Hiring and Firing Policies

Trump pushes agencies to review, reduce foreign hires on federal contracts

The White House this week ordered all agencies to review their procedures to ensure that federal contractors employ U.S. nationals ahead of foreign workers.

Trump fires TVA chairman over foreign contractors

The federally owned power company is rethinking plans to fire its internal IT staff and shift to managed services in light of Trump's intervention and a new executive order on federal contracting.

Agencies need younger, more experienced hackers

Federal agencies could do much to improve their cybersecurity talent pool if they moved away from restrictive General Schedule hiring practices and were more open to bringing on younger candidates, according to Chris Krebs, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

OPM’s draft hiring changes expected Aug. 21

The Office of Personnel Management plans to issue draft changes to General Schedule qualification policies by Aug. 21, to eliminate "unnecessary obstacles" to federal employment by focusing on skill assessments over credentials like college degrees.

Whistleblower ‘dissent channels’ aren’t working, watchdog says

Although some employees can file complaints without fear of reprisal, many see dissent channels as useless or worse, a new report finds.

Esper calls out DOD’s lax security culture

In a July 20 memo to all DOD personnel, Secretary Mark Esper reminded staff that unclassified information is not publicly releasable until it is approved for release.

Senior execs detail OPM modernization tactics

The Senior Executives Association, which represents members of the Senior Executive Service and other federal mangers, is looking for sweeping changes to the government's human resources organization and practice.

Union pleads for USCIS funding as furloughs loom

The union that represents many of the 13,000 immigration employees facing furloughs backed the agency's push for emergency supplemental funding.

AI commission floats idea of digital service academy

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence has suggested establishing a national digital service academy to train technical talent.

Senior execs detail OPM modernization tactics

As part of a plan to revitalize federal employment, the Senior Executives Association is looking to take the government's top human resources official out of the political fray with a 5- to 8-year appointment.

Esper calls out DOD’s culture of insufficient operations security

In a move to tighten operations security (OPSEC) and better protect national security and the safety of warfighters, the Defense Department is reminding employees not to disclose non-public information.

OPM stonewalls probe of possible civil service violations, IG says

The Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management says the agency is not cooperating with a look at potential civil service law violations.

Trump taps HUD official to lead OPM

The candidate to serve as the nation's top human resources official has a background in computer science and software development, and a controversial record as a conservative commentator.

USPS’ solvency plans eliminate overtime, may delay mail delivery

At a meeting in Ohio, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy outlined his plans to bring the Postal Service back to solvency, including elimination of overtime -- even if it means the mail is not delivered on time.

Biden details his position on federal workers’ rights

In his answers to an AFGE questionnaire, former Vice President Joe Biden outlined his views on collective bargaining, federal employee pay and benefits, furloughs and discrimination.

Boosting VA pay is key to retention, Wilkie says

A new law allows the VA to increase pay for certain high-level officials, an authority vital to attracting and keeping talent, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

DHS expands insider threat program

The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its insider threat program to go beyond scrutinizing individual with access to classified materials to encompassing "all those with past or current access to DHS facilities, information, equipment, networks, or systems."