Policy

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.

Shutdown averted, as Senate follows House to fund government through Dec. 11

The Senate joined the House in passing a stopgap spending bill—avoiding a looming shutdown and further disruption to a country already roiled by the deadly and economy-wrecking COVID pandemic and turbulent election season.

Federal judge rules USPS must implement overtime policy

This week, a federal judge reconfirmed that the U.S. Postal Service must authorize overtime in order to meet mail service demands for the upcoming election.

OPM: Temp STEM posts should stretch to 10-year terms

The Office of Personnel Management has proposed a new rule that, in some instances, would permit agencies to hire new temp employees to dramatically longer terms.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers: Feds are ‘pawns’ in tax deferral plan

While some federal employees may be looking forward to larger paychecks in coming weeks, others are not, and more than 20 senators are asking that the mandatory payroll tax deferral be optional.

Report: $2T COVID-19 relief law will help feds at work, and at home

The latest emergency coronavirus measure—promising $2 trillion in added federal spending and direct injection of dollars into the economy—offers specific help and workplace safeguards targeted directly at federal employees and retirees. The bill passed Friday and was sent to President Trump for a promised signature.

Cabaniss confirmed to lead OPM

The former head of the Federal Labor Relations Authority was approved to take over the top human resources job in government, ending almost a year of acting leadership.

Maryland lawmaker: OPM-GSA merger will not happen

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the administration’s controversial plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration “is simply ‘not going to happen.

CBO says no sequestration needed for FY 2019

Although the Office of Management and Budget makes the final decision on whether federal agencies will face a sequestration, the Congressional Budget Office has determined that such cuts will not be needed for the end of fiscal year 2019.

New bill would require agencies to track how well they provide services to the public

This week, Nathan Abse interviewed Kristine Simmons, Partnership for Public Services's vice president for government relations, about the Federal Agency Customer Experience Act of 2019.

Senator’s ‘Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act’ bill advances

A Senate oversight committee has advanced a bill that would prohibit federal agencies from giving bonuses to employees who have committed major infractions under an agency’s code of conduct.

Some agencies, workers still feeling effects of shutdown

Six months after the end of the federal government's longest partial shutdown, some federal employees, agencies and government contractors are still feeling its effects.

Report: Challenging recent workforce EOs decision could take months, years

Labor leaders are expected in coming weeks to ask for a review of the decision by a federal appeals court to reinstate President Trump’s controversial workforce executive orders that weaken feds’ collective bargaining rights, but such requests are rarely granted and the examinations could take several years,

OPM encourages telework during heat wave

The Office of Personnel Management released a new memo asking agency leaders to be mindful of the potential dangers of high temperatures being experienced in recent days by employees across the Midwest and the East coast.

Bill gives vets a break during bankruptcy proceedings

New legislation that recently passed the House will protect the financial security of veterans who receive disability benefits and may be experiencing financial hardship.

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.

Fed paid family leave passes in House

The House Defense authorization bill, which contains a provision that would permit federal employees to move from taking unpaid family leave to taking paid family leave, passed the House of Representatives.