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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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Sunshine Week bills includes automating Plum Book

Among the current crop of "Sunshine Week" bills are measures to continually update the Plum Book of federal appointments and to require the president to establish records management controls to store electronic messages in a way that they can later be searched and retrieved.

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VA plans review of $16B EHR program

New Veterans Affairs chief Denis McDonough announced a "strategic review" of the agency's Electronic Health Record Modernization program of up to 12 weeks.

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Committee says number of STEM workers on decline at science agencies

A new committee report details the dramatic decline in the STEM workforces of federal science agencies. Lawmakers talked ideas to rebuild the workforce at a hearing on Wednesday.

Delays in annuity payments draw questions from Capitol Hill

New federal retirees rightly expect a smooth transition—from active payroll to retirement and annuity payments. But there are mounting signs of problems, in particular, significant delays in the timely start to these transfers to folks who are winding down their federal career.

Background investigator pleads guilty to falsified work

Agencies across the federal government rely mightily on thorough background checks to ensure they are staffed with high-quality employees. Background investigators have a very important job, indeed.

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D.C.-area essential feds eligible for vaccines next month

Some agencies have been vaccinating their employees directly, but others haven't. The National Treasury Employee Union wants IRS to secure vaccine allotments for in-person workers nationwide.

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Scammers are using fake fed IDs to extort funds

Scammers of many kinds are increasingly often using fake federal employee IDs to help them carry out their ripoff schemes.

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