Benefits

Survey offers clues on how agencies can mitigate the “Great Resignation”

Economy-watchers lament the so-called Great Resignation, the current trend of accelerated workforce retirements and drop-outs. Whatever its roots, a recent survey indicates how employers might buck the trend—with competitive retirement and other benefits for employees.

Ferriero to retire from National Archives

After 12 years on the job, Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero will retire from his post this spring.

Feds join in remembering MLK

On this national holiday weekend, feds are joining people across America and the world in honoring the life and achievements of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Employee Policy

Biden's CX order puts new momentum behind longtime efforts, leaders

Officials at a recent American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) event outlined how a White House EO on customer experience for those using government services is helping to unify many disparate and related efforts across government.

Pay

Bill proposes 5.1 percent pay boost for feds

Like other Americans, feds are enduring a sustained rise in consumer prices. Pay raises have simply not kept up. Proposed legislation would go a long way toward easing the hurt imposed by inflation—but not until 2023.

Employee Policy

DHS launches new program to recruit, train climate professionals

The program—aimed at recruiting recent graduates as well as current federal employees—is one of the department's efforts meant to focus DHS on adapting to climate change.

Employee Policy

MSPB passes five-year mark without a quorum

Without a quorum on the Merit Systems Protection Board, the panel is unable to issue decisions for appeals—leaving thousands in limbo and a critical part of the civil service system non-functional.

Retirement

OPM: Annual notices to retirees delayed

OPM is delaying in mailing out its annual official notice on annuity adjustments. But the agency says annuitants should be able to avoid the delay by accessing the same information, specific to their own accounts, online.

Employee Policy

OPM prods agencies to name chief diversity officers

OPM followed up on an executive order on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in a letter released Monday regarding chief diversity officers. OPM is establishing a forum for these officials, it says.

Pay

Pay boost for overworked BOP staff

Bureau of Prisons workers at two understaffed and overworked facilities are slated to receive both pay raises and retention bonuses, after hefty efforts by their unions in cooperation with management.

Benefits

Federal Academic Alliance expands

Several new schools and training offerings have been added to the program that offers reduced tuition to feds.

FEND

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FEND

Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of January 6, 2022

FEND

Snow shutters D.C. fed offices—twice

Winter storms hit the D.C. area last week, twice shutting down the federal government's in-person workspaces.

FEND

PPS leadership training

A leading good government group, the Partnership for Public Service, urges feds to consider taking its latest management development course, designed to help GS-7s to GS-11s get more out of their careers.

FEND

Senior Execs launch new awards for top feds

SEA, which represents federal senior execs, is seeking nominees for a new set of awards, to throw a spotlight on the best of the best among these leaders, with recipients to be chosen in the coming months.

FEND

FSAFEDS: Mileage expense boosted

With gasoline and other driving costs up, the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program is boosting the permissible expense for medical travel by over 12%.

FEND

1/6: Feds condemn Capitol attack

Feds and employee organizations look back on last year's violent riot, commemorating the dead and wounded, denouncing the violence and expressing concern about what it all might mean for the future.

Employee Policy

Smithsonian Leaders and Union Representatives Disagree Over Museum Openings

Many Smithsonian facilities are located in Washington, D.C., which has experienced a surge in coronavirus cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Benefits

Leadership training might just jump-start your career

The Partnership for Public Service is offering a new management development program that will help GS-7s to GS-11s get more from their careers.

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