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Snow shutters D.C. fed offices—twice

Winter storms hit the D.C. area last week, twice shutting down the federal government's in-person workspaces.

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of January 6, 2022

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Group pushes to cut telework

A group of GOP lawmakers, citing complaints of deteriorating agency services to constituents, is pushing to reduce the number of feds engaged in telework.

Feds aid in tornado disaster

Rare December tornadoes wreaked havoc in the heartland. Federal agencies and employees immediately stepped up to help state and local officials in rescue and recovery.

Student loan help

A fed employee organization is partnering with a tech startup to help members better manage student loan debt.

Feds to get paid bereavement

A provision to give feds up to two weeks of paid bereavement was contained in the bipartisan Defense appropriation, which passed earlier this month.

Diversity: More intent than action?

Most feds surveyed say management intends to develop greater diversity in the workforce. But fewer than half report they see adequate effort to make that happen.

Wanted: Even more telework

COVID has exposed old weaknesses, and created new ones, a major federal employee leader says, in the federal government's workforce recruiting and retention. More telework and flexible schedules can help address the problems. But other improvements, in compensation and paid family leave, are also needed.

Feds give to good causes

GivingTuesday, the annual day of federal employee gifting of time and money to charity, has passed. But the Combined Federal Campaign, which runs through Jan. 15, 2022, is reminding feds there is still time to join in.

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of December 6, 2021.

WH: Vax mandate enforcement delayed

As the deadline for feds to either get vaccinated or apply for an exception came on Nov. 22, the White House instructed federal agencies to provide counseling and extra time, and to put off enforcement until early January.

Postal unions rebut red ink stories

Postal unions are pushing back against news stories that uncritically accept USPS management's story of financial losses across its massive delivery operations. Labor leaders are reminding lawmakers and the public that distorted accounting, impossible future retiree obligations and other congressionally-manufactured burdens leads to these false stories, all of which can be fixed only if the White House and lawmakers get together to pass pending reform legislation.

Union backs bill to ease backlog

NTEU, the union representing employees at the beleaguered and underfunded IRS, see reform possibilities in the current version of the Build Back Better bill pending in Congress.

Bill: Sex harass protection

Employees of the federal courts—the judicial branch of our government—currently are inadequately protected from on-the-job sexual harassment. Advocates and their allies on Capitol Hill are joining in raising awareness, and pressing for passing reform legislation on the issue.