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Trump revived Andrew Jackson’s spoils system, which would undo America’s 138-year-old professional civil service

The federal government’s core civilian workforce has long been known for its professionalism. About 2.1 million nonpartisan career officials provide essential public services in such diverse areas as agriculture, national parks, defense, homeland security, environmental protection and veterans affairs.

USDA: Relocations caused significant workforce damage

A new report tallies up some of the substantial workforce dysfunction—harms broadly predicted by employee unions and personnel experts—that the move inflicted, both in terms of employees who quit or retired early and morale among the remaining workforce.

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Agencies feel IT staff shortages from Trump administration hiring freezes

Trump administration hiring freezes have been causing a strain on federal agencies trying to cope with the demands put on IT staff because of telework.

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Bill aims to close retirement loophole for federal first responders

Sponsors say the legislation is needed to allow federal first responders to access their retirement benefits if they are injured on the job.

Report: Military spouses’ job opportunities often hit 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.

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DHS tells agencies to be on alert, protect employees

In light of the deadly riots at the U.S. Capital last month, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to the heads of federal agencies that government employees and facilities may be a target for a continuance in violence and domestic terrorism.

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Paid family and medical leave bill moves to House

House Democrats are looking to extend federal employee benefits with new legislation.

EO: Federal employees gain new $15 minimum wage

Federal employees long have heard that, generally, they are underpaid, according to some reports—that is, when compared with their private-sector counterparts.

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Air Force chief looks to combat extremism in military

To create a better environment for all service members, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., the Air Force's chief of staff said leadership will have to lay out "what our expectations are for those who are to be a part of our force."

Study: DHS needs to improve employee morale

Some agencies get poor reviews in employee engagement surveys—and the sprawling Department of Homeland Security, sadly, is a perennial member the low morale club.

Plum Book gives look into fed political appointments

The quadrennial book containing lists of jobs filled by appointment in the executive and legislative branches known as the Plum Book came out last week, offering some details, but not a full picture, of senior level positions in the last year of the Trump administration.

Mileage reimbursement rates fall

For the second year in a row, federal employees will get less money for their mileage reimbursements.

Former Air Force and DISA exec, dies at 78

John Garing has died at 78, but leaves behind a legacy as a mentor to the people around him and a leader always looking for new and better ways to improve government.

With new administration feds get mask mandate, diversity training reversal

President Joe Biden's Day 1 to-do list includes several federal workforce policies, although it notably does not include the reversal of Trump's controversial Schedule F executive order.

What makes you happy as a fed?

Has anybody ever told you could make a lot more money on the outside? That somebody in the private sector—maybe a government contractor—really knows how to treat a person like you? Not like a cheap, faceless bureaucrat but as a human being with skills, talent and feelings.

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Connolly again offers pay hike bill

If passed, the bill would give feds a raise of an average 3.2%.

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COVID: White House orders government-wide mask use

With coronavirus still spreading and vaccination only beginning, the new Biden administration is ordering all federal employees, contractors and visitors on federal property—across all federal agencies—to wear a mask.

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For feds, mask mandate, diversity training reversal on Day 1 of Biden presidency

President Joe Biden is expected to reverse a raft of Trump-era federal workforce policy, but some executive actions will take time.

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Online poll: Capitol violence adds to feds’ unease

With our elected political leadership undergoing the most tumultuous transition in a century—or more—feds are feeling the added strain, according to a new poll.

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