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Long-term reforms at State

In an interview conducted before the current war in Ukraine, the State Department's diplomatic employees group gets thoughts from the agency's leader Antony Blinken. The piece offers insights on reforms at the agency.

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View the February 22, 2022 issue as a PDF

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Meet the new boss …

Columnist and veteran fed beat reporter Mike Causey remembers the fate of his worst Washington boss—and offers a warning for any not-so-nice government bosses out there.

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Senior Citizens League: The need for guaranteed 3% COLAs

This week Nathan Abse interviews Mary Johnson, a Social Security and COLA expert with the nonprofit Senior Citizens League, with an eye to a proposed major boost to COLAs and its prospects.

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Government avoids shutdown—again …

Congress passed a very short-term funding resolution—narrowly averting shutdown.

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Injured fed firefighters want claims reform

After years of a widely-panned insurance claims system, many feds are now pressing Congress and the administration for a major upgrade.

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States resist $15 min. wage for fed contractors

A handful of states are trying to roll back the White House executive order directing that federal contractors get paid a minimum of $15 per hour.

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WH vaccine order for feds still on hold

The Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate for feds remains on hold after a judicial decision leaves a stay in place, reiterating that no immediate judicial action on the matter will be taken.

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View the February 7, 2022 issue as a PDF

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The (fed) beat goes on

What happened to columnist and federal workplace beat reporter Mike Causey, on one of those once-in-a-lifetime chances to really kick back and take a walk down memory lane.

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POGO: Agencies not complying with 2019 law

A recent report by a good government nonprofit documents the failure of most federal agencies to comply with a landmark 2019 law requiring clear, timely responses to audits and recommendations for improvement made by GAO and agency IGs.

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Union's addition to IRS "tip list": Fund the agency!

The IRS kicked off this tax season hampered by shortages of funding and staff, offering "tips" on how taxpayers might mitigate delays. The largest union of employees at the agency answered with its own tip, a plea aimed at lawmakers.

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NARFE advocates for Social Security 2100

The prominent federal employee organization marked the Social Security Administration’s birthday by lobbying for passage of a major boost for feds in their retirement.

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FEI alums wanted ...

The alumni association of attendees of the Federal Executive Institute is planning events to be held throughout 2022—and wants you to participate, and provide input, on what's ahead for the group.

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MSPB faces 5-year backlog

A former member of the Merit Systems Protection Board reports that, even after the panel swings back into action, its existing backlog of long-delayed cases could take half a decade to work through.

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Data needed on personnel mobility program

An analysis of the federal government’s personnel mobility program—which permits agencies take on experts from outside of government—shows that it helps feds, as intended, to accomplish their mission. But the report also says it cannot quantify the extent of the gains, as more data on the program’s strengths and weaknesses are needed.

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Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of February 7, 2022

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View the January 24, 2022 issue as a PDF

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Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of January 21, 2022

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FAIR Act: 5.1% pay raise proposed ...

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) are co-sponsoring the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, which would provide feds a 5.1% pay raise—including locality pay adjustments—in 2023. Welcome direction but, in this era of inflation, not enough.

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