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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.

Bill to overhaul unemployment benefit technology

A group of Senate Democrats led by Finance Committee chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a bill on Wednesday to revamp state unemployment insurance technology by creating a set of shareable technology capabilities for benefits centered on user experience.

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House COVID bill includes paid leave for feds

The House Oversight committee is set to markup provisions for the coming COVID-19 relief and recovery bill that includes new money to support emergency paid leave for civilian federal employees.

Lawmaker calls for smaller civilian 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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AFGE works to maximize Democratic control on the Hill

Although workplace safety is top of mind, the American Federation of Government Employees wants Congress to pursue action beyond the reversal of Trump workforce policies.

OPM: Agencies must move on paid parental leave, other enhancements

The Office of Personnel Management is nudging agencies to get moving on applying several recently mandated enhancements to pay and benefits for feds—improvements that were clarified in funding bills passed at the end of last year.

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Lawmakers seek direct vaccine allocations for D.C.-area feds

A group of Capital region Democrats want the Office of Personnel Management and the Centers for Disease Control to make the inoculation of federal employees a federal process.

Survey examines difference in military benefits of retirees vs. non-retirees

While veterans are technically considered those who served honorably in the active duty military for at least 20 years, are receiving military-retiree pay or have been medically retired, there are also those who left service before retirement and do not receive the same level of benefits as those who did.

D.C.-area federal offices closed due to weather

Dangerous weather conditions, including snow and ice has reached the nation’s capital, causing local federal employees to take heed.

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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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