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Feds say telework increases productivity

A survey of feds finds 62 percent say that with telework, productivity increased "a lot," adding weight to other studies indicating similar gains.

APWU, allies slam slow mail plan

This year, the Postal Service issued a 10 year plan that top management says would cut financial losses, at a cost of acceptable slowdowns in service. Critics, ranging from the largest postal labor union to a mix of lawmakers, argue to the contrary: the plan would gut the centuries-old national trust and its future viability.

Unions seek new SSA contract, press Biden to fire holdovers

Organized labor at the Social Security Administration is unhappy with the pace of new policies and union leaders are pushing for the ouster of SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul, who was appointed by President Trump to a six-year term and cannot easily be fired.

MSPB: Bill to revive board advances

Legislation that would authorize the Merit Systems Protection Board for the next half-decade was approved in congressional committee this week, giving hope to feds that the long-crippled appeals panel might soon be back in business.

Covid: Fewer hires than expected

Fewer separations, not hiring spikes, drove 2020 growth in number of federal employees.

Report: OPM surveys H.R. skills gaps

A new survey from OPM aims to help close skills gaps at H.R. departments across the federal government.

The small federal office at the heart of Biden's equity agenda

A civil service office tucked inside the Labor Department is gearing up to play an outsized part in the Biden administration's work on racial equity.

Board adds new training head, board members

Melanie Kyle Gingrich will take over training daily operations for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body as the vice president of training and development.

Biden chooses employment lawyer to lead MSPB

The Merit Systems Protection Board has been without Senate-confirmed leadership since March 2019 and without a quorum to decide appeals since January 2017.

Fed job satisfaction jumped during pandemic

The survey documents the rapid change to teleworking postures in government under the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPM nominee talks telework, retirement

Kiran Ahuja, a veteran of the Office of Personnel Management, told lawmakers that she thinks that the lack of consistent leadership in the top position at OPM has taken a toll on the ability of the agency to complete longer term IT modernization projects.

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.

Top House Dems push Young for budget director

The House Speaker her and top lieutenants are pressing for the nomination of Shalanda Young to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

OMB deputy nominee appears to be easy confirmation

While Neera Tanden's nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget is in peril, it looks like Shalanda Young will have an smooth path to confirmation as the agency's number two official.

Kiran Ahuja to lead OPM

The former Office of Personnel Management chief of staff is slated to return to lead the federal government's human resources agency.

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.

Bill aims to close retirement loophole for federal first responders

Sponsors say the legislation is needed to allow federal first responders to access their retirement benefits if they are injured on the job.