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Feds, union sue for hazard pay

The national union alleges that "thousands of feds" likely exposed to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 while on the job.

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IRS orders nearly all employees to 'evacuate' work sites

In response to the growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service has updated its telework guidance to extend it to nearly all employees.

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Report: $2T COVID-19 relief law will help feds at work, and at home

The latest emergency coronavirus measure—promising $2 Trillion in added federal spending and direct injection of dollars into the economy—offers specific help and workplace safeguards targeted directly at federal employees and retirees. The bill passed Friday and was sent to President Trump for a promised signature.

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New OPM order mandates telework

The order would mandate telework for all eligible employees regardless of their prior arrangements.

COVID-19: Feds must hold the frontlines—but should reject needless risks

Nathan Abse recently interviewed an attorney, whose firm specializes in the laws and practices governing federal employment, Greg T. Rinckey of Tully Rinckey Law, about the risks federal employees take working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fingerprinting, other background check requirements eased for new hires

As many companies providing fingerprint services across the country are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Personnel Management has loosened its background check rules in order to continue to hiring new employees.

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AFGE report: COVID-19 sickness—one TSA family’s terrible experience

A Transportation Security Officer’s painful and troubling experience in trying to get diagnosed—and then treated—for COVID-19 reveals a terrifying need for quick changes, in both government policy and medical practice regarding management of the ongoing pandemic.

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OPM wants virtual swearing in for new employees

Swearing-in for feds along with certain document submission can be done remotely, advises the Office of Personnel Management.

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DOD contractors get telework flexibilities

The Pentagon is asking for "maximum telework flexibilities" extended to DOD service members and civilian employees also be made available to contractors when possible.

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$2.5 trillion House stimulus includes workforce provisions

The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act offered by House Democrats expands telework, grants hazard pay to certain front line workers and would overturn a number of Trump administration workforce policies.

Feds play crucial role in coronavirus battle

The novel coronavirus, also called COVID-19 virus, quickly has overrun our daily lives, escalating into the tens of thousands dead and leaving the world’s health systems reeling and economies paralyzed. But, now, there’s a war on to slow the toll—and feds are stepping up to the challenge.

DOJ urges states to allow critical feds to go to work

DOJ asks state AGs to ensure that mission-critical personnel can perform official duties despite local lockdowns.

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NAPA to study OPM-GSA merger

The Academy expects to have complete study by March 2021.

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OPM fast-tracks hiring to address coronavirus

Temporary appointment authority is in effect until March 2021 or public emergency is declared over.

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Coronavirus: OMB leads agency response, answers fed’s questions

Deputy Director for Management Margaret Weichert said OMB has been leading federal agencies in how to respond to employee questions operating status, telework and taking weather and safety leave.

FLRA seeks public comment on federal union dues rule

The Federal Labor Relations Authority is officially seeking public comment on a rule that would make it easier for federal employees to stop paying their union dues.

Administration urges agencies to minimize face-to-face contact

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, while also ensuring that government operations continue, the administration is asking all agency leaders to reduce face-to-face interactions, especially at offices that serve vulnerable populations.

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Lawmakers urge Trump to mandate telework

Teleworking should be seen as an essential protection for mission-critical work, lawmakers say.

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OPM chief abruptly quits

Deputy director Michael Rigas will lead OPM on an acting basis, a spokesperson said. The resignation appears linked to friction with White House personnel officials.

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