Jobs and Careers

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.

Judge blocks parts of workforce order

A nationwide injunction blocks sections of the order that apply to contractors and grant recipients, including a hotline created for employees to report training materials.

Union: Damage suit deadline for those hit by 2018 shutdown

The federal government, right now, feels to many stuck in a suspended state—as the span between Election Day and Inauguration Day is one of conflict, not graceful forward movement.

GSA seeks air, energy fixes for fed buildings

The federal government’s workplace management agency—the General Services Administration—has announced it is seeking to hear from vendors who can design, build and retrofit workspaces to improve energy efficiency and cleaner indoor air.