Pay

Locality pay tweaks, possible Social Security changes—and more

These news items come as part of a weekly roundup of pay and benefits developments ...

Employee Policy

FDA internal review of infant formula shortage found workforce problems 

Staffing shortages and insufficient training contributed to the crisis, investigators said. 

Employee Policy

Hundreds of feds sent to Puerto Rico, to help with hurricane response

FEMA already had a significant presence on the island due to ongoing recovery efforts.

Preparing for the midterm elections, at the EAC

Courtney Bublé speaks to Thomas Hicks, Election Assistance Commission chair, about the upcoming November elections on the podcast.

Employee Policy

These are the winners for the annual ‘Oscars of government service’ 

These awards are especially important “during these turbulent times when federal employees have been threatened and demonized,” nonprofit leader says.

Employee Policy

Telework: FDIC is already reneging on new telework agreement, union says

NTEU says employees at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation were promised telework—with no need to return to the office regularly. But then, contrary to that pledge, managers made attendance at weekly check-in meetings mandatory.

Employee Policy

A House panel advances legislation to protect feds during pandemics

The Chai Suthammanont Healthy Federal Workplaces Act proposes to require federal agencies to develop and publish workplace safety plans, to get ready for future pandemics.

Pay

Troops worry most about inflation, Air Force Secretary says

Frank Kendall said he’s reversing planned cuts to special duty pay.

Lawmakers take another step toward avoiding the chaos of the last WH transition

A bill would require transition resources to go to both sides if there is a time period when the election results are in doubt.  

Employee Policy

IRS has funding to hire tens of thousands. Can it do it?

IRS hiring has been thrust into the spotlight, but augmenting the agency's workforce is still far from guaranteed.

Employee Policy

Senators want to know how agencies are spending money to meet management goals

A new bipartisan bill would empower a central office to coordinate and track execution of the president's management agenda. Two senators, each from their separate side of the aisle, are digging into the issue.

Retirement

How confident are women in their retirement plans?

The Employee Benefit Research Institute's Craig Copeland joins our partner podcast to discuss his organization's recent study.

FEND

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FEND

Expert to feds: All of us can help fight rise in mental illness and suicides. Here’s how …

Nathan Abse interviews Dr. Asim Shah, Chief Psychiatrist for Harris Health in Texas and a leader in public mental health for Houston's 5 million people. Shah discusses our country's rise in suicides—and how feds and their families can help stem the tide. In distress? Dial 988!

FEND

Your federal career: Things to bear in mind ...

Federal beat columnist Mike Causey reminds us that even when you might think otherwise, it's likely the grass is pretty green already—on this side of hill.

FEND

COLAs: Corporate experts OK 'chained CPI’—feds don’t

Feds and labor advocates continue to push back against corporate experts who think COLAs should be calculated using a "chained CPI" formula.

FEND

Investigative report eyes DHS IG

Some apparent missteps of the DHS IG are scrutinized in recent investigative efforts.

FEND

Group perseveres against fed unions

An anti-union organization is urging the Federal Labor Relations Authority to make it easier for feds to decertify, under some circumstances, their own unions.

Legislation increasing whistleblower protections for feds gets House approval

It is one of several bills House lawmakers took up this week to improve government transparency and accountability. 

Employee Policy

OMB's 'learning agenda' looks to drive government innovation

The learning agenda, focused on the federal workforce, government service delivery and equity, is meant to spur research across government silos and spark innovation, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

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