Legislation

Democrats work to shape post-Trump workforce policy

Democrats in Congress are considering legislation on multiple workforce fronts, including the issue of limiting the president's authority to remake the civil service via executive order.

Will Schedule F return?

As it stands, future presidents could re-create Schedule F with more exemptions from the civil service, a power that the courts and the Congress have the power to change.

COVID package includes paid leave for feds

A provision from the House Oversight and Reform Committee would give feds 600 hours – or 15 weeks – of emergency paid leave to recover from COVID-19 or manage dependents whose care has been upended by the health crisis.

Bill looks to overhaul tech unemployment benefits

The $500 million bill would pay for the Department of Labor to help develop new benefits technology capabilities to share with states and to establish a digital services team to develop and maintain the tech.

Dems look to expand workplace protections to TSA workers

The bill would move all TSA employees into Title 5 of the U.S. Code, with pay conforming to the general schedule and collective bargaining rights.

Sen. Peters takes over committee reviewing workforce priorities

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will be faced with oversight responsibilities over the SolarWinds hack, the federal government's response to the pandemic and with legislation to implement the Biden administration's priorities for the federal workforce.

Connolly again offers pay hike bill

If passed, the bill would give feds a raise of an average 3.2%.

NTEU seeks to block Schedule F with lawsuit

The government has until January 15 to respond to the National Treasury Employees Union's lawsuit seeking the blockage of the new employee classification.

Senate passes NDAA bill

Lawmakers in the House and Senate passed the annual defense bill by margins sufficient to override a presidential veto but some Republican may decide to switch their votes if President Trump decides to reject the bill for reasons unrelated to national security.

What are the next steps for COVID in IT workforce?

It's time to start talking about the next steps we need to take to ensure that our IT infrastructure and tools can continue to support the remote workers, while providing state-of-the-art, timely customer service

Stopgap spending bill passes

The current appropriations bills are set to expire on Oct. 1; the bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

Feds over certain salary spared from tax deferral

Roughly 60 percent of the more than 2 million federal employees will be impacted by the tax deferral plan established by the president that would result in reduced paychecks at the beginning of the year.

Agencies encouraged to review, update employee awards plans

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management have released new guidance on how agencies should reward high performing employees.

No language about pay raise in panel spending bill

The version of a House subcommittee 2018 appropriations bill does not include language contesting a 1.9 percent pay raise proposed by the Trump Administration earlier this year.

House Republicans write letter in support of protecting fed pay, pensions

A group of nine Republicans has written a letter to House leadership announcing that they will not support cuts to the government’s retirement system that are included in the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal.

New bill makes changes to TSP

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on June 23 introduced legislation that would allow federal employees to make multiple age-based and post-separation withdrawals from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts.

Bill would expand VA advanced nurses' scope of practice

The sponsor of legislation that would grant registered nurse practitioners the right to practice independently at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities promoted his bill this week before a Senate panel.