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View the March 7, 2022 issue as a PDF

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Wanted: Even more telework

COVID has exposed old weaknesses, and created new ones, a major federal employee leader says, in the federal government's workforce recruiting and retention. More telework and flexible schedules can help address the problems. But other improvements, in compensation and paid family leave, are also needed.

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Feds give to good causes

GivingTuesday, the annual day of federal employee gifting of time and money to charity, has passed. But the Combined Federal Campaign, which runs through Jan. 15, 2022, is reminding feds there is still time to join in.

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Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of December 6, 2021.

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WH: Vax mandate enforcement delayed

As the deadline for feds to either get vaccinated or apply for an exception came on Nov. 22, the White House instructed federal agencies to provide counseling and extra time, and to put off enforcement until early January.

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Union backs bill to ease backlog

NTEU, the union representing employees at the beleaguered and underfunded IRS, see reform possibilities in the current version of the Build Back Better bill pending in Congress.

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Bill: Sex harass protection

Employees of the federal courts—the judicial branch of our government—currently are inadequately protected from on-the-job sexual harassment. Advocates and their allies on Capitol Hill are joining in raising awareness, and pressing for passing reform legislation on the issue.

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Shutdown avoided—again

A CR passed in Congress just in time again, preventing a government shutdown despite an effort by a small group of lawmakers to hold up passage. But federal employee organizations are revealing their fatigue in the face of this chaotic, recurring routine.

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Unions: Delay fed vax deadline

Federal employee unions are objecting to the Biden administration's Nov. 22 vaccination deadline for feds, and are asking for that date to be pushed into January.

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Feds: Tighten cybersecurity

A majority of feds in the cyber field queried in a recent survey think they do a better job than their private-sector counterparts. Before that stat leads you to jump to conclusions that feds think all is well in the computer security world, take note: A far larger majority of feds say that government must do much more to protect data and computer networks.

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Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of November 15, 2021.

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Feds—It's Open Season!

Feds: Open Season ends on Monday, Dec. 13, at midnight. Make sure you've done your research, and chosen your health insurance and related options for 2022.

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Contractor vax deadline on hold

A federal appeals court put a stay on the White House-led OSHA regulations, which had called for larger private-sector companies to require either COVID vaccinations or weekly testing.

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GAO: COVID safety improving

Many improvements have been made in current and future workplace health and reentry information collection and plans, according to a GAO report finds, in wake of a White House order last year instructing the COVID Task Force to review the situation.

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Bill to end WEP penalty?

Legislation is pending on Capitol Hill that would rescind the current WEP penalty, a penalty that reduces federal retirement checks. Federal employee advocates are applauding the proposal.

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Letter: Feds, report back!

A group of lawmakers has signed a letter, pressing the Biden administration to bring more of the federal workforce back to its pre-pandemic offices and worksites, given complaints of continued reduced government "responsiveness" to the public and businesses.

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Unions welcome WH support

Federal employee unions are praising a recent White House announcement pressing agencies to better inform feds of their collective bargaining and other labor rights.