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DeJoy reverses course on controversial USPS changes

Moves to slash overtime, delay delivery and remove sorting machines had prompted widespread criticism.

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Proposed Federal Jobs Act would push for greater diversity in senior ranks

The bill aims to bring stronger reporting and review mechanisms to "identify and remove barriers to equal employment opportunity."

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Nearly 80% of feds feel unsafe returning to the workplace

An American Federation of Government Employees survey finds a strong desire to keep teleworking.

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Sen. Leahy urges USCIS to delay furloughs

Agency has funding to pay employees through the end of FY 2020.

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AFGE pushes for collective bargaining protections in NDAA

The goal is to invalidate a presidential memorandum from early this year that looked to roll back collective bargaining at the Department of Defense.

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DHS slams assertions that leaders were illegally appointed

The agency's top lawyer argued that a Government Accountability Office legal opinion was flawed and politically motivated.

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After a year of investigation, the Border Patrol has little to say about agents’ misogynistic and racist facebook group

The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation.

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OSC OKs White House nomination speech -- but Hatch Act dangers loom

While President Trump is free to use 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for politics, most White House employees cannot support such efforts.

Bill extends agency telework through the pandemic

A bipartisan Senate bill would extend full-time agency telework, requiring federal agencies to let eligible employees work from home during the COVID-19 emergency.

Amid all the COVID unknowns, one certainty: We need cool heads

We don’t know how the pandemic will play out. But I was reminded of when Frances Kelsey, a stubborn employee of the Food and Drug Administration, insisted on more research on what was being hailed as the a miracle drug -- thalidomide.

Lawmakers, unions join to oppose end to ‘official time’ for EEOC complaints

Federal employee unions -- joined by 185 lawmakers on Capitol Hill -- are clamoring to block the Trump administration from eliminating federal employees’ use of “official time” for managing workplace discrimination complaints.

Union officer slams Postal Service’s new direction

To find out how USPS’ rank-and-file sees the latest set of crises—COVID outbreaks, cost cuts and the mail-in ballot controversy—FEND’s Nathan Abse interviewed Kevin Tabarus, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Local 300, which represents about 5,200 employees in the New York City metropolitan area.

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AFGE backs Harris for VP

The largest federal employee union endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's pick of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for the number two slot on the ticket.

For DOD, diversity begins with inclusion, culture change

Janice Glover-Jones, the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief diversity, equality and inclusion officer, said that diversity has to be more than compliance and hitting numbers. It must focus on inclusivity and a behavior change within teams.

Union survey finds widespread racial bias at VA

Racism and incidents of racial bias are a big problem at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a survey released by the American Federation of Government Employees.

OPM expands 2021 dental, vision plans

The Office of Personnel Management has expanded the number of dental and vision insurance carriers selected to provide coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program.

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USPS shakeup rattles employee unions and worries retirees, vets

As Postmaster General Louis DeJoy moves ahead with reorganizing the U.S. Postal Service, unions are sounding the alarm over mail delays on a sustained and significant scale.