How a public hearing is different from an investigation—and what it means for the Jan. 6 committee

Just before the public hearings held in Congress by the January 6 investigative committee, a former oversight staffer for the House of Representatives explains what such hearings aim to accomplish.

Pay

Union: A request to raise gas reimbursement rates to reflect skyrocketing prices

One fed employee union this week pressed for higher fuel reimbursements, citing rapidly rising gas prices—along with a weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

Financial Planning

GAO tags unemployment insurance as 'high risk'

The government watchdog says more than $78 billion in improper unemployment insurance payments were made in fiscal year 2021. The report cites fraud, poor customer service, inequitable access, legacy tech and staffing shortages as key drivers of failure.

Employee Policy

Occupational health org hits 50—and fights on for employee safety

OSHA was founded with the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act. But individual councils, each known as a COSH, of workers, health organizations and allied groups took off in 1972, and ensured that the new agency and its regulations were able to take effect on the ground.

Employee Policy

EEOC: Reentry continues despite COVID-19 spikes; union wants more communication

Bargaining unit employees are expected to double their amount of in-office work next week, despite increasing numbers of agency offices located in high transmission regions.

TSP

TSP participants bemoan bumpy recordkeeper transition

Feds and retirees are reporting problems with setting up new accounts for online access to the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program—and the agency’s call center has been deluged.

Employee Policy

Successor to congressional cyber commission wants WH to lead on related workforce strategy

One recommendation: establish cyber excepted service authorities, like the DHS's newly launched cyber hiring initiative, government-wide.

Pay

Podcast: How to negotiate your salary… and everything else

Author Jotham S. Stein joins our partner site GovExec's podcast, and discusses how to gain leverage in work negotiations.

Employee Policy

Despite polarizing politics, civil service protections endure—for now

With hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection looming, political scientist Kenneth Warren discusses the danger extreme polarization poses to American politics—and, over time, the civil service.

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Life outside the Beltway

Federal beat columnist Mike Causey reminds the majority of feds who live far from Washington to come visit and actually see the sights sometime—and recalls the joys of his own escapes far from the national capital area.

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Expert: Despite polarizing politics, civil service protections endure—for now

As Congress opens hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Nathan Abse interviews political scientist Kenneth Warren about the dangers the country's ongoing partisan polarization poses to the functioning of our political system—and, longer term, federal agencies and the civil service.

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Inflation eats 10% of Social Security check value—in just one year

Social Security payments have eroded in buying power over time, especially over this past year's accelerated inflation—with an especially harsh loss of 10% over the period. A report from the Senior Citizens League explores the problem.

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Back to the office?

Some argue that far many more feds should already be back at their desks.

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DOD civilians, try these retirement tools …

The Pentagon's civilian employees are urged to maximize their retirement—and to start by consulting one of many informational aids and tools on some dedicated DOD websites.

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Lawmaker slams relocation bills

D.C.'s House representative pushes back, trying to ensure a dead stop to yet another proposal to move federal agencies away from the nation's capital.

TSP

Most of Biden's TSP nominees are free to be confirmed

GOP lawmakers who had placed a hold on confirmation changed course after the nominees committed to being “highly skeptical” of proposals to include Chinese investments in the Thrift Savings Plan’s offerings.

Employee Policy

Most of the COVID-19 workforce were women of color. What Happens now as those jobs end?

Women of color took on the majority of new jobs created during the pandemic to do contact tracing, and to test and vaccinate Americans, experts said. But as sites ramp down, the future of that workforce is now uncertain.

Employee Policy

Future COVID-19 booster shots will likely need fresh formulations as new coronavirus variants of concern continue to emerge

A new generation of vaccines and boosters against SARS-CoV-2 may take a page from the anti-influenza playbook, with shots periodically tailored to target the most commonly circulating virus strains.

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