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As TSA workers face COVID risks, union calls for full workplace rights

Amid an uneven rollout of safety procedures and hundreds of COVID-19 infections, the American Federation of Government Employees is pushing workplace rights, protections and benefits for Transportation Security Administration employees.

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Fed employee survey delayed again

The annual survey of federal employees on work and workplaces -- already postponed two months -- will now be delayed until Sept. 14.

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Feds 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.

Biden details his position on federal workers’ rights

In his answers to an AFGE questionnaire, former Vice President Joe Biden outlined his views on collective bargaining, federal employee pay and benefits, furloughs and discrimination.

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

The House Appropriations Committee's Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee's bill would codify language to block merging the Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration -- an administration goal that has drawn opposition from congressional Democratic leaders.

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Sending extra CBP officers to Texas ‘dangerous,’ union says

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in Texas, the National Treasury Employees Union is raising concerns with Customs and Border Protection’s plan to rotate in more than 800 CBP officers from other ports to assist with border patrol.

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Is it too soon to send feds back to their workplaces?

Federal agencies -- especially those in the Washington, D.C., region -- are returning employees to their regular workplaces at a faster clip than most private-sector employers, according to a report.

DHS expands insider threat program

The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its insider threat program to go beyond scrutinizing individual with access to classified materials to encompassing "all those with past or current access to DHS facilities, information, equipment, networks, or systems."

USCIS starts sending furlough notices

Furlough notices are going out to employees at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

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 it also finds ample room for improvement, most pointedly in retention.

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