Employee Policy

Smithsonian Leaders and Union Representatives Disagree Over Museum Openings

Many Smithsonian facilities are located in Washington, D.C., which has experienced a surge in coronavirus cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Postal Service Seeks Temporary Exemption From Biden's Vaccine-or-Test Mandate

USPS says it is looking to avoid a "dramatic loss of employees" during its busy season.

Feds mark Jan. 6 with sorrow, condemnation

Federal employees and their union representatives remembered last year's violent riot that tried to stop the constitutionally mandated congressional certification of electoral votes.

OPM disputes 2021 court ruling on firing feds for poor performance

Comments from the Office of Personnel Management in a recent rulemaking could change how agencies approach performance improvement plans and termination for cause.

Workplace COVID safety weakened, just as omicron hits

An interim health care workplace coronavirus protection standard has been allowed to expire, and employees and their representatives want protection reinstated—now.

OPM faces uncertain funding prospects

The federal government’s human resources agency is still dealing with budget shortfalls arising from moving background checks to the Department of Defense, and the prospect of a full-year continuing resolution could exacerbate existing pressures.

OPM Again Extends Deadline for Agencies to Adopt Skills-Based Hiring

The government's personnel agency said final guidance on implementing skills-based hiring assessments, rather than purely educational attainment, is coming soo

Storm shutters D.C.-area fed offices

Facing certain transportation and electrical power trouble from a winter storm, the federal government shut down in-person workspaces.

Senior Execs launch new awards for top feds

The group that represents federal senior execs is launching a new set of awards to recognize the best of the best, with recipients to be determined next year.

Be a mentor -- or learn from one

Young Government Leaders has opened applications for next year’s Mentoring Program.

NDAA requires DOD to report on prospects for a ‘cyber academy’

The annual defense bill included a provision to report on the potential efficacy of a National Cyber Academy modeled after existing military service academies.

Union: Some wins, some compromises in NDAA

The National Federation of Federal Employees is taking a victory lap for changing a much-derided two-year probationary period for some new employees back to one year.

Feds provide crucial help in tornado disaster

Federal agencies and employees have been stepping up to support state and local officials assisting with recovery from the massive storm.

Nearly 2,000 apply for DHS cyber cadre

The goal is for DHS to onboard the first 150 feds into the new system next year.

WH elevates federal customer experience

A Biden administration executive order aims to use tech to simplify and reduce friction in citizen interactions with government programs and services.

What's next for security clearance reform?

Expect new milestones from the DOD’s governmentwide vetting IT and new policies on vetting criteria in 2022.

Renewed push by some to cut telework

A group of GOP lawmakers is angling to reduce the number of feds engaged in telework, citing high vaccination rates and other reductions in COVID risks in traditional federal workplaces—as well as recent complaints of deteriorating service to constituents.