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Chase Gunter

Chase Gunter is a former FCW staff writer.

Thrift Savings Plan sees uptick

TSP users are adopting two-factor authentication, with few opt-outs, officials said.

VA taps its workforce for customer service innovation

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to improve customer experience by changing its culture and tapping its own workforce for innovative ideas.

Will new cyber workforce order solve the retention problem?

The new cyber workforce executive order looks to make it easier for employees to take on cybersecurity roles within government, but agency IT officials point out the measure has its limitations.

DOD moves employee training to OPM program

The Department of Defense is moving the management of its training courses to the Office of Personnel Management and the government's centralized learning and development program.

HHS prepares to finalize collective bargaining agreement

Following months of contract talk breakdowns, public protests and grievances, the Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to finalize its collective bargaining agreement before week's end over objections from the federal union representing its employees.

OMB issues new shared services model for agencies

The Trump administration rolled out a new shared services plan to try to reduce duplicative back office functions and prod agencies to adopt government-wide solutions.

MSPB seeks to bypass WH budget request

To address its massive and growing backlog, the panel that reviews federal workplace complaints is asking to "bypass" the White House's budget request.

GAO’s new science and technology office to double its staff size

The Government Accountability Office's new science and technology wing plans to double its staff size and take on a much broader role in the IT modernization and emerging tech space.

HHS looking for new IT hires

The Department of Health and Human Services is teaming up with the US Digital Service to hire for IT roles to advance health care modernization.

White House: Workforce order cases should be heard by FLRA

Union attorneys were surprised by government arguments in a court of appeals that their objections to three executive orders on workforce issues should have been brought to Federal Labor Relations Authority rather than to federal court.

Hardship withdrawals from TSP increased during shutdown

The 35-day government shutdown saw an extraordinary level of hardship withdrawals from federal retirement plans, but with the spike over, the agency that manages the plans is turning its attention to budgetary and legislative activity.

White House pushes OPM-GSA merger

The White House budget proposed moving ahead with the administration’s reorganization plan to fold the Office of Personnel Management into the General Services Administration, and is exploring what can be done without congressional approval.

OPM: Pay raise coming soon

Acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert said that the pay raise approved by lawmakers in the most recent appropriations package will hit paychecks after "exceedingly legalistic" hurdles are cleared.

Cuts to federal retirement, pay freeze part of new budget proposal

The White House's fiscal year 2020 budget adds to a previously proposed pay freeze and retirement cuts with planned cuts to leave.

Deep cuts to federal benefits in latest WH budget

The White House renewed pushes to cut federal retirement benefits and pay, move away from the general schedule and transfer workforce functions away from the government's central personnel agency.

$19M HR contract for CBP results in just 36 hires in two years

Lawmakers pressed Accenture Federal Services over a $300 million contract to build a hiring system for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Unions push back on workforce changes

Much of the legislative wish list for one of the federal government's largest unions consists of fighting against workforce changes proposed in the first two years of the Trump administration.

MSPB officially operating with no appointed members

At midnight March 1, the Merit Systems Protection Board will be in unprecedented territory: without a single appointed member.

1.9 percent pay raise likely included in funding bill

A long-sought 1.9 percent pay raise appears to be packaged in appropriations bills to keep the government fully open for the rest of the fiscal year. Back pay for contractors, however, was dropped from the compromise package.

House wants to know if free work from feds is legal

A House panel is probing the legal gray area of excepted operations during a lapse in appropriations.