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Lia Russell

Lia Russell is a former staff writer and associate editor at FCW.
Employee Policy

USCIS pushes off planned furloughs

A top appropriator vows to address potential future furloughs in next COVID-related legislative package.

Employee Policy

OPM stonewalls probe of possible civil service violations, IG says

The Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management says the agency is not cooperating with a look at potential civil service law violations.


House-passed NDAA expands paid leave benefit to excluded feds, bans TikTok

Title 38 employees working at the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and Federal Aviation Administration were not included in the original bill that established the benefit.

Employee Policy

Senate bill calls for online Plum Book

The measure looks to require more frequent updates of the directory of political appointees.


Senators cite USCIS surplus in request to postpone furloughs

The immigration agency is now set to end FY2020 with surplus, and two Senate appropriators are asking for a pause on furloughs while Congress negotiates supplemental funding to offset 2021 shortfalls.

Employee Policy

Senator asks agencies to publicly share reopening plans

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich) sent letters to 24 agencies on July 14 asking them to release details of any contingency plans they had for ensuring employees’ safety after health concerns due to COVID-19 forced large numbers of government employees to work remotely.


House committee passes DHS spending bill, boosts USCIS funding

Passage comes a day after union leaders warned about impacts of looming USCIS furloughs.


10 House members urge 3% pay raise for civilian feds

Citing pay parity and COVID-19 resiliency, lawmakers urge Appropriations Committee to rethink planned 1% increase.

Employee Policy

FLRA rule allows feds to opt-out of union dues

Unions blast decision to allow workers to discontinue their payments at outside the traditional annual "window."

Employee Policy

House FY21 funding bill blocks OPM-GSA merger and empowers unions

The House Appropriations Committee's Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee's bill would codify language to block merging the Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration -- an administration goal that has drawn opposition from congressional Democratic leaders.

Biden pledges to roll back Trump’s workforce policies

The Democratic candidate pledges to appropriate permanent funding to feds in case of another shutdown.

Employee Policy

Immigration judges' union sues Justice Department

The National Association of Immigration Judges is suing the Department of Justice over restrictions that cover public speaking about immigration issues.

Employee Policy

High court rules president can remove CFPB director

Chief Justice John Roberts writes that the single-director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection is virtually unprecedented and violates separation of powers doctrine.

Employee Policy

Successful pandemic-response strategies should continue

Government employees and some lawmakers are hoping to make COVID-driven operational changes, such as teleworking and accelerated hiring processes, last beyond the pandemic.

Employee Policy

Trump nominates controversial Land Management official for permanent director

William Perry Pendley oversaw the bureau’s move from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colo.

Employee Policy

Union pushes back on EPA reopening plans

The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing ahead with plans to reopen its Washington, D.C., headquarters office despite broad opposition from its biggest union.

Employee Policy

Judge OKs union's challenge of Impasses Panel

A federal labor union can go ahead with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the composition of the Federal Services Impasses Panel, a judge ruled June 22.

Employee Policy

Pandemic oversight group details watchdog challenges

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee described issues with conducting oversight of federal agencies who received CARES Act funding and protecting the physical safety of employees whose work did not allow them to perform their duties remotely.