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Federal job satisfaction still lags

The annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Survey, an analysis by the Partnership for Public Service of OPM survey research, shows federal employee engagement, as in previous years, remains lower than in private sector employees.

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Bipartisan bill would create new federal cybersecurity training program

Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) have introduced a bill proposing two new cybersecurity training programs that would increase the federal government's cyber workforce.

Juneteenth becomes federal holiday

In the depths of the Civil War, President Lincoln declared slavery illegal in the Confederacy. But it took more than two more years, until after war’s end, to free the last enslaved persons in the South. And it's taken another century and a half for this crucial date to become a federal holiday.

New COVID regs for feds in healthcare

COVID has killed many feds, and sickened untold thousands more, and the disease continues to endanger the workforce into the future. But a new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard aims to reduce the threat, specifically to healthcare workers.

My neighbor, the hard-working fed

Most feds just don't work hard, a long-ago World War II veteran boss of mine once told me. Oh, except for the fed next door, HIS fed.

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GAO: Climate change weighs on TSP

Climate change threatens TSP investment returns and yet the board that governs the massive fund has been slow to adapt, GAO finds.

NATCA urges workplace updates

The president of NATCA, the association of air traffic controllers, testified this week that at some facilities, equipment, technology and workplaces are reaching obsolescence. The situation raises safety concerns, for the workforce and the flying public.

IG vacancies raise concern

Across federal agencies, inspectors general provide needed oversight, both deterring and investigating waste and fraud. But nowadays, according to the watchdog Project on Government Oversight, far too many IG slots remain vacant for months or, in many cases, longer.

VHA: Union rights bill advances

A bill is advancing in Congress to provide collective bargaining rights to VHA doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.

Fully vaccinated? You're good to go

Are you fully vaccinated? If so, and you've finished the two-week waiting period after your last shot, then you're cleared to travel.

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Lawmakers spar over paid family and medical leave for feds

Lawmakers are sparring over a bill that would provide feds with paid family and medical leave, most recently in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Fully vaccinated? You are cleared for official travel

The White House COVID Response Team has issued new guidance, clearing all fully vaccinated feds for official travel.

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Biden nominates MSPB vice chair

The White House has tapped Raymond Limon. a senior HR official at Interior, to serve as vice chair at MSPB.

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NATCA: Outmoded tech, facilities

The president of NATCA, the association of air traffic controllers, testified this week that at some facilities, equipment, technology and workplaces are all hitting, or past, obsolescence. The situation sometimes raises safety concerns, for the workforce and the flying public.

FEW to hold leadership training event

Federally Employed Women (FEW) will hold a virtual leadership training event this August, offering over a 100 different courses. For over 50 years, the group has been helping advance women in the federal workplace. Check out the plan.

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OPM: Ahuja confirmed as director

Kiran Ahuja has been confirmed as director at OPM, with V.P. Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote in the Senate.

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VHA: Bargaining rights within reach

Collective bargaining rights remain denied to tens of thousands of Veterans Health Administration doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers. But the VA Employee Fairness Act bill, passed by the House Veterans Affairs Committee, could change all that.

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DOD watchdog says DDS director didn't mistreat employees

DOD investigators report they did not find evidence to support allegations of workplace bullying by outgoing Defense Digital Service Director Brett Goldstein.

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SBA sidesteps union rights

Employees at SBA played a key role in easing the economic impact of the COVID emergency, especially in managing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that kept millions of businesses afloat. Yet many who were promised union protections have been denied their collective bargaining rights.

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POGO: IG vacancies raise concerns

Across federal agencies, inspectors general provide needed oversight, both deterring and investigating waste and fraud. But nowadays, according to the watchdog Project on Government Oversight, far too many permanent IG slots remain vacant for months or, in many cases, longer.

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