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Boosting VA pay is key to retention, Wilkie says

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to pay medical workers more competitive salaries to better attract and retain them during the pandemic, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said, and Congress just gave the agency more authority to do it.

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House committee passes DHS spending bill, boosts USCIS funding

Passage comes a day after union leaders warned about impacts of looming USCIS furloughs.

USPS’ solvency plans eliminate overtime, may delay mail delivery

At a meeting in Ohio, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy outlined his plans to bring the Postal Service back to solvency, including elimination of overtime -- even if it means the mail is not delivered on time.

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10 House members urge 3% pay raise for civilian feds

Citing pay parity and COVID-19 resiliency, lawmakers urge Appropriations Committee to rethink planned 1% increase.

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OPM seeks new pay locality areas

The Office of Personnel Management proposed regulations to establish a new locality pay area for Des Moines, Iowa, and to include Imperial County, in the Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif., locality pay area.

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Boosting VA pay is key to retention, Wilkie says

A new law allows the VA to increase pay for certain high-level officials, an authority vital to attracting and keeping talent, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

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USCIS starts sending furlough notices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service told its workers’ union that notices of potential furloughs will be sent to USCIS employees between Wednesday and July 3.

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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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Arbitrator supports AFGE VA Council’s official time grievance

Finding that the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly denied union representatives official time, the arbitrator ordered the VA to award union reps back pay with interest and restore the leave time they spent performing their duties.

House Dems call for retroactive paid parental leave, retaining unused leave

Democratic House members are asking for the 12-weeks of paid leave to apply to all federal workers who give birth to, foster, or adopt a child between Dec. 20, 2019, and Oct. 1, 2020.

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