for screeners

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want TSA to resolve longstanding compensation issues for the frontline agency's workforce.

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Soon: Contractor language on COVID

New language on COVID safety requirements to be demanded of private companies in federal contracts, including a universal vaccination mandate for workers, is being crafted and is expected to be released this week. All private contractors doing business with agencies must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8.

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Shutdown averted, but feds criticize chaos

Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 3, just in time to avoid a shutdown.

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Federal CIO tees up new TMF awards

The awards—whose purpose is to modernize government IT—are the first since TMF's $1 billion plus-up in the American Rescue Plan Act, and are expected to be made public soon.

How feds can access TSP loans during shutdowns

During the 35-day shutdown in 2018, the government's retirement savings system saw a spike in withdrawals from federal employees looking to make ends meet without regular paychecks.

Big win: TSA employees secure appeals rights

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union representing the nation's more than 45,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) this week announced a huge win: After two decades of effort, these long-underappreciated feds have secured the right to appeal termination and other adverse actions taken by management.

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Funding bill fails in Senate

The federal government is up against approaching deadlines for avoiding a partial government shutdown and hitting its debt ceiling.

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Fed orgs, unions hope to avert shutdown

Major federal employee unions and advocacy organizations are pressing Congress to get on with passing a spending bill before the Thursday night deadline, to avoid the chaos of a shutdown that still looms over federal agencies and the whole country.

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Lessons of the Cyber Reskilling Academy

The leaders who orchestrated a reskilling program meant to transform feds into cyber defense analysts have some takeaways to share.

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