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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

USDA finalizes more expansive telework

The new policy reverses telework restrictions put in place during the Trump administration before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New law honors ICE agents

A law passed last month honors two ICE agents who were attacked, leaving one dead, a decade ago while on Mexican soil. Going forward, U.S. courts will be strengthened in pursuit of justice for criminals who harm feds abroad.

WH: Vax mandate enforcement delayed

As the deadline for feds to either get vaccinated or apply for an exception came on Nov. 22, the White House instructed federal agencies to provide counseling and extra time, and to put off enforcement until early January.

Connolly presses for legislation on telework, internships and OPM

A new bill on federal internships would require interns be paid and create a central online source of information on federal internships, among other measures.

Shutdown avoided, as Congress passes CR

A CR passed just in time again, avoiding a shutdown, after an effort by a small group of lawmakers to hold up passage failed. But federal employee organizations are growing weary of this chaotic, recurring routine.

Union: More telework, better compensation would strengthen workforce

The COVID pandemic has exposed old weaknesses, and created new ones, in the federal government's recruiting and retention of its workforce. Continued and even growing emphasis on telework and flexible schedules can help address the problems—but improvements in compensation, including paid family leave and stronger retirement packages, are needed too.

OPM playbook supports hiring surge

Agencies need to staff up to implement the bipartisan infrastructure law, OPM says.

Connolly introduces bill to "rebuild" OPM

A key goal of the bill is to ensure that future OPM directors are nonpartisan.

Government Shutdown? Possibility remains ...

Hopes for successful passage of a CR were growing at the beginning of the week. But now a group of lawmakers opposed to the White House's COVID vaccine mandates is leading many Washington-watchers, including federal employee unions, to see a growing possibility of a federal government shutdown.

WH rolls out workforce DEIA strategy

The Biden administration just last week issued agencies a new roadmap to guide their efforts to develop strategic plans for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA), as required under a June 2021 executive order.

Giving Tuesday: Feds, it's time to help your favorite causes

Every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, feds can be counted on to give millions of dollars and volunteer thousands of hours of their time to worthy causes. The Combined Federal Campaign, which runs through Jan. 15, 2022, is urging feds to join in.