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Dems pen letter urging denial of funds for OPM reorg

House Democrats on April 4 sent a letter to their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee urging them to reject funding for the planned merger of General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management.

Feds, unions: Push is on for FY 2020 raise and paid leave

This spring, feds and their unions continue to chug along lobbying for long-gestating proposals for a small pay raise and common-sense bills that offer modest expansions in other areas of federal compensation, such as paid leave time.

Paid family leave: Bill fuels fed employee hopes—and experts see wide-ranging benefits

This week, Nathan Abse interviews Jeffrey Wenger, a labor economist and senior policy researcher with RAND—and an expert on non-wage benefits—on this important potential perk for feds.

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Rep. Quigley: GSA leader misled lawmakers in FBI headquarter testimony

The House Appropriations Committee is continuing its investigation into the Trump administration’s decision to end efforts to move the FBI headquarters out of Washington, D.C., and into to the suburbs.

DOD approves new policy for transgender troops

The Department of Defense has approved a new policy that will bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex.

Hearing examines women’s access to VA health services

Funding for Veterans Affairs health care services for women has increased about 16 percent over the last five years, yet it accounts for less than 1 percent of overall veterans’ health pending.

Bill would re-establish federal labor-management council

A new bipartisan bill will reinstate advisory panels that promote dialogue and foster partnerships between labor and federal agency management that were disbanded under the Trump administration.

NTEU urges OPM to quickly implement 2019 pay raise

In a letter to the head of the Office of Personnel Management, National Treasury Employees Union President Anthony Reardon asked that the 2019 federal pay raise be published and implemented as soon as possible.

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EPA: Pruitt out, Wheeler in

Although Scott Pruitt has resigned as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency amid personal scandal, his replacement— a former coal lobbyist—will likely continue his polices.

Lawmakers urge OPM's Pon not move forward with proposed cuts to fed benefits

A group of 26 lawmakers is urging Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon not to make the cuts to federal employee retirement benefits he proposed last month.

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