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OPM rule protects feds’ health benefits during shutdowns

The Office of Personnel Management wants to be sure feds keep their health benefits in the event of a government shutdown and has proposed designating features of employee insurance programs as “emergency services.”

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Employee unions endorse Biden

The two largest federal employee unions, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, announced July 20 their endorsements of Joe Biden for president.

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Trump taps HUD official to lead OPM

The candidate to serve as the nation's top human resources official has a background in computer science and software development, and a controversial record as a conservative commentator.

Buy American … up to a point

Living in a place like D.C., where famous, influential people don’t always practice what they preach, keeps the old juices flowing. My motto is: You‘ve got to laugh at this stuff, or else you will cry and become bitter over it.

Surge of workers' comp claims could impact processing

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to slow claims processing at the Division of Federal Employees' Compensation, according to a July 6 audit of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs by the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General.

House members urge 3% pay raise for civilian feds

A week after House Appropriators moved a funding bill that included a 1% pay raise for federal workers, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for parity between the civilian workforce and members of the military.

Senator asks agencies to publicly share reopening plans

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich) sent letters to 24 agencies on July 14 asking them to release details of any contingency plans they had for ensuring employees’ safety after health concerns due to COVID-19 forced large numbers of government employees to work remotely.

Can COVID-driven telework continue to thrive?

This week, Nathan Abse interviewed Eagle Hill’s David Witkowski, a management consultant who practices at “the intersection of technology and people at work,” as he puts it, about changing attitudes toward telework.

Reopening plans endanger National Capital Region, senators say

Senators from Maryland and Virginia have voiced their opposition to the federal government’s plan to require agency workers in the National Capital Region to return to their workplaces.

House FY21 funding bill blocks OPM-GSA merger and empowers unions

The House Appropriations Committee's Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee voted to pass its Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bill that would codify language to block merging the Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration.

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BLM materials not political, permitted at work, special counsel says

Because Black Lives Matter is not a political organization, literature or other materials displaying the organization’s name or slogans is not, in itself, a violation of the Hatch Act, according to the Office of Special Counsel.

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Boosting VA pay is key to retention, Wilkie says

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to pay medical workers more competitive salaries to better attract and retain them during the pandemic, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said, and Congress just gave the agency more authority to do it.

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Union calls for more funds for tax enforcement staff

One way to put a dent in the record-high budget deficit is to devote more funding for the tax examination and collection operations of the IRS, the National Treasury Employees Union suggested.

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Virginia issues first statewide safety standards to address COVID in the workplace

Governor says new rules are response to OSHA's alleged lack of action.

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House committee passes DHS spending bill, boosts USCIS funding

Passage comes a day after union leaders warned about impacts of looming USCIS furloughs.

USPS’ solvency plans eliminate overtime, may delay mail delivery

At a meeting in Ohio, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy outlined his plans to bring the Postal Service back to solvency, including elimination of overtime -- even if it means the mail is not delivered on time.

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IG dings Energy for insufficient drug testing

The Department of Energy is not drug-testing employees as it should, according to the department’s inspector general.

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Surge of workers' comp claims could impact processing

Effects of the pandemic are expected to slow claims processing at the Division of Federal Employees' Compensation, according to a July 6 audit of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs by the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General.