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Partnership for Public Service training series to focus on employee engagement

The nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service is hosting a training series designed to coach federal managers on how to build a culture of engagement within the workplace.

AFGE responds to ACA plan

The president of the largest federal employee union released a statement March 7 in response to the House's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Unusual suspect

For the first time in a very long time the same political party controls the White House, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Back in the day, Democrats had that luxury for nearly 30 years, but nobody has had it lately. Until now.

OPM backlog grows in February

The Office of Personnel Management had a slight uptick in its backlog of retirement applications in February.

VA Secretary promises to expand mental health care to vets

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin said he plans to expand mental health care to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges, a move that would be the first time a VA secretary has implemented an initiative specifically focused on expanding access to former at risk OTH servicemembers.

Former NGA employee sentence for taking classified docs home

A former imagery scientist at the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for willful retention of national defense information.

Environmental scientists answer questions on proposed deep cuts at EPA

This week, FEND’s Nathan Abse speaks with two academic environmental scientists—who do not work for EPA—to get their outside opinion about their impressions on what a proposed 30-plus percent funding cut would do to staff and scientist morale and functioning at the agency.

EPA employees fight against program, workforce cuts

Organized by labor unions and advocacy groups, hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency employees gathered on March 15 to protest the new administration and their new administrator, Government Executive reports.

Lawmakers seek more info on record-keeping compliance

In response to recent reports that some federal employees may not be complying with federal record keeping laws, top lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are asking agencies to submit proof of how their employees are following the rules.

DOI IG finds director behaved inappropriately toward female employees

A director at the Department of Interior is alleged to have “behaved inappropriately” toward six of his female employees, the agency’s inspector general reports.

WH slow on appointments and confirmations, compared with previous administrations

The Trump Administration is moving more slowly than other recent administrations in accomplishing the appointment and confirmation of thousands of needed political appointees to key jobs at executive branch agencies.

Trump administration fires all Obama-era U.S. attorneys

President Donald Trump’s administration on March 10 abruptly asked the remaining 46 U.S. attorneys held over from the Obama administration to resign from their posts.

Two lawmakers introduce separate 'official time' bills

Two Republican lawmakers have introduced their own legislation in the same week aimed at targeting federal employees’ use of official time to conduct union activities.

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Share prices as of March 15, 2017.

Informed Investor: Divorced or separated employees need to understand the rules for claiming children as tax dependents

This week’s column discusses which parent can claim a qualified child as a tax dependent in the event that the child’s parents are divorced or legally separated. The column explains which parent is normally entitled to the dependency exemption. Also presented is how the custodial parent can release the dependency exemption to the noncustodial parent.

Senate votes to eliminate contractor protections

The Senate voted 49 to 48 to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, which is aimed at federal contractors.

Bill aims to address hiring shortfalls at CBP

Three Republican senators on March 9 introduced legislation that makes a hiring policy change at Customs and Border Protection in order to boost hiring at the agency.

Remaining Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys fired

President Donald Trump’s administration on March 10 abruptly asked the remaining 46 U.S. attorneys held over from the Obama administration to resign from their posts.

Are feds complying with record keeping laws?

In response to recent reports that some federal employees may not be complying with federal record keeping laws, top lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are asking agencies to submit proof of how their employees are following the rules.

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