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Report unearths new concerns about DHS IG Cuffari’s past

A new investigative report explores some recently discovered potholes along the Department of Homeland Security IG's career path—questionable actions that occurred long before his failure to explain or rectify the disappearance of Jan. 6 2021 Secret Service texts.

Retirement

COLAs: Insurance analyst touts 'chained CPI'—but unions, workers orgs remain opposed

There are many ways to calculate a consumer price index, which in turn guide COLAs and raises. The various routes continue to spark controversy.

Employee Policy

Labor Day: Employee orgs celebrate record popularity

This holiday weekend—with its beginnings staked out to recognize working people over a century ago—the federal employee unions that have been integral to improved working conditions and organization are touting their rising popularity across society and agencies—and encouraging more feds to become full members.

Employee Policy

Report: Archives staff endure former president’s wrath

A recent piece covers some of the many trouble spots NARA employees have encountered in retrieving and managing records from the former Trump WH.

Employee Policy

Employee and vet orgs slam VA, citing dismal survey results

In recent survey, VA healthcare providers and their patients are both sharply critical of agency's staffing decisions.

Employee Policy

RTO: The Biden administration’s mixed signals

A recent report looks at the many considerations in play in the "return-to-office" process facing federal agencies, with different forces pushing and pulling on management and employees.

Employee Policy

More than 800 USDA employees join AFGE

The huge wave joining the union had suffered as geographically scattered remote IT workers, and hope to benefit from the organization's representation.

Employee Policy

Report: If Trump returns, so too could Schedule F

For feds, the danger of a far less advantageous system for public service jobs looms.

Employee Policy

Court reconsiders WH authority on fed contractor vax mandate

A federal appeals court is once again weighing in on the president's COVID vaccine mandate for contractors.

Government’s image slips—but org sees remedies

A recent paper from a nonprofit offers solutions to the erosion of trust in government.

Retirement

NARFE: For retirement, document all civilian and military work credits

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is hosting an upcoming online event that will help you to safeguard your full retirement.

Employee Policy

Occupational health org hits 50—and fights on for employee safety

OSHA was founded with the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act. But individual councils, each known as a COSH, of workers, health organizations and allied groups took off in 1972, and ensured that the new agency and its regulations were able to take effect on the ground.

Retirement

DOD spotlights Army civilian retirement tools

The Department of Defense is reminding civilian employees to learn well in advance about how to maximize their retirement—and that consulting one of many informational aids and tools on its websites is a great place to start.

Public Service Recognition Week 2022

Public Service Recognition Week this year, running from May 1-7, brings moments of appreciation to millions of public employees of all stripes.

Employee Policy

Feds to get paid leave time to vote

A few hours of paid time off, to cast your vote and to do non-partisan poll work, will be allowed.

Ukrainians flee bombs and bullets: Want to help?

With no signs of a ceasefire, Ukrainian civilians continue to flee for bordering countries. Feds, we offer for your consideration this list of worthy charities. Right now, they feed, clothe and treat for wounds those lucky enough—mostly women, children and the elderly—to get out alive from under a continuing hail of Russian bombs.

Benefits

Feds, do you need help with tuition?

Hurry—the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), which offers substantial cash to feds and their families for educational purposes, will soon close out the application process for 2022.

Pay

Unions: Thumbs up for funding bill's passage, down for repeated near-shutdowns

Passage of the bill funding the government brings relief from fed unions,—but near-shutdowns need to become a thing of the past, please.