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OPM: Agencies, fed unions must re-examine flawed contracts

The White House has issued a number of executive orders reversing the previous administration’s actions—but one of the more recent ones perhaps will affect feds the most—and federal employee unions are celebrating the move.


Challenge ahead: Rebuilding civil service

Surveys, news stories and other telling reports issued in recent years have laid bare a troubling reality: ​that key parts of the federal civil service are low on personnel—and morale.

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WH: Order gives feds time off for voting

The White House has issued an executive order calling for agencies to give employees time off for voting.

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OPM revives Presidential Rank Awards

For more than 40 years, top-performing feds have been recognized by the annual Presidential Rank Awards.

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Senate votes to extend pandemic benefits for contractors

A Senate amendment to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act extends pandemic relief authorities to government contractors for paid leave through the end of the fiscal year.

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Top House Dems push Young for budget director

The House Speaker her and top lieutenants are pressing for the nomination of Shalanda Young to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

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OMB deputy nominee appears to be easy confirmation

While Neera Tanden's nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget is in peril, it looks like Shalanda Young will have an smooth path to confirmation as the agency's number two official.

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Fed advocacy org celebrates 100th birthday

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is celebrating 100 years of its hard work in behalf of federal workers.

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Credentials: Feds bypass COVID closures, get IDs at USPS storefronts

Federal employees, like workers the world over, have endured novel workplace problems large and small throughout the past year of the COVID pandemic.

DOL to revise Trump rule for religious orgs

The agency plans going to reverse the rule through notice and comment rulemaking, a process that could take months.

Hatch Act: Recent cases remind feds to keep work free of politics

In recent years, a wave of violations of that Hatch Act has come into view, an this week, the Office of Special Counsel has moved on meting out discipline to a handful of serious violators.

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Democrats work to shape post-Trump workforce policy

Democrats in Congress are considering legislation on multiple workforce fronts, including the issue of limiting the president's authority to remake the civil service via executive order.

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Kiran Ahuja to lead OPM

The former Office of Personnel Management chief of staff is slated to return to lead the federal government's human resources agency.

Independent prosecutor possible for military sexual misconduct cases

In response to years of frustration over the Defense Department’s handling of sexual assault cases, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee is considering making a major change to its legal framework.

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Fed law enforcement employees, orgs back LEO Equity Act

Feds who work in the challenging field of law enforcement, and the organizations that represent them, are embracing legislation they hope—finally—might provide equity and inclusion for their colleagues across all agencies.

Unions, orgs embrace law enforcement equity bill

Feds who work in the challenging field of law enforcement, and the organizations that represent them, are embracing legislation they hope—finally—might provide equity and inclusion for their colleagues across all agencies.

Military retirees have fewer financial, health challenges than those who leave service early

Compared with veterans who have successfully retired from military service, post-9/11 veterans who did not retire fully from service face more challenges with access to health care experience more financial and social hardships, a new survey finds.

TSA employees may soon get Whistleblower rights

The vast majority of feds are protected, at least in part, by the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 and other federal laws.

Union deal expands childcare subsidy to more NSF employees

A collaboration between a local chapter of largest federal employees union and the National Science Foundation will allow more NSF employees in the nation’s capital to take advantage of valuable child care subsidy.

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