Employee Policy

Feds mark Jan. 6 with sorrow, condemnation

Federal employees and their union representatives remembered last year's violent riot that tried to stop the constitutionally mandated congressional certification of electoral votes.

Employee Policy

OPM disputes 2021 court ruling on firing feds for poor performance

Comments from the Office of Personnel Management in a recent rulemaking could change how agencies approach performance improvement plans and termination for cause.

Employee Policy

Workplace COVID safety weakened, just as omicron hits

An interim health care workplace coronavirus protection standard has been allowed to expire, and employees and their representatives want protection reinstated—now.

Employee Policy

OPM faces uncertain funding prospects

The federal government’s human resources agency is still dealing with budget shortfalls arising from moving background checks to the Department of Defense, and the prospect of a full-year continuing resolution could exacerbate existing pressures.

Benefits

FSAFEDS boosts mileage rate for 2022

The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program is raising the allowable expense for medical travel over 12%.

Employee Policy

OPM Again Extends Deadline for Agencies to Adopt Skills-Based Hiring

The government's personnel agency said final guidance on implementing skills-based hiring assessments, rather than purely educational attainment, is coming soo

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Storm shutters D.C.-area fed offices

Facing certain transportation and electrical power trouble from a winter storm, the federal government shut down in-person workspaces.

Employee Policy

Senior Execs launch new awards for top feds

The group that represents federal senior execs is launching a new set of awards to recognize the best of the best, with recipients to be determined next year.

Employee Policy

Be a mentor -- or learn from one

Young Government Leaders has opened applications for next year’s Mentoring Program.

Employee Policy

NDAA requires DOD to report on prospects for a ‘cyber academy’

The annual defense bill included a provision to report on the potential efficacy of a National Cyber Academy modeled after existing military service academies.

Employee Policy

Union: Some wins, some compromises in NDAA

The National Federation of Federal Employees is taking a victory lap for changing a much-derided two-year probationary period for some new employees back to one year.

FEND

Group pushes to cut telework

A group of GOP lawmakers, citing complaints of deteriorating agency services to constituents, is pushing to reduce the number of feds engaged in telework.

FEND

Feds aid in tornado disaster

Rare December tornadoes wreaked havoc in the heartland. Federal agencies and employees immediately stepped up to help state and local officials in rescue and recovery.

FEND

Feds to get paid bereavement

A provision to give feds up to two weeks of paid bereavement was contained in the bipartisan Defense appropriation, which passed earlier this month.

FEND

Student loan help

A fed employee organization is partnering with a tech startup to help members better manage student loan debt.

FEND

Diversity: More intent than action?

Most feds surveyed say management intends to develop greater diversity in the workforce. But fewer than half report they see adequate effort to make that happen.

Retirement

Debt-ceiling deal averts steep losses for retirees

Had Congress not acted to lift the federal government’s debt ceiling limit, it would potentially threaten the retirement savings of millions of Americans, according to the National Association of Plan Advisors.

Employee Policy

Feds provide crucial help in tornado disaster

Federal agencies and employees have been stepping up to support state and local officials assisting with recovery from the massive storm.

Employee Policy

Nearly 2,000 apply for DHS cyber cadre

The goal is for DHS to onboard the first 150 feds into the new system next year.

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