Employee Policy

Pandemic watchdog seeks more time, money and authority

The office is floating a draft bill that would keep it open an additional five years, provide more consistent funding and expand the special IG’s jurisdiction.

Employee Policy

VA acquisition workforce are mostly satisfied, despite reported program issues

A large majority of acquisition staff at VA reported, in a recent GAO survey, that they are satisfied in their current positions. This news comes despite continuing issues with the VA’s acquisition programs.

Benefits

Feds will pay 8.7% more toward health care premiums next year

OPM said increased use of health care services, as the COVID-19 pandemic has waned, has led to the sharpest uptick in health insurance premiums in more than a decade.

Employee Policy

Can coworkers prevent ‘quiet quitting’?

"...it is clear that companies can benefit significantly when employees go above and beyond what's required of them."

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Expert: Social Security needs more reform than just higher COLAs

Nathan Abse interviews Laurence Kotlikoff, an economist at Boston University and longtime expert on Social Security. Kotlikoff offers insight on several problems with the government-administered retirement program, and how to fix them.

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Whistleblowers at nuclear plant recognized

A new documentary explores the dangerous stabilization work that followed an infamous 1979 nuclear plant accident—and the struggle among the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, contractors and a handful of whistleblowers who stopped matters from getting even worse.

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Shutdown averted

Last week, Congress once again narrowly prevented a government shutdown and all the trouble these usually bring to the public, business—and federal employees.

Employee Policy

Senate democrats push to prevent another Schedule F, as part of Defense bill

Two senators hope to attach the text of the Preventing a Patronage System Act to the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, following the House’s lead.

How to be a more proactive listener and leader

Oscar Trimboli joins the show to discuss his book "How to Listen: Discover the Hidden Key to Better Communication."

Employee Policy

WH says it hasn’t given up on COVID-19 funding

The news of the White House's stance comes as part of a regular roundup of coronavirus developments you might have missed.

Employee Policy

Managers, err on the side of too much communication

It's better for managers to give employees too much communication than too little, researchers report.

Employee Policy

Biden’s nominee makes his case to take the government’s top regulatory job

Presidential pick Richard Revesz gained the support of former OIRA administrators for the job, which is housed within OMB—but he still has some progressive detractors.

Benefits

OPM approves multiple emergency leave transfer programs

The news from the Office of Personnel Management comes as part of a regular roundup of pay and benefits news.

Employee Policy

Can apprenticeships help address the cyber workforce gap?

The push comes as part of the Labor Department's cybersecurity apprenticeship sprint, which it launched with the Department of Commerce over the summer.

Pay

Federal judge allows fed to pursue overtime backpay from training

A lawsuit challenges regulations from OPM that dictate federal employees cannot receive overtime pay in connection with entry-level job training.

Employee Policy

Archivist confirmation hearing turns to politics behind Mar-a-Lago search

Republicans seized on a traditionally "sleepy" confirmation process to draw attention to the National Archives and Records Administration's involvement in the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Employee Policy

Three Mile Island: Whistleblowers saved the day ... after

A new documentary on errors made in the cleanup after the infamous 1979 nuclear accident reminds feds, and workers of all kinds, of the importance of whistleblowers—and the need for stronger whistleblower protections.

Employee Policy

Can federal employees volunteer for political campaigns and make contributions? Election do's and don'ts

This is the second installment in a series about the rules and policies federal employees should know ahead of the midterm elections.

Employee Policy

Can apprenticeships help address the cyber workforce gap?

The push comes as part of the Labor Department's cybersecurity apprenticeship sprint, which it launched with the Department of Commerce over the summer.

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