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Lawmakers consider making changes to harassment policies

As the process for reporting sexual harassment in the federal workforce has come under scrutiny, members of the House Administration Committee are examining needed changes.

Government expert, former Hill counsel faults top leadership for shutdown threats

A distinguished law professor—whose resume includes stints as deputy general counsel for the House and assistant legal counsel in the Senate—denounced the recent round of shutdown threats facing government employees and the wider country that they serve, in an interview with Federal Soup.

Agencies begin preparing for gov't shutdown

White House officials have told agency leaders to begin preparing for a lapse in appropriations if Congress does not reach a budget deal by Dec. 8, which will lead to a government shutdown.

House OKs bill extending probationary period

The House on Thursday passed a bill that extends the probationary period for new federal employees from one year to two years.

Lawmakers introduce ‘Me Too’ bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has unveiled legislation that will address sexual harassment in Congress, which will in effect overhaul the system for filing and settling harassment claims from congressional employees.

Administration still faces hundreds of vacancies

Although President Trump has picked up the pace in nominations for key positions in his administration, on his 300-day mark, many top posts remained unfilled.

TSP bill heads to White House

The TSP Modernization Act has passed the House and Senate and is now headed to the president for approval.

President Trump requests border wall funding

President Trump this week sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting for a budget amendment that would give more money to the Department of Defense, including funding for a border wall.

House adopts Senate's version of 2018 budget

House Republicans have adopted the Senate version of the 2018 budget resolution that does not include billions of dollars in cuts to federal retirement benefits.

Senate Republicans pass budget plan, excludes cuts to fed retirement benefits

The Senate passed a $4 trillion budget plan that does not include a proposal to cut billions of dollars to federal retirement benefits, unlike the House plan.

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