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AFGE pushes for more funding, staff

The American Federation of Government Employees, representing employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (USCIS), is pressing for greater funding and staffing.

SSA's many online services

The Social Security Administration reminds the public that many of the disability, retirement and survivor benefits agency’s functions can be accessed, and very easily, online.

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FEHBP: Vaccine incentives come to some plans

Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in FEHBP are offering a $50 incentive to member feds who get vaccinated.

WH proposes 2.7% pay increase for feds

Good news for feds on salary: the Biden administration is proposing a 2.7% rise in base pay for 2022—if effected, the biggest annual bump in over a decade.

Are feds truly "fire-proof"?

Although I can't prove it, I suspect the number one complaint of taxpayers about the civil service is that they believe they are fireproof, all too safe in their jobs.

NTEU hopeful on budget boost

The National Treasury Employees Union is hopeful for increased funding and staffing at agencies, highlighting IRS, CBP and others.

Covid: Fewer hires than expected

Fewer separations, not hiring spikes, drove 2020 growth in number of federal employees.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of June 11, 2021

OPM: Special sign-up this summer

FSAFEDS: Throughout June, there is a special enrollment period for joining or changing selections in feds' health savings accounts.

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DOD's electronic health records rollout hits 30 percent completion

DOD has completed nearly one-third of its rollout of its new electronic health records system, with 42,000 active users in more than a dozen states.

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Report: OPM surveys H.R. skills gaps

A new survey from OPM aims to help close skills gaps at H.R. departments across the federal government.

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Bureau of Prisons suffers severe shortage of officers, union says

The Bureau of Prisons has far too few officers, according to AFGE, but there are glimmers of hope for a solution up ahead.

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Biden's OPM nominee appears headed for confirmation

The White House's nominee for director of the Office of Personnel Management, Kiran Ahuja, is moving toward confirmation.

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New WH guidance for feds returning to the office

The Biden administration released new guidelines this week, permitting the large-scale return to in-person work across federal agencies, rolling back current COVID occupancy limits but at the same time maintaining maximum telework status in place.

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WH: Agencies shouldn't require vaccinations, or ask for vaccination status

Agencies should not demand that federal employees or contractors be vaccinated to return to the workplace, nor should they demand vaccination status be disclosed, according to guidance from the White House's Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, issued this week.

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President rescinds last year's TikTok controls, issues new ones

President Biden this week revoked a 2020 executive order cracking down on the Chinese-owned apps TikTok, WeChat and others. But the administration simultaneously issued new restrictions on the apps--some that appear to be even more stringent.

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The small federal office at the heart of Biden's equity agenda

A civil service office tucked inside the Labor Department is gearing up to play an outsized part in the Biden administration's work on racial equity.

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NTEU praises budget boost plans

The National Treasury Employees Union is optimistic about proposed increased funding and staffing at agencies, highlighting IRS, CBP and others.

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USCIS: Union pushes for funding, staff increases

The largest union representing employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is endorsing WH plans to increase funding and staffing across USCIS.

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OPM OKs rehiring former feds at a higher salary

A new rule from OPM will permit former feds to be re-hired at a higher salary than their last agency job. To date, re-hiring for higher pay--by going outside competitive service processes--has been prohibited.

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