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Whistleblower rights may soon be extended to TSA employees

This month, lawmakers in the House re-introduced the Rights for the Transportation Security Administration Workforce Act. This bill would extend federal workplace coverage protections to TSA employees.

Considering long-term care in a COVID context

While many people assume that Medicare will cover the cost of all long-term care needs, it likely won’t: specifically, it does not cover the cost of assistance with daily activities such as bathing, getting dressed, and general mobility that is needed by many as they age.

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Will Schedule F return?

As it stands, future presidents could re-create Schedule F with more exemptions from the civil service, a power that the courts and the Congress have the power to change.

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Lawmakers urge OPM to grant leave for vaccinations

Members of Congress who have high federal employee populations joined together to pen a letter to the Office of Personnel Management requesting that federal employees receive time off to get vaccinated.

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COVID package includes paid leave for feds

A provision from the House Oversight and Reform Committee would give feds 600 hours – or 15 weeks – of emergency paid leave to recover from COVID-19 or manage dependents whose care has been upended by the health crisis.

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California lawmaker wants to cut DOD workforce

As part of an effort to create a more efficient civilian workforce at the Defense Department, one lawmaker wants to reduce the size of the agency.

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Bill looks to overhaul tech unemployment benefits

The $500 million bill would pay for the Department of Labor to help develop new benefits technology capabilities to share with states and to establish a digital services team to develop and maintain the tech.

Military spouses’ often hit with job opportunities obstacles

Military spouses—numbering over 605,000 in active duty families alone—could use more help from federal, state and other authorities in finding and keeping good gainful employment in fields in which they possess expertise.

DOD aims to overhaul transgender service member policies

Over the next two months, the Department of Defense will work with both senior civilian and military leaders to reform policies put in place under the last administration that banned transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. military.

Navy examines racism, sexism in the ranks

The Navy has released nearly 60 recommendations on combatting systemic racism and sexism in the ranks as part of a long awaited report on diversity and inclusion.

Who first?

Back in the day, there were rules. For example, one rule was that captains often went down with their ships. It was the right thing to do. Or at least they did not abandon ship until everybody else on board was safe and sound. At least, I think that’s the way it was supposed to work. I’m pretty sure Capt. Smith went down with the Titanic.

VA contractor health care program needs tighter controls

The federal workforce includes vast numbers of veterans—about a third of feds are vets and can use services through the Department of Veterans Affairs, with still more in federal families. In short, what happens at VA matters to feds—especially in VA health care options.

VA’s contract healthcare provider program needs safeguards

The federal workforce includes vast numbers of veterans—about a third of feds are vets and can use services through the Department of Veterans Affairs, with still more in federal families. In short, what happens at VA matters to feds—especially in VA healthcare options.

Bill seeks to close retirement loophole for first responders

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House and Senate would change the retirement classification of injured federal first responders who return to work in a different type of federal position.

Photo credit: Jim Lambert/Shutterstock uly 27, 2019. Travelers in long lines at Denver International Airport going thru the Transportation Security Administrations (TSA) security screening areas to get to their flights.

Dems look to expand workplace protections to TSA workers

The bill would move all TSA employees into Title 5 of the U.S. Code, with pay conforming to the general schedule and collective bargaining rights.

U.S. Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Mich., asks questions during the confirmation hearing of U.S. Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., July 16, 2019. Esper was nominated for Secretary of Defense by President Donald J. Trump on July 15, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Sen. Peters takes over committee reviewing workforce priorities

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will be faced with oversight responsibilities over the SolarWinds hack, the federal government's response to the pandemic and with legislation to implement the Biden administration's priorities for the federal workforce.

Biden fires Trump’s labor appointees

President Joe Biden has asked for the resignation of the entire Federal Service Impasse Panel, a group charged with handling disputes between employee unions and agency negotiators.

DOD to overhaul transgender service member policies

Over the next two months, the Department of Defense will work with both senior civilian and military leaders to reform policies put in place under the last administration that banned transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. military.

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Navy examines racism, sexism in the ranks

The Navy's Task Force One Navy report looks to STEM training, recruitment, grooming policies as paths to encourage diversity and inclusion.

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