COVID has exposed old weaknesses, and created new ones, a major federal employee leader says, in the federal government's workforce recruiting and retention. More telework and flexible schedules can help address the problems. But other improvements, in compensation and paid family leave, are also needed.
GivingTuesday, the annual day of federal employee gifting of time and money to charity, has passed. But the Combined Federal Campaign, which runs through Jan. 15, 2022, is reminding feds there is still time to join in.
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As the deadline for feds to either get vaccinated or apply for an exception came on Nov. 22, the White House instructed federal agencies to provide counseling and extra time, and to put off enforcement until early January.
Postal unions are pushing back against news stories that uncritically accept USPS management's story of financial losses across its massive delivery operations. Labor leaders are reminding lawmakers and the public that distorted accounting, impossible future retiree obligations and other congressionally-manufactured burdens leads to these false stories, all of which can be fixed only if the White House and lawmakers get together to pass pending reform legislation.
NTEU, the union representing employees at the beleaguered and underfunded IRS, see reform possibilities in the current version of the Build Back Better bill pending in Congress.
Employees of the federal courts—the judicial branch of our government—currently are inadequately protected from on-the-job sexual harassment. Advocates and their allies on Capitol Hill are joining in raising awareness, and pressing for passing reform legislation on the issue.
A CR passed in Congress just in time again, preventing a government shutdown despite an effort by a small group of lawmakers to hold up passage. But federal employee organizations are revealing their fatigue in the face of this chaotic, recurring routine.