President Trump said he wants to spend tax dollars more responsibly and efficiently, so he has disbanded a federal labor-management council that he says was a waste of time and money.
The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents about 25,000 Customs and Border Protection employees, is asking Congress to authorize additional funding for more hiring at the agency.
Nathan Abse interviews Joe Chenelly, executive director of the 250,000-strong group AMVETS, also known as American Veterans, about the tens of thousands of job vacancies that hamper the agency’s functioning.
Veterans Affairs hospital employees staged protests at multiple facilities nationwide in recent weeks, demanding that the department expedite filling some 49,000 vacancies to ensure veterans receive the care they need.
Federal employees in the tens of thousands are participating in the rescue and cleanup efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The Senate is considering two measures that aim to address “official time,” and put restrictions on some federal employee’s retirement benefits.
Veterans Affairs hospital employees have been staging protests across the country demanding that the department fill 49,000 vacancies immediately to ensure veterans receive the care they need.
Career letter carriers have begun earning the first two cost-of-living adjustments as part of a new contract as well as the 1.2 percent general wage increase that was effective this past November.
The president of Professional Services Council, which represents 400 services and information technology organizations that provide services to federal agencies, said contractors should now begin planning for a government shutdown.
Lawmakers and employee groups are urging President Trump to quickly replace Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.