Employee Policy

These three federal employees landed in hot water over Hatch Act violations

The Office of Special Counsel announced settlements over violations at three agencies: the U.S. Postal Service, Veterans Affairs Department and U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency.

Employee Policy

Afghanistan watchdog blasts State and USAID for ‘sudden refusal to cooperate’ 

The agencies defended their handling of requests since October and said they’ve “regularly responded” to the office over the years.

Birx: Trump’s dismissiveness of COVID led to a ‘lack of action’

Former pandemic response leader Deborah Birx details how she attempted to sidestep promotion of debunked science and potential political interference with scientific work.

Retirement

Second thoughts on retiring this year

Inflation makes a would-be retiree feel like a deer in the headlights.

Employee Policy

Biden signs bill creating federal cybersecurity rotational program

Certain cyber and IT federal employees will be able to rotate to other agencies under a new law signed Tuesday.

TSP

Another TSP transition update

Once again, a weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

Employee Policy

Top GSA buildings official discusses future of federal offices

“Right now, what I think the opportunity is is to have fewer buildings and better buildings,” the Public Buildings Service commissioner told lawmakers. 

Pay

Advocates, lawmakers laud firefighter pay boost

Federal wildland firefighters finally get long-awaited pay boost, and advocates are relieved.

Employee Policy

CISA plans to hire Chief People Officer to boost cyber workforce

Agency advisors are set to vote on a host of draft recommendations which include reviewing the security clearance process for inefficiency.

Jan. 6 Committee hearings show what went right, not just what went wrong

Coverage of the House Jan. 6 hearings focuses on what went wrong that led up to Trump supporters’ laying siege to the U.S. Capitol. A government scholar looks at what went right, both then and now.

FEND

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.

FEND

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.

FEND

Workplace health org celebrates 50th

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been long supported and supplemented by COSH organizations, also known as councils for occupational safety and health. This month, National COSH is marking its 50th, and still offering resources to agencies and employees on how to improve workplace safety.

FEND

NARFE: Document all civilian and military work credits

NARFE will host a helpful online retirement event July 7, advising feds on how to make sure they get credit for all of their service.

FEND

SCOTUS: Erroneous benefits decision stands

Last week's Supreme Court decision in George v. McDonough is likely to make it more difficult for people to successfully sue feds.

FEND

View the June 21, 2022 issue as a PDF

$100 million of TMF funding tagged for customer experience projects

The resources, coming from the $1 billion investment in TMF made through the American Rescue Plan Act, will help implement the executive order on customer experience.

Employee Policy

DHS is making ‘significant reforms’ to the employee discipline process

The effort comes in the wake of an outside oversight group's allegations of wrongdoing in the inspector general office which the IG contests.

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