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Help raise money for fed emergency charity!

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). FEEA—which this month commemorated its 35th anniversary as part of Federal Recognition Week—is offering gratitude to backers and asking feds to join in on events that raise cash for a good cause.

U.S Rep. Jody B. Hice (R-GA) greets Georgia Army National Guardsmen and families during the Milledgeville based Company D, 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment’s Afghanistan deployment ceremony on Nov.26, 2018. The unit is deploying to Afghanistan to support training the Afghan National Army for the next 9 months.  U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class R.J. Lannom Jr

Republican lawmakers want feds back in the office

Rep. Jody Hice, the top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, says that recent CDC guidance on masks, vaccination and social distancing means that it's time for the federal government to move away from the emergency pandemic footing.

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'Uncertainty' may undermine CBP's enforcement of social media policy, OIG says

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security found divisions among senior Customs and Border Protection officials about the agency's social media posting policies.

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GAO report: 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.

Tax Day 2021 is here...

The IRS is reminding all individual filers that today—Monday, May 17—is the deadline on tax returns for tax year 2020, or put in for an extension. The extraordinary extension from mid-April was implemented to help ease the challenge posed by COVID.

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VA says claims backlog will peak this summer

Recent additions to the backlog of veterans affected by Agent Orange are going to add to an expected spike in the backlog of pending benefits claims at the Veterans Benefits Administration, but agency officials are still aiming to get the levels closer to pre-pandemic numbers by the end of fiscal year 2022.

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What is TSA's role in pipeline security?

Questions about whether TSA is rightly positioned to oversee cybersecurity for natural gas and oil pipelines are resurfacing in the wake of the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline.

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Dems want Biden to back plan for all-electric USPS fleet

House Democrats are urging the White House to support an $8 billion taxpayer-funded proposal to direct the United States Postal Service to move towards an all-electric delivery fleet far sooner than the plan Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled earlier this year.

Honoring Feds: Foreign Service event celebrates workforce, honors the fallen

The purpose of the Foreign Service is to promote peace and protect Americans and American interests abroad. At present, the U.S. has over 15,000 Foreign Service officers under several agencies, the largest portion with the State Department. Many thousands of dedicated civil servants who have done the necessary work of these positions, over the years, have served in difficult assignments—and more than a few have lost their lives.

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Dems, unions urge reclassification of TSA screeners

So far, Republicans haven't signed on to a plan to alter the agency's unique personnel situation. Some experts caution that there are untended consequences from a move to put TSA officers under Title 5.

House committee reviews bills aimed at fed workforce reform

Six separate bills focused on federal employee reform and policy are being considered by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

WH Task Force to develop ways to facilitate union organizing, bargaining…

The White House has launched a new push to help the nation’s workers—including federal employees—who want to join, or make better use of, employee unions—an effort particularly aimed at improving awareness, easing collective bargaining and generally improving policies and practices as permitted under established law.

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Thrift Savings Share Prices as of April 29, 2021.

Public Service Recognition Week begins

Public Service Recognition Week begins May 2—marking an annual tradition of a week filled with events hosting and honoring public servants, at the local, state and federal level, for their valuable contributions to society.

OPM releases details on emergency paid leave law

The Office of Personnel Management released details on Thursday about the use of the emergency paid leave for feds signed into law in the American Rescue Plan in March.

Fed contractors to get wage increase

The White House, in a new Executive Order, acted this week to ensure that federal contractors pay workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

Pandemic led nearly 60 percent of feds teleworking

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned workplaces worldwide upside-down, shuttering crowded office centers and shifting thousands of workers to telework—shaking up decades-long patterns in which a physical commute separated home life and work.

2020 job satisfaction scores plummet, OMB says

Feds working in the Office of Management and Budget reported last year in the government's annual employee survey that they were unsure of their ability to blow the whistle without fear of reprisal and were distrustful of top agency leadership.

D.C. employment lawyer to lead MSPB

Cathy Harris, a Washington, D.C., employment and civil rights lawyer, is the Biden administration's pick to lead the Merit Systems Protection Board.

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