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Lack of approval of planned OPM-GSA merger could lead to layoffs, furloughs

If Congress fails to approve the controversial planned merger of the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration, more than 100 employees could be furloughed or laid off.

Some D.C.-area agencies not complying with OPM’s telework guidance for Metrorail project

Despite the Office of Personnel Management’s efforts to encourage telework for federal employees affected by an upcoming project on the Washington, D.C. Metrorail system, some agencies have been reluctant to grant such flexibility.

Union pushes back against plan to downsize Forest Service program

A major fed employee union is pushing back against a cabinet-level decision to wind down a Job Corps program.


SEA partners with talent firm to offer career advice, digital marketplace

The Senior Executives Association has announced a new partnership with a private talent exchange that aims to “create an agile and highly effective 21st-century workforce."

OPM pushes telework for feds, agencies affected by DC-area project

The Office of Personnel Management has called on federal agencies affected by an extensive public works project to “utilize various workplace flexibilities”—highlighting telework—to work around the disruption brought about by the project, according to a memo issued by OPM.

Bill would make all feds fly coach

A bipartisan piece of legislation has been introduced that would ban all federal employees from flying first-class or business-class while traveling for work.

Report: Low pay, morale affecting TSA workforce

A House committee on Tuesday urged the Transportation Security Administration to make the agency a “better place to work,” as a recent report has concluded that low pay and morale on the frontline is affecting U.S. security.

OPM issues new religious time-off rules

The Office of Personnel Management has issued final regulations to amend its current rule on compensatory time off for religious observances, giving federal employees more flexibility to take-off for religious reasons.

Senators urge OPM to rescind proposed background investigation rule

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers has joined efforts to ask the Office of Personnel Management to revoke a current notice of a proposed rule change that would require federal job seekers to disclose some non-conviction records in order to be considered for employment.

Opioids: President, federal officials highlight efforts to combat epidemic

This week, at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit hosted here, the federal government came under the news spotlight—for the many federal agencies countering the country’s opioid epidemic, and for the many federal statistics cited on the catastrophe’s massive costs to individuals, families and the economy

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