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View the Sept. 7, 2020 FEND issue as a PDF

By FEND Staff


Federal Jobs Act calls for greater diversity in senior ranks

By FEND Staff

The Federal Jobs Act calls on the Office of Personnel Management, the Office of Management and Budget, the President’s Management Council, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to work together to create a new, shared road map leading to that desired diversity: an Executive Branch Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Initiative and Strategic Plan.


Can better ventilation to reduce COVID spread?

By FEND Staff

A recent survey released by the American Federation of Government Employees found that of federal employees working remotely, almost 80% say they feel unsafe returning to their work site. However, more than half of federal workplaces are requiring at least some employees to return to offices and other worksites. Of those employees currently working in a federal workplace, 73% said that they don’t believe their employer is doing enough to keep them safe. AFGE's survey, which ran Aug. 5 to Aug. 12 generated almost 2,200 responses.


Special Counsel outlines its Hatch Act limits

By FEND Staff

As White House critics called for investigations of Hatch Act violations by administration staff participating in the Republican National Convention, the Office of Special Counsel issued a statement outlining its responsibilities and limitations.


OPM streamlines procedures for carrying over leave during emergencies

By FEND Staff

The Office of Personnel Management is issuing interim regulations to make it easier for agencies to restore annual leave to essential employees whose unused leave was forfeited because of their work in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.


Federal hiring still 'high risk,' but report offers four keys to smoothing the way

By Nathan Abse

As many feds will tell you, hiring and retention practices at agencies are not ideal. Over the years, report after report from the Government Accountability Office and other reviewing bodies have pressed for change.


How to do 30 years in government without losing your marbles

By Mike Causey

Do you have a friend, a relative or child just starting out in government? Or do you know somebody who, having checked the pandemic-influenced job market, thinks that working for Uncle Sam could be the smart move? If so, you might want to tell them that while benefits and job security look good these days, the job comes with a certain amount of mental stress -- a condition sometimes known as Nervous in the Civil Service.


Thrift Savings Share Prices

By FEND Staff

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of Sept. 4, 2020.