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Events: Public Service Week, Sammies

Early May saw several notable events spotlighting the best of the federal workforce.

FEND

Firefighters bill advances

Legislation to shore up workers comp for federal firefighters, easing claims for a number of conditions often brought about by their demanding and dangerous work, passed in the House of Representatives.

Employee Policy

Why won’t more older Americans get their COVID booster?

Approximately 1 in 3 Americans 65 and older who completed their initial vaccination round still have not received a first booster shot. The numbers dismay researchers, who say the lag has cost tens of thousands of lives.

Employee Policy

Former Operation Warp Speed official: 'Model' for public-private partnerships

On FederalSoup's partner site's daily podcast, Courtney Bublé talks to Paul Mango, formerly of Operation Warp Speed, about the vaccine development program.

Employee Policy

That time EPA contractors built secret man caves in a warehouse

Workplace issue: When “vermin feces” is the second-biggest issue in your facility, you know you’ve got problems.

Mango: COVID vaccine development was a success, but communication could've been better

Paul Mango, an official with the Trump administration, was involved in virtually all aspects of Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership.  

Employee Policy

Senate bill to train acquisition workforce on AI gets House counterpart

The AI Training Act, which passed the Senate last December now has a House companion bill from Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and James Comer (R-Ky.).

Benefits

Despite recent losses, USPS and unions see improvement ahead

The Postal Service recently reported a rise in overall revenue but some all-too-familiar net losses. However, in the wake of the recently passed Postal Service Reform Act, both management and unions expect better balance sheets in the future.

Employee Policy

Most VA employees say they were not emotionally supported during pandemic

With turnover at the agency soaring, the front-line staff were largely unaware of VA's offerings to support employee well-being, new survey finds.

COVID: A guide to help you keep up with the omicron subvariants

How different are the seemingly endless stream of emerging omicron subvariants from one another and how protected are we?

Employee Policy

EEOC union decries agency’s unilateral decision to return to office

The American Federation of Government Employees Council 216 has filed an unfair labor practice complaint, alleging the agency bypassed ongoing negotiations over the return to traditional work sites and engaging in “surface-level” bargaining.

Pay

TSA workers, reps press for full GS rights

Transportation Security Agency employees aim this week to see the House pass a bill that would provide them with better pay and appeal options, similar to those available to other federal employees.

Employee Policy

A quick take on the president’s management priorities

The president's vision has now been filled out in more detail. Here are some thoughts. 

Retirement

Podcast: Why aren't more feds taking advantage of the Roth TSP?

Contributor Dallen Haws joins partner site GovExec's podcast to discuss feds' retirement investment options.

Employee Policy

Podcast: Roe could be near its end. Can feds join protests?

Contributor Lindy Kyzer joins our partner site GovExec's daily show to discuss what the Hatch Act says about public political activity.

Employee Policy

Senators, labor press for adding more ALJs to the SSA union

Democrats and labor advocates feel emboldened after the Biden administration encouraged agencies to search their ranks for misclassified workers.

Public Service Recognition Week 2022

Public Service Recognition Week this year, running from May 1-7, brings moments of appreciation to millions of public employees of all stripes.

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