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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.


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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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