Al Qaeda leader killed in July 30 U.S. drone strike

President Biden addressed nation this week. Strike “made good” on president's promise to target terrorists after withdrawing from Afghanistan, an official said.

TSP

Every TSP fund rebounded in July

For the first time in months, all of the core offerings in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program posted gains.

Employee Policy

The problem with ignoring government performance information ...

Federal agencies’ quarterly performance updates, short- and long-term strategic plans, and annual performance reports deserve more attention.

Employee Policy

'There needs to be a reckoning': Republicans introduce bill to make feds at-will employees

The legislation, along with recent talk of a renewed effort to implement Schedule F, makes clear that a “major assault” on the federal civil service is coming, regardless of who the next Republican presidential nominee will be.

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View the Aug 1, 2022 issue as a PDF

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Expert: In W.Va. vs. EPA, SCOTUS curbs agencies—amid wider political landscape of “deep state” lies

Public policy expert Don Kettl discusses the parallel worlds of a Supreme Court curbing federal regulatory power and a popular world awash in (unfounded) "deep state" conspiracy theories—with both realms hostile to agency authority.

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TSP: Keep it simple?

Our only occasionally curmudgeonly federal beat columnist joins some readers with a bone or two to pick with the "new and improved" TSP.

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Schedule F: Trump would politicize workforce

The former president is teasing another run for the White House, despite emerging, and potentially disqualifying, legal issues in connection with his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots. He also is telegraphing plans to end the professionalized civil service as we know it, reclassifying tens of thousands of feds as politically vulnerable, at-will "Schedule F" workers.

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State, USAID: Diversity issues persist

The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development need to do better in developing and maintaining a diverse workforce, according to a recent GAO report.

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Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of July 28, 2022.

Benefits

‘These people don’t care’: U.S. Senate GOP stalls veterans' burn pit bill

Bipartisan legislation would expand health care and benefits to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits during deployments.

Employee Policy

USPS to slash 50,000 positions in coming years

The plan envisions relying solely on attrition. Meanwhile, USPS is delivering election ballots at a much faster clip.

Employee Policy

IRS hiring surge, USPS electric vehicle funding and more in lawmakers' agreement

Many agencies would see a funding surge under an agreement struck last week by Democratic senators.

Pay

A Senate bill helps advance Biden’s 4.6% pay raise plan

Like its counterpart appropriations bill in the House, the spending legislation that serves as the vehicle for federal employee compensation issues is silent on the subject of a 2023 pay increase, effectively endorsing the president’s plan.

Employee Policy

Nonprofit leader works to reverse ‘dismal’ numbers of women in federal law enforcement

Cathy Sanz’s organization provides training, scholarships, networking and mentorship opportunities to help women “go for it” in their careers.

Employee Policy

Lawmakers: DHS IG should ‘step aside’ from Secret Service probe

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari failed to notify Congress about the Secret Service’s refusal to comply with his office’s investigation for months, top lawmakers said. 

Employee Policy

West Virginia vs. EPA: To some, another win against the alleged “deep state”

The Supreme Court recently ruled to curb the EPA's power, with the possible implication of restricting federal regulatory strength in general.

Employee Policy

Podcast: Schedule F Might Be Coming Back

Eric Katz joins GovExec Daily's podcast from our partner site to discuss one of the Trump administration's signature workforce policies.

Employee Policy

Trump has endorsed a plan to purge the Civil Service of ‘rogue bureaucrats’

Former Trump staffers have said they have identified 50,000 federal employees who would be ousted under a new iteration of Schedule F during the next Republican administration.

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