Hiring for Presidential Innovation Fellows opens

Originally a brainchild of the Obama-Biden tech office, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is now looking for its eighth cohort of in-house federal tech innovators. How has it changed, and what lessons might the program offer for recruiting top tech talent into the government?

Biden signs Rescue bill adding pandemic leave for feds

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law on Thursday. In addition to a massive influx of funding to support Americans harmed by the economic fallout of the pandemic, there is funding available for IT modernization and provision to help the federal workforce cope with COVID-19.

GSA releases transition funds to Biden

More than two weeks after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election by the Associated Press, the General Services Administration is releasing $7.3 million in transition funding and making other resources available to the president-elect's team.

GSA expands COVID data aggregation

GSA's COVID-19 data aggregation operation sharpens information and services as pandemic continues.

Study will examine OPM-GSA merger

There's still no information yet on how the congressionally mandated NAPA study will be conducted.

GSA issues first orders for new payroll system

GSA issued about $10 million in task orders for shared payroll services under its NewPay initiative.

Maryland congressman calls OPM-GSA merger 'illegal'

At a testy House Oversight hearing June 27, lawmakers from both parties heaped criticism on the Office of Personnel Management for what they're describing as a lack of responsiveness to their requests for documents in support of a plan to merge OPM into the General Services Administration.

House approves bill authorizing 2020 pay raise, blocks OPM-GSA plans

An appropriations bill passed in the House includes multiple provisions to prevent OPM and GSA from merging and blocks any reduction in force arising from a budget gap at the human resources agency.

House Appropriators don’t support OPM-GSA merger

House Appropriators want the Office of Personnel Management to improve on its core duties including retirement processing without support from a planned merger with the General Services Administration.

House bill includes pay raise

The Financial Services and General Government appropriation, which includes a pay raise for civilian feds, passed its subcommittee and will be voted on by the full committee.

Proposed bill to overhaul HR services detailed

The White House is proposing legislation for a dramatic overhaul of human resources inside government and wants $50 million to execute the plan.

OMB issues new shared services model for agencies

The Trump administration rolled out a new shared services plan to try to reduce duplicative back office functions and prod agencies to adopt government-wide solutions.

White House pushes OPM-GSA merger

The White House budget proposed moving ahead with the administration’s reorganization plan to fold the Office of Personnel Management into the General Services Administration, and is exploring what can be done without congressional approval.

Cuts to federal retirement, pay freeze part of new budget proposal

The White House's fiscal year 2020 budget adds to a previously proposed pay freeze and retirement cuts with planned cuts to leave.

Deep cuts to federal benefits in latest WH budget

The White House renewed pushes to cut federal retirement benefits and pay, move away from the general schedule and transfer workforce functions away from the government's central personnel agency.

Effort to centralize payroll system gets $20m funding boost

The Technology Management Fund is close to maxing out after a $20.7 million award to GSA's NewPay software-as-a-service payroll modernization.

IG report: GSA allowing Trump to violate constitution with lease

A watchdog report asserts that General Services Administration lawyers gave possible emoluments clause violations the short shrift in a review of President Trump's hotel lease.