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GAO: Recruitment of disabled grows, but retention lags

A new Government Accountability Office review of recruiting and retention efforts to increase the number of employees with disabilities at federal agencies shows some bright spots, such as improved recruiting, but also finds ample room for improvement, most pointedly in retention.

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Same mission, different pay for National Guard

National Guard troops are usually are called up for domestic duty by governors, not by the Department of Defense, and — just as with other state workers — their pay and benefits vary widely even as they do similar jobs.

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GAO urges State Department to improve diversity

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

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Some unused leave restored for essential pandemic workers

New regulations will allow workers designated essential during the coronavirus outbreak to have their unused leave restored.

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IC leans on telework as offices slowly reopen

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed workers who are used to top-secret networks home. But as intel agencies begin bringing more personnel back, they'll have to contend with lingering anxieties.

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Lawmakers press BOP on COVID risks from protest deployments

Lawmakers are pressing the Federal Bureau of Prisons for details on the recent mass redeployments of potentially COVID-exposed personnel to help patrol the city street protests that erupted after the police killing of George Floyd.

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Agencies ramp up for office reopening

Veterans Affairs, State, Agriculture and other federal agencies are ramping up operations and bringing more workers into the office.

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Unions urge DHS to protect workers on reopening

As the Department of Homeland Security considers the process of resuming normal operations, unions representing agency employees are calling on agency leadership to ensure that personnel have adequate resources to protect against exposure to COVID-19.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

Connolly calls on IGs to check reopening plans for safety

The Government Ops chairman also wants the Pentagon's watchdog to probe a civilian federal worker's death from COVID-19.

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TSP offers COVID-related loan options

Thrift Savings Plan is now offering temporary loan options for TSP participants affected by COVID-19.

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The Postal Service is steadily getting worse -- Can it handle a national mail-in election?

Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Changes coming to the TSP L fund

Earlier this month the Thrift Savings Plan announced more new Lifecycle funds will be available July 1.

Agencies report relatively smooth journey to maximum telework

Despite plans to incrementally bring workers back to the office, federal agencies still expect to allow at least some part of their workforces to continue to work remotely due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.

Sexual harassment: Expert weighs Federal #MeToo report and prospects for change

Nathan Abse discusses a new report on sexual harassment in the federal workspace and in general with Dr. Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychiatrist and expert on sexual harassment and sexual assault.

SSA field offices staff slammed with scam complaints

Senior citizens concerned that they’re being tricked out of their Social Security benefits by scammers impersonating government employees are flooding agency phone lines and offices.

Feds across multiple agencies pressed into DOJ’s protest crackdown

Federal employees serving in an unusually wide assortment of law enforcement and investigative agencies were pulled into management of national protests following the police detention and killing of George Floyd.

TSA, FDIC to offer early retirement options

The Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation plan to offer Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (VSIP) options to eligible employees.

Union slams WH plans to cut workers’ comp

The plan, laid out in the administration’s 2021 budget proposal -- and included in the draft National Defense Authorization Act -- would hack away at benefits, bringing “steep cuts in workers’ compensation,” AFGE said.

Who’s the smartest investor?

Many federal workers, people with good jobs and good salaries are self-made millionaires. They did it by investing an average of 29 years in the C and S funds of their Thrift Savings Plan.