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Expert: In W.Va. vs. EPA, SCOTUS curbs agencies—amid wider political landscape of “deep state” lies

Public policy expert Don Kettl discusses the parallel worlds of a Supreme Court curbing federal regulatory power and a popular world awash in (unfounded) "deep state" conspiracy theories—with both realms hostile to agency authority.

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TSP: Keep it simple?

Our only occasionally curmudgeonly federal beat columnist joins some readers with a bone or two to pick with the "new and improved" TSP.

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Schedule F: Trump would politicize workforce

The former president is teasing another run for the White House, despite emerging, and potentially disqualifying, legal issues in connection with his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots. He also is telegraphing plans to end the professionalized civil service as we know it, reclassifying tens of thousands of feds as politically vulnerable, at-will "Schedule F" workers.

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State, USAID: Diversity issues persist

The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development need to do better in developing and maintaining a diverse workforce, according to a recent GAO report.

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Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of July 28, 2022.

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View the July 18, 2022 issue as a PDF

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Expert: Survey shows morale drop among feds—but similar issues weigh on wider workforce

Nathan Abse interviews Iowa State University's "Dr. Politics," political scientist Steffen Schmidt, on recent polling revealing gloomier feds, against the broader context of worries weakening engagement across American workplaces—with causes that are economic, political and cultural.

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Fighting words

Our veteran federal beat columnist takes a look at some of the more perennial government follies he sees in his native nation's capital and its suburbs, despite and sometimes because of the best efforts of public servants.

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Gender gap in fed STEM jobs

Women have yet to get anywhere near parity in numbers with their male colleagues in the federal workforce, especially in certain tech jobs.

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$63 million OPM data breach settlement

Feds, contractors and others can now seek monetary compensation for costs they incurred as a result of the 2015 breach, through a newly launched settlement website.

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WH: 474 employees total

This month, Congress received the annual accounting of the numbers and salaries of feds who staff the White House.

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Retirement today: Inflation matters—but so do other factors …

Nathan Abse interviews Fritz Gilbert—a longtime writer on retirement—about the psychological and financial considerations retirees say, in hindsight, helped shape good outcomes in their decisionmaking process.

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SCOTUS restricts EPA, signals weaker agencies

The U.S. electric power industry long has faced sharper curbs on gas emissions. Now it's the nation's half-century old regulatory agency—and possibly others—that have been brought to heel.

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POGO: To improve trust, enhance accountability

Perhaps the most promising means of shoring up the public’s damaged trust in government is for leaders to take concrete steps toward making government more transparent—and accountable.

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TSP transition’s troubles

Debugging the new and improved TSP's website interface is taking longer than expected.

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SCOTUS curbs EPA: Reaction

Lawmakers and environmental advocates react in opposition to the Supreme Court's decision in West Virginia vs. EPA—with implications for the 15,000 federal employees and their work there, as well as hundreds of thousands more carrying out regulatory missions at other departments and agencies.

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View the July 5, 2022 issue as a PDF

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D.C.—Still a world apart

Columnist Mike Causey paints the town—and a few taxi cabs—and then travels on to explore some of the not always well-liked weirdnesses of the nation's capital and home to most fed agency headquarters.

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Union: Fed firefighters finally get big pay boost

Nathan Abse interviews NFFE's president, Randy Erwin, about the good news: Fed wildland firefighters finally got a big raise, at least for two years. But climate change is bringing far more fire danger to our country, and much of the rest of the world.

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Feds celebrate Juneteenth

Feds mark the anniversary of the day slavery was finally abolished in the U.S., June 19, 1865, and participate in events tied to this newest federal holiday.

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