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Senators urge OPM to rescind proposed background investigation rule

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers has joined efforts to ask the Office of Personnel Management to revoke a current notice of a proposed rule change that would require federal job seekers to disclose some non-conviction records in order to be considered for employment.

Opioids: President, federal officials highlight efforts to combat epidemic

This week, at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit hosted here, the federal government came under the news spotlight—for the many federal agencies countering the country’s opioid epidemic, and for the many federal statistics cited on the catastrophe’s massive costs to individuals, families and the economy

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Trump officially transfers security clearance duties to DOD

President Trump has officially transferred the security clearance process to the Department of Defense from the Office of Personnel Management.

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.

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