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.

Financial Planning

Need help with student loans?

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

Employee Policy

WH elevates federal customer experience

A Biden administration executive order aims to use tech to simplify and reduce friction in citizen interactions with government programs and services.

Employee Policy

What's next for security clearance reform?

Expect new milestones from the DOD’s governmentwide vetting IT and new policies on vetting criteria in 2022.

Employee Policy

Renewed push by some to cut telework

A group of GOP lawmakers is angling to reduce the number of feds engaged in telework, citing high vaccination rates and other reductions in COVID risks in traditional federal workplaces—as well as recent complaints of deteriorating service to constituents.

Employee Policy

What's next for security clearance reform?

Expect new milestones from the DOD’s governmentwide vetting IT and new policies on vetting criteria in 2022.

Employee Policy

Renewed push by some to cut telework

A group of GOP lawmakers is angling to reduce the number of feds engaged in telework, citing high vaccination rates and other reductions in COVID risks in tradtional federal workplaces.

Employee Policy

Feds on track for paid bereavement

A provision to give feds up to two weeks of paid bereavement is included in the bipartisan Defense bill.

Employee Policy

Vaccination rates tick up slightly among feds

The number of vaccinated feds has increased, although there are still thousands of pending exception and extension requests to the mandate.

Employee Policy

Diversity: Feds see more intent than action

A recent survey shows the vast majority of feds say management strongly intends to develop a healthy diversity in their workforce. But fewer than half see equally potent action to make that happen on the ground.

Employee Policy

NDAA requires new job data

The House-passed compromise NDAA also has other workforce provisions, including a change to the probationary period for civilian feds at DOD and paid parental bereavement leave for federal employees.

Employee Policy

Feds, union fight to save EPA facility

A coalition of feds, lawmakers, union leaders and outside organizations are fighting to keep a major EPA lab from relocating to an older, less appropriate site—hundreds of miles away.

Employee Policy

Federal court blocks contractor vax mandate

A nationwide injunction from a federal court blocks the Biden administration from enforcing its vaccination mandate for the federal contract workforce.

Employee Policy

EEOC roundup highlights workplace pitfalls

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's routine digest reveals a full range of complaints of managerial missteps, and the ways they have been resolved.

Employee Policy

Ahuja tees up 2022 plans for OPM

The Office of Personnel Management has a long list of priorities as it rebuilds itself and rolls out policies to implement the Biden-Harris agenda.

FEND

Shutdown avoided—again

A CR passed in Congress just in time again, preventing a government shutdown despite an effort by a small group of lawmakers to hold up passage. But federal employee organizations are revealing their fatigue in the face of this chaotic, recurring routine.

FEND

Bill: Sex harass protection

Employees of the federal courts—the judicial branch of our government—currently are inadequately protected from on-the-job sexual harassment. Advocates and their allies on Capitol Hill are joining in raising awareness, and pressing for passing reform legislation on the issue.

FEND

Union backs bill to ease backlog

NTEU, the union representing employees at the beleaguered and underfunded IRS, see reform possibilities in the current version of the Build Back Better bill pending in Congress.

FEND

Postal unions rebut red ink stories

Postal unions are pushing back against news stories that uncritically accept USPS management's story of financial losses across its massive delivery operations. Labor leaders are reminding lawmakers and the public that distorted accounting, impossible future retiree obligations and other congressionally-manufactured burdens leads to these false stories, all of which can be fixed only if the White House and lawmakers get together to pass pending reform legislation.

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