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Former Air Force and DISA exec, dies at 78

John Garing has died at 78, but leaves behind a legacy as a mentor to the people around him and a leader always looking for new and better ways to improve government.

What makes you happy as a fed?

Has anybody ever told you could make a lot more money on the outside? That somebody in the private sector—maybe a government contractor—really knows how to treat a person like you? Not like a cheap, faceless bureaucrat but as a human being with skills, talent and feelings.

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COVID: White House orders government-wide mask use

With coronavirus still spreading and vaccination only beginning, the new Biden administration is ordering all federal employees, contractors and visitors on federal property—across all federal agencies—to wear a mask.

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Connolly again offers pay hike bill

If passed, the bill would give feds a raise of an average 3.2%.

President Joe Biden delivers inaugural address Jan. 20, 2021, Washington D.C.

For feds, mask mandate, diversity training reversal on Day 1 of Biden presidency

President Joe Biden is expected to reverse a raft of Trump-era federal workforce policy, but some executive actions will take time.

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Online poll: Capitol violence adds to feds’ unease

With our elected political leadership undergoing the most tumultuous transition in a century—or more—feds are feeling the added strain, according to a new poll.

Mileage reimbursement rates fall for second year

For the second year in a row, federal employees will get less money for their mileage reimbursements.

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OPM urges D.C.-area feds to telework

The move comes as downtown Washington, D.C. is being transformed into a high security zone for the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

DHS should act to improve employee morale

Some agencies get poor reviews in employee engagement surveys—and the sprawling Department of Homeland Security, sadly, is a perennial member the low morale club.

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Plum Book gives look into fed political appointments, positions

Despite promises to "drain the swamp," the Trump administration did little to reduce the number of political appointments, according to data in the latest iteration of the Plum Book.

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Thrift Savings Share Prices as of January 7, 2021.

Deadline extended for Federal 100 nominations

It's FCW's holiday gift to procrastinators: You now have two extra weeks to finish up and submit your Fed 100 nominations.

Unions, orgs anticipate new WH, Congress

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association indicated the group was ready and hopeful to pursue work on goals and issues important to federal employees with the new Congress and presidential administration.

Pentagon photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ned T. Johnston

DOD ends diversity training modification for contractors

The Pentagon eliminated a class deviation that implemented the president's executive order purging diversity training across federal grants and contracts.

Whistleblowers now have stronger protections

A federal judge in a California district court blocked parts of President Donald Trump's executive order on diversity and inclusion training that apply to federal contractors and grant recipients.

TSP: Reasonable gains—for some funds—over a rough year

Federal employees who participate in the Thrift Savings Plan got a perhaps unexpected gift this holiday season: robust gains.

Feds get 1% raise in 2021

The president, over the holidays, approved a 1% pay increase for civilian federal employees in 2021.

"Trial by combat'

“Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?” Not the best conversational ice-breaker, right? The first reaction is either what-are-you-talking-about or are-you-crazy? It’s definitely a strange, awkward attempt at humor. An event so awful that in some cases it can only be referred to, long after the fact, as if it was a joke.

Federal whistleblowers get stronger protection

For many years, federal employee unions and advocacy organizations have complained about weak protections for feds who stand up and blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse at government agencies.

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