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Sammies to include special COVID response category

Partnership for Public Service announced the 29 finalists for its annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

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OMB releases 2020 job satisfaction scores

Almost 40% of OMB survey participants choose strongly disagree when presented with the statement, "my organization's senior leaders maintain high standards for honesty and integrity."

Public Service Recognition Week: Celebrating the work of civil servants

Public Service Recognition Week begins May 2—marking an annual tradition of a week filled with events hosting and honoring public servants, at the local, state and federal level, for their valuable contributions to society.

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OPM releases special leave program details

This special leave will be available through the end of the fiscal year or until the $570 million fund is exhausted, OPM documents say.

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Biden chooses employment lawyer to lead MSPB

The Merit Systems Protection Board has been without Senate-confirmed leadership since March 2019 and without a quorum to decide appeals since January 2017.

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Report: Pandemic led nearly 60 percent of feds to daily telework

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned workplaces worldwide upside-down, shuttering crowded office centers and shifting thousands of workers to telework—shaking up decades-long patterns in which a physical commute separated home life and work.

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WH raises minimum wage for fed contractors

The White House, in a new Executive Order, acted this week to ensure that federal contractors pay workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

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Fed job satisfaction jumped during pandemic

The survey documents the rapid change to teleworking postures in government under the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Union: Telework leads to productivity gains

Feds overwhelmingly want to keep the ability to telework additional days each week, according to the results of a survey released by the National Treasury Employees Union.

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TSA employees volunteer to help with COVID vaccinations

At least 50 employees of the Transportation Security Administration have volunteered to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s big push to help staff vaccine efforts across the country—working on FEMA’s Surge Capacity Force.

Live in a ‘legalized’ state? WH cautions feds

​Even though millions of the public celebrated on April 20, or “4/20,” a moniker matching popular slang used for the prolific weed, most feds know, the easing in the use of “weed” products for most people isn’t the case for them.

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OPM nominee talks telework, retirement

Kiran Ahuja, a veteran of the Office of Personnel Management, told lawmakers that she thinks that the lack of consistent leadership in the top position at OPM has taken a toll on the ability of the agency to complete longer term IT modernization projects.

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Pentagon aims to boost cyber workforce

The Defense Department is developing a new policy series aimed at improving the cyber workforce, but it has substantial work to do to recruit the talent needed in the future.

Retired feds with military, Peace Corps time get retirement fix

For most feds, their employing agency and the Office of Personnel Management do a decent job of managing pay and benefits records—and, when the time comes, calculating and initiating properly calculated retirement pay.

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AFGE opposes changes to NSF hiring authorities

The measure, which would expand the hiring authorities of the director of the National Science Foundation, "bears a striking resemblance" to Schedule F, said AFGE national president Everett Kelley.

OPM looks at post-pandemic remote work

The Office of Personnel Management is teeing up guidance as it looks to a future where more feds work remotely under a pay system not necessarily designed for large numbers of workers’ homes and office locations to be separated by the substantial physical distances that technology enables.

Organizations push WH to go beyond minimum wage for contractors

The Biden administration, from its earliest days in January, made it known it is pushing to ensure not only will all federal employees get a $15-per-hour minimum wage, but so too will federal contractors.

Feds who have served: GAO seeks testimonials of hazing in military

Tight-knit organizations of all kinds—everything from kids’ clubs, to sports teams, to, yes, military services—traditionally make new recruits put up with unpleasant initiation rituals. Nowadays, however, in the military there is supposed to be—and there is, under the law—a bright line between acceptable benign rites and unacceptable brutal mistreatment. Yet, the latter—"hazing”—sometimes remains a fact of life for servicemembers. ​

Retirees should take care of important documents

If you’re a federal employee—and approaching retirement—there are a number of documents to assemble, whether in paper or electronic form, in preparing to file for your benefits.

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