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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.

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Shutdown avoided—again

A CR passed in Congress just in time again, preventing a government shutdown despite an effort by a small group of lawmakers to hold up passage. But federal employee organizations are revealing their fatigue in the face of this chaotic, recurring routine.

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Unions: Delay fed vax deadline

Federal employee unions are objecting to the Biden administration's Nov. 22 vaccination deadline for feds, and are asking for that date to be pushed into January.

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Feds: Tighten cybersecurity

A majority of feds in the cyber field queried in a recent survey think they do a better job than their private-sector counterparts. Before that stat leads you to jump to conclusions that feds think all is well in the computer security world, take note: A far larger majority of feds say that government must do much more to protect data and computer networks.

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Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of November 15, 2021.

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Feds—It's Open Season!

Feds: Open Season ends on Monday, Dec. 13, at midnight. Make sure you've done your research, and chosen your health insurance and related options for 2022.

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Contractor vax deadline on hold

A federal appeals court put a stay on the White House-led OSHA regulations, which had called for larger private-sector companies to require either COVID vaccinations or weekly testing.

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GAO: COVID safety improving

Many improvements have been made in current and future workplace health and reentry information collection and plans, according to a GAO report finds, in wake of a White House order last year instructing the COVID Task Force to review the situation.

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Bill to end WEP penalty?

Legislation is pending on Capitol Hill that would rescind the current WEP penalty, a penalty that reduces federal retirement checks. Federal employee advocates are applauding the proposal.

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Letter: Feds, report back!

A group of lawmakers has signed a letter, pressing the Biden administration to bring more of the federal workforce back to its pre-pandemic offices and worksites, given complaints of continued reduced government "responsiveness" to the public and businesses.

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Feds receive Service to America Awards

This year's annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America awards (better known as the “Sammies”) brings special recognition to a slew of high-achieving feds, with several heroes involved in the fight against COVID honored.

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Bill to protect feds abroad advances

Last week, a bill passed in Congress that should significantly strengthen U.S. law governing the protection of American federal officers abroad. The Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act is set to add significant safeguards for our people as they fight drugs, human trafficking and terror in countries other than the U.S.

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And now for something completely different ...

Columnist Mike Causey begins his most recent piece by wondering if most feds headed toward retirement are (still) talking about their pay and benefits packages, or is it something completely different—say, something about masks and jabs?

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Unions welcome WH support

Federal employee unions are praising a recent White House announcement pressing agencies to better inform feds of their collective bargaining and other labor rights.

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Few vaccine loopholes for contractors

A news analysis outlines several major companies' moves to comply with the contractor EO—and predicts very limited success for those who remain in opposition.

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Bill eases public-sector unionizing

A major public-sector employees' union has joined others in backing legislation that could lead to more government employees joining labor organizations.

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Conflicts of interest at USPS

A recent report from a government watchdog group finds serious conflicts of interest at the top level of the Postal Service.

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Thrift Savings Plan Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of November 1, 2021.

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