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Feds like their perks, fueling recruitment, retention

Federal employees continue to rate their benefits highly, as revealed in the most recent Federal Employee Benefits Survey.

No need to stress, politicians are ‘fighting’ for you

Our definition of a real fight might not jibe with what you call it in Seattle, Detroit or Yazoo City, Miss. We, at least some of us, fight a lot more than you do. We’re tough as nails (maybe toe-nails) and we fight harder and with more conviction.

More diversity needed at State Department

The State Department needs to expand racial and ethnic diversity among its full-time, permanent, career workforce, the Government Accountability Office said.

Unused leave restored for essential pandemic workers

Federal workers who have been deemed "essential" during the coronavirus pandemic and were unable to take their annual leave can now retain that unused leave that would otherwise be forfeited at the end of the year.

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Sexual abuse suit filed against former AFGE chief and union

Plaintiffs ask for compensation and punishment, federal monitor to reform union.

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Immigration judges' union sues Justice Department

The National Association of Immigration Judges is suing the Department of Justice over restrictions that cover public speaking about immigration issues.

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USDA to move workers out of toxic building

The Department of Agriculture is moving 1,000 Rural Development department employees out of the Goodfellow Federal Complex in St. Louis, Mo., to a new location in the city.

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High court rules president can remove CFPB director

Chief Justice John Roberts writes that the single-director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection is virtually unprecedented and violates separation of powers doctrine.

Last chance for the GCN reader survey

Annual employee survey starts July 13

This year, the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey will contain a section on agencies COVID-19 response.

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Successful pandemic-response strategies should continue

Government employees and some lawmakers are hoping to make COVID-driven operational changes, such as teleworking and accelerated hiring processes, last beyond the pandemic.

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Trump signs order updating federal hiring practices

Federal agencies must update federal job qualification standards and candidate assessments with merit-based reforms that aim to broaden the civil service and build a more demand-driven labor force.

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Trump nominates controversial Land Management official for permanent director

William Perry Pendley oversaw the bureau’s move from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colo.

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COVID protections for CBP frontline workers

Fewer migrants entering U.S. has limited Customs and Border Protection staff’s COVID exposure, but more protections for workers are required.

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Union pushes back on EPA reopening plans

The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing ahead with plans to reopen its Washington, D.C., headquarters office despite broad opposition from its biggest union.

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White House designs on OPM get renewed attention

The administration’s plan to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management and weaken civil servants' protections from political interference gets a fresh look.

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COVID comeback with a touch of CX

Agencies can help staff adapt to remote citizen service through the development of customer experience, or CX, feedback.

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Judge OKs union's challenge of Impasses Panel

A federal labor union can go ahead with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the composition of the Federal Services Impasses Panel, a judge ruled June 22.

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USCIS starts sending furlough notices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service told its workers’ union that notices of potential furloughs will be sent to USCIS employees between Wednesday and July 3.

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Thrift Board chairman to leave June 30

Embattled Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board chairman Michael Kennedy will exit the agency as part of a Trump administration overhaul.

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Pandemic oversight group details watchdog challenges

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee described issues with conducting oversight of federal agencies who received CARES Act funding and protecting the physical safety of employees whose work did not allow them to perform their duties remotely.