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Presidential Rank Awards return

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

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Pentagon needs AI at every leadership level, panel recommends

Robert Work, vice chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence called for DOD to implement a "top-down leadership" approach "to push integration of AI throughout the force."

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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Thrift Savings Share Prices as of March 10, 2021.

OPM begins full electronic funding campaign for Texas feds

Federal employees living in Texas who were affected by the recent severe winter storm that left millions without power and caused multiple deaths now have some extra support from the federal government.

It’s not fair, but it’s life

Although the pandemic has put us all in the same boat, some people have much better cabins than others. By a lot. And while saying something is not fair can seem almost childish, especially with half a million American deaths, some things aren’t fair. For instance:

Lawmakers want direct vaccine allocations for some feds

A group of House Democrats want vaccines to be allocated directly to federal employees in the National Capital Region. They're asking for the Office of Personnel Management and the Centers for Disease Control to make the inoculation of federal employees a federal process.

President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan Act in the Oval Office, March 11, 2021

Biden signs Rescue bill adding pandemic leave for feds

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law on Thursday. In addition to a massive influx of funding to support Americans harmed by the economic fallout of the pandemic, there is funding available for IT modernization and provision to help the federal workforce cope with COVID-19.

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IG warns of security risks due to pandemic hiring measures at VA

Temporary waivers to speed hiring at VA medical facilities have helped fill workforce gaps, but the agency's Inspector General warns on security risks of putting off certain security checks.

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.

August 23, 2019: Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, speaking at the Democratic National Convention Summer Meeting in San Francisco, California Editorial credit: Sheila Fitzgerald /

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.

OMB deputy director nominee Shalanda Young at her March 2, 2021 nomination hearing. Image from video stream.

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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