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Congress averts third gov’t shutdown this year, OKs $1.3 trillion budget

The $1.3 trillion spending deal released on March 21 has passed both the House and the Senate, funding the federal government through September and averting another government shutdown.

Lawmakers can cut individual fed’s pay under new rule

House Republicans this week voted to reinstate an old procedural rule from the 19th century that allows House members to propose amendments that reduce the pay of specific federal employees and also eliminate entire positions and federal programs.

Congress announces $1.3 trillion spending bill; aims to avoid shutdown

Lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would provide funding for national defense, infrastructure, border security, school safety, mental health and the nation’s opioid crisis.

Reports: WH nondisclosures revealed—and their legality debated

The White House, since early last year, has been requiring staff to sign nondisclosure agreements—documents requiring public servants to refrain from airing information about their work at the pinnacle of the executive branch of government.

D.C.-area federal offices closed Wednesday

For the second time this month, federal agencies in the Washington metro area are closed due to weather.

Senate confirms incoming OPM Director Pon

The Office of Personnel Management is no longer betwixt and between: the Senate confirmed incoming Director Dr. Jeff T.H. Pon.

Lawmakers press president for SSA nominee

The Social Security Administration has been led by acting commissioners for more than five years, and lawmakers are now urging President Trump to appoint permanent leadership at the agency.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of March 19, 2018.

Security clearance backlog highlighted—and officials, analysts see no quick fix

Federal executive branch agencies “have made progress” in reforming their security clearance procedures, but problems remain in bringing the system to a higher standard, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.

Age discrimination remains a problem

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is 50 years old. Yet, the protections it put in place for older employees are not necessarily followed in the workplace, even at federal agencies.

Social media emerges as stubborn Hatch Act danger zone for feds

This week, Nathan Abse speaks with Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. PEER is a nonprofit group of government scientists, land managers, law enforcement personnel and others, that aim to further environmental laws and values.

More political appointees will need OPM approval for career service jobs

More former political appointees will need to receive approval from the Office of Personnel Management before working in career service positions.

Lawmaker wants agency reorg plans from OMB

The Office of Management and Budget requested all agencies to submit reorganization and downsizing plans last September, but it has kept those submissions private, and a ranking lawmaker is asking — for a second time — that they be released.

Analysis: Is the administration creating a toxic work environment?

With a president who pledged to gut the ranks of the federal government on his campaign trail, an unstable administration leadership and an exodus of employees, some are concerned about whether Trump’s management style is creating a toxic work environment for federal employees.

New Tax Law Makes Changes to Roth IRA Recharacterizations

The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has resulted in two changes to retirement planning, one of which is the “recharacterization” of Roth IRA conversions. Under the new tax law, recharacterizations of Roth IRA conversions are no longer permitted effective Jan. 1, 2018. This week’s column discusses the consequences for employees who perform Roth IRA conversions.

OPM releases work-life survey results

The Office of Personnel Management has released findings from the Federal Work-Life Survey, the agency’s tool to assist in developing and sustaining an engaged, innovative and productive workforce.

Another top FBI official fired

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday.

Defense contractors paid too much, senator says

Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking Defense Secretary James Mattis to rein in excessive compensation of defense contractors and address the misconduct and fraud in the defense contracting industry.

Whistleblower: High-level officials ‘cleaning’ out feds who don’t support Trump

A pair of ranking House Democrats are reporting that a whistleblower has provided them with documents that indicate high-level officials at the White House and State Department are targeting employees who are not supportive of President Trump.

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