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Report: Vaccinations up, but DOD won’t require employees to disclose

The Department of Defense has administered almost 3,140,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to servicemembers, employees and other “eligible beneficiaries” via its own inoculation program, according to DOD—and, like other feds, still more in the department have obtained protection from outside providers.

Tax Day 2021 is here...

The IRS is reminding all individual filers that today—Monday, May 17—is the deadline on tax returns for tax year 2020, or put in for an extension. The extraordinary extension from mid-April was implemented to help ease the challenge posed by COVID.

Honoring Feds: Foreign Service event celebrates workforce, honors the fallen

The purpose of the Foreign Service is to promote peace and protect Americans and American interests abroad. At present, the U.S. has over 15,000 Foreign Service officers under several agencies, the largest portion with the State Department. Many thousands of dedicated civil servants who have done the necessary work of these positions, over the years, have served in difficult assignments—and more than a few have lost their lives.

Report: Pandemic led nearly 60 percent of feds to daily telework

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned workplaces worldwide upside-down, shuttering crowded office centers and shifting thousands of workers to telework—shaking up decades-long patterns in which a physical commute separated home life and work.

WH raises minimum wage for fed contractors

The White House, in a new Executive Order, acted this week to ensure that federal contractors pay workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

New survey will give insight on fed workforce competencies

This month, OPM announced the kickoff of its Federal Workforce Competency Initiative (FWCI), a random survey of federal employees aimed at gathering data on the federal workforce and its competencies. A sample of feds across a wide range of agencies will receive the FWCI.

OPM extends COVID special hiring authority

As of this week, COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 in the U.S., and it continues to sharply impede economic activities, including disrupting normal federal recruitment and hiring.

Opinion: Fed workforce reforms should focus on pay system

After perhaps the White House most committed to tearing up the federal employment rule book—that is, existing workplace merit principles, laws and regulations—the new Biden administration has halted that push, and aims to reverse such recent changes.

Dangerous official vehicles? Bill aims to protect feds, the public

Does your federal job involve using a government vehicle? If so, if you want to be safe behind the wheel, you might need to do more than just fasten your seat belt.

Lawmakers examine White House pot policy

The White House has fired at least five staffers after their disclosure of previous marijuana use and some lawmakers urging the White House to clarify its policies and take into account a growing nationwide movement supporting legal pot.

Court overturns MSPB rule on performance-based removals

The appeals court ruling changes decades of precedent to require agencies to justify the placement of an employee on a performance improvement plan in the event that they appeal their removal.

Scammers are using fake fed IDs to extort funds

Scammers of many kinds are increasingly often using fake federal employee IDs to help them carry out their ripoff schemes.

WH: Order gives feds time off for voting

The White House has issued an executive order calling for agencies to give employees time off for voting.

OPM revives Presidential Rank Awards

For more than 40 years, top-performing feds have been recognized by the annual Presidential Rank Awards.

Challenge ahead: Rebuilding civil service

Surveys, news stories and other telling reports issued in recent years have laid bare a troubling reality: ​that key parts of the federal civil service are low on personnel—and morale.

Hatch Act: Recent cases remind feds to keep work free of politics

In recent years, a wave of violations of that Hatch Act has come into view, an this week, the Office of Special Counsel has moved on meting out discipline to a handful of serious violators.

DOD to overhaul transgender service member policies

Over the next two months, the Department of Defense will work with both senior civilian and military leaders to reform policies put in place under the last administration that banned transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. military.