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Is reorganizing OPM the answer?

If Congress doesn't go along with a plan to reorganize the Office of Personnel Management, the agency still plans to push ahead administratively through outsourcing and other strategies.

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Weichert says IT woes drive planned OPM merger

The Trump administration plans this week to propose legislation to merge the Office of Personnel Management into the General Services Administration.

Union opposes OPM nominee

The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO—the nation’s largest federal employee union—has officially opposed the nominee for the Office and Personnel Management.

Union files grievance over new HHS contract terms

A top union is pushing back against the new contract coming down the pike for Department of Health and Human Services employees.

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Lawmakers urge OPM to rescind new background investigation rule

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers has joined efforts to ask the Office of Personnel Management to revoke a current notice of a proposed rule change that would require federal job seekers to disclose some non-conviction records in order to be considered for employment.

Should there be a sixth military branch?

The American Federation of Government Employees and a bipartisan group of lawmakers has raised concern about the administration’s proposal to create a sixth military branch, the U.S. Space Force.

Public Service Recognition Week: Thank you!

Imagine working for a company like my mother did for years. It promised steady work in even hard times. But the pay wasn’t much, especially for a lot of women. In fact, when I was a kid we lived in a government housing project in Alexandria, Va., (near the then new Pentagon). It was mostly for single mothers with the rent (I suspect) heavily subsidized by Uncle Sam. As a clerk-typist she qualified.

New religious time-off rules give feds flexibility

The Office of Personnel Management has issued final regulations to amend its current rule on compensatory time off for religious observances, giving federal employees more flexibility to take off for religious reasons.

Federal government to push harder against workplace violence

This week, Nathan Abse interviews Alejandro del Carmen, a professor of criminology and expert on workplace violence at Texas A&M’s Tarleton State University member institution.

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Will new cyber workforce order solve the retention problem?

The new cyber workforce executive order looks to make it easier for employees to take on cybersecurity roles within government, but agency IT officials point out the measure has its limitations.

Federal government appears to be moving more strongly against workplace violence

Workplace bullying and workplace violence have come under an increasingly harsh spotlight in recent years, as more people have become aware of these longstanding problems in the American workplace. In the federal government, in recent years agencies—in fits and starts—have been working toward more comprehensive policies for reducing violence, sexual assault and stalking.

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More than 100 lawmakers, employee union call for SSA to abandon ‘anti-union’ policies

More than 100 lawmakers have joined efforts to call for the Social Security Administration to end what say are “anti-union policies and bad-faith negotiations” with the American Federation of Government Employees.

It’s Public Service Recognition Week!

Public servants don’t get a lot of attention for their efforts, most of the year—and that’s how it is and likely always will be.

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DOD moves employee training to OPM program

The Department of Defense is moving the management of its training courses to the Office of Personnel Management and the government's centralized learning and development program.

HHS: New contract blasted as 'unfair'

A top union is pushing back against the new contract coming down the pike for Department of Health and Human Services employees.

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HHS prepares to finalize collective bargaining agreement

Following months of contract talk breakdowns, public protests and grievances, the Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to finalize its collective bargaining agreement before week's end over objections from the federal union representing its employees.

OPM issues new religious time-off rules

The Office of Personnel Management has issued final regulations to amend its current rule on compensatory time off for religious observances, giving federal employees more flexibility to take-off for religious reasons.

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OMB issues new shared services model for agencies

The Trump administration rolled out a new shared services plan to try to reduce duplicative back office functions and prod agencies to adopt government-wide solutions.

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