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3,600 feds awarded COVID-19 disability or death benefits

Federal employees and their families, numbering in the thousands, have been harmed or killed by COVID-19 proven or presumed to be contracted on the job—and a significant number are now receiving compensation.

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GSA releases transition funds to Biden

More than two weeks after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election by the Associated Press, the General Services Administration is releasing $7.3 million in transition funding and making other resources available to the president-elect's team.

Federal employees and retirees: Giving together on Giving Tuesday is a present for those in need

The holiday season is upon us, and it is a perfect time to reflect on everything we, as Federal employees, are grateful for: family, friends, good health, and the honor serving the American people. Many of us are fortunate and grateful for that every day.

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FLRA: VA must reinstate feds fired under EOs, issue back pay

In a win for the National VA Council, the Federal Labor Relations Authority dismissed the VA's exceptions to an arbitrator's award that requires it to reinstate union employees fired without performance improvement plans.

NFFE members re-elect union president

The members of the National Federation of Federal Employees have re-elected their president, Randy Erwin, for a second term.

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Lawmakers question telework's impact on fed jobs, hiring

Although the move to telework has presented challenges, agency officials told senators at a hearing emphasized the benefits in terms of hiring and productivity.

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Surprise shakeup at DHS cybersecurity unit

Turmoil within the upper reaches of the Trump administration continues in the aftermath of the president's continuing upset and pushback over the failure of recounts and court filings to alter the result of the recent presidential election--an election that, though not yet certified, he has lost according to news reports and state elections officials.

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NTEU looks for a 'fresh start' under Biden

The union's blueprint for immediate action joins with NAPA's working group on the federal workforce in calling for the next director of OPM to abandon a regulation-heavy approach.

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Working group floats proposal to roll back Trump's workforce EOs

A team at the National Academy of Public Administration wants the incoming president to order a reduction in the number of General Schedule job classifications while expanding the use of recruitment, relocation and retention payments.

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Civil Service: Stalled transition creates problems at all levels

Two weeks after the presidential election, with results in and clear to all state electoral authorities, the current White House has not budged on beginning the transition to the next one.

Tricare: Open season begins

During this Federal Employees Open Season, don’t forget that it’s TRICARE Open Season too—for those feds already covered by—or eligible for—either TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select.

New White House team in town: How will it affect feds?

This week, Nathan Abse interviews Kenneth Warren, political scientist at Saint Louis University and expert on the federal civil service, about this last-gasp try by the outgoing president to revamp the workforce, and what’s in store for feds from the new administration.

Are feds really ‘fire-proof’?

Although I can’t prove it, I suspect that the number one complaint—from ordinary taxpayers —about the federal civil service is that feds are fire-proof: that once in they are installed in their jobs, they are there for the duration. Regardless of how they perform.

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Union: Damage suit deadline for those hit by 2018 shutdown

The federal government, right now, feels to many stuck in a suspended state—as the span between Election Day and Inauguration Day is one of conflict, not graceful forward movement.

Senate bill excludes pay raise for feds

Congress is looking to pass a full slate of appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021 instead of a stopgap continuing resolution by Dec. 11, when the current temporary funding bill expires.

OPM vets Biden-Harris transition team

The Biden-Harris transition has tapped multiple former Office of Personnel Management employees to serve on the landing team at the federal government's human resources agency.

Inconsistent leadership at DOD could hamper reform efforts

The Defense Department has clocked $37 billion in cost savings from reforming business operations, but that could be undercut by a lack of formal processes and leadership uncertainty.

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Federal employees are often out front in bearing the brunt of the pain, with key roles fighting and managing the COVID-19 pandemic—across the usual alphabet soup of agencies, from the Agriculture Department to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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