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Columnist and veteran Washington-based federal government reporter Mike Causey considers some possible consequences of the COVID era, and the transformation of somewhere between 43%—sampled before the pandemic—and most federal employees now into long-term remote workers.

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Expert: COVID, inflation and what NOT to do with your TSP

The COVID pandemic and the tantalizing but uneven economic recovery so far this year have feds seeking advice about their retirement savings, including TSP. This week, Nathan Abse interviews Ann Ozuna—a retirement expert and advisor whose clientele is focused on federal employees. Ozuna's experience in the federal community included two decades as a fed herself, working as a retirement specialist with DOD and DOE.

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African American feds org to hold event

The African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA) will hold its 17th annual Leadership Development Workshop on Sept. 20-22. Headliners will include Amb. Susan Rice, who currently directs the White House Domestic Policy Council and formerly served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and as National Security Advisor.

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Fed managers seek info on COVID testing plans

In a letter sent to administration officials Thursday, the Government Managers Coalition flagged concerns that agencies and managers are ill-prepared to roll out the administration's COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for feds.

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Where does the TMF board go from here?

With a $1 billion cash infusion, relaxed repayment guidelines and a surge in proposals from federal agencies, questions have been raised about whether the board overseeing the Technology Modernization Fund has been scaled to cope with its newfound popularity.

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Employees protest BOP understaffing

Understaffing at some Bureau of Prisons facilities is at a crisis point, and employees and their unions are increasing their push for improvements.

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IG reports delays in COVID notification

A report from the General Services Administration (GSA) Office of the Inspector General finds the agency's Public Buildings Services at times failed to follow CDC guidelines around reporting and cleaning procedures for COVID-19 incidents.

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Ida: Feds push to help fellow feds

The National Treasury Employees Union has requested that the White House launch previously successful emergency leave transfer programs (ELTPs) across federal agencies, to permit feds to help fellow feds with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

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GSA launches new Digital Corps

The General Services Administration is gearing up to begin a new service. The first cohort of the program, which launches in the fall, will focus on pandemic response, the economy, cybersecurity and streamlining government services.

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Bill: End DOD's two-year probationary period?

A provision that would end the current two-year probationary period for new Department of Defense employees is making its way in the House—and, if enacted, it would return DOD to a one-year provisional standard.

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Reorganizing for the Biden agenda at OPM

OPM is beefing up its diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility office as part of an agency reorganization in support of a wide-ranging executive order covering the federal workforce.

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Ida: FEMA leads federal effort

FEMA, DOD and multiple additional agencies rush to coordinate and manage emergency response to Hurricane Ida, which has left over 1 million without power in the worst hit areas with oppressive heat setting in.

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DHS stands up new excepted service for cyber talent

The new human resources system, launching seven years after legislation authorizing special pay for cybersecurity specialists, is a complete move away from traditional federal HR practices, the agency said.

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WH: Feds to get 2.7% pay raise

The White House has announced that an average 2.7% pay increase for civilian federal employees will take effect next year, in line with its budget plan issued earlier this year.

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Fed managers: You can incentivize employees!

A recent report on how federal managers can incentivize good work offers several sometimes overlooked pathways. Among these, it advises, don't forget to check in with your H.R. department for possibilities ...

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WH extends leave for feds to get vaccinated

Feds now get up to four hours of administrative leave to get COVID-19 vaccinations—and up to two days of leave to cope with adverse vaccine reactions.

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Biden names slate of FSIP appointees

Months after clearing out Trump appointees, Biden has nominated appointees to fill the Federal Services Impasses Panel, a key institution in the federal labor-management relations space.

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NARFE: On key issues, contact your reps

Summer is winding down, and the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees reminds feds they need to reach out to their representatives in Congress, and tell them what they want done on legislation this year.

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Hazard pay case: Feds fight on

After over a year of delays in getting a proper hearing on hazard pay due to on-the-job coronavirus risks, one of many federal employee unions seeking this adjustment has announced it is pushing on with its case.

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Pentagon pushes ahead with COVID vaccine mandate

The Defense Department will mandate Pfizer-produced COVID-19 vaccines following the FDA's approval, and other agencies are expected to follow.

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