GSA announces travel per diem rates, and more

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Top GSA buildings official discusses future of federal offices

“Right now, what I think the opportunity is is to have fewer buildings and better buildings,” the Public Buildings Service commissioner told lawmakers. 

Three options for FBI’s long-awaited new HQ still on the table

The General Services Administration briefed lawmakers on this last week.

NDAA cyber reserve proposal revised

The plan has been revised with labor in mind, but a federal employee union still has concerns about a permanent National Digital Reserve Corps at the General Services Administration (GSA).

GSA launches new Digital Corps

The General Services Administration is gearing up to begin a new service. The first cohort of the program, which launches in the fall, will focus on pandemic response, the economy, cybersecurity and streamlining government services.

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.