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Nathan Abse

Nathan Abse writes for Federal Employees News Digest and covers special-focus topics for Federal Daily.

Feds join in remembering MLK

On this national holiday weekend, feds are joining people across America and the world in honoring the life and achievements of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Employee Policy

Feds mark Jan. 6 with sorrow, condemnation

Federal employees and their union representatives remembered last year's violent riot that tried to stop the constitutionally mandated congressional certification of electoral votes.

Employee Policy

Workplace COVID safety weakened, just as omicron hits

An interim health care workplace coronavirus protection standard has been allowed to expire, and employees and their representatives want protection reinstated—now.

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COVID, muddled Congress weigh on fed morale

With a year-end spike in COVID an added stress to inflation and partisan division across the country, Nathan Abse interviews civil service expert Kenneth Warren on the state of federal employee morale.

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Debt-ceiling deal averts steep losses for retirees

Congress, barely ahead of the deadline, voted to raise the federal debt ceiling. If the vote had failed, the retirement savings of millions of Americans—including feds—could have been threatened, according to the National Association of Plan Advisors.

Employee Policy

Union: Some wins, some compromises in NDAA

The National Federation of Federal Employees is taking a victory lap for changing a much-derided two-year probationary period for some new employees back to one year.

Retirement

Debt-ceiling deal averts steep losses for retirees

Had Congress not acted to lift the federal government’s debt ceiling limit, it would potentially threaten the retirement savings of millions of Americans, according to the National Association of Plan Advisors.

Employee Policy

Feds provide crucial help in tornado disaster

Federal agencies and employees have been stepping up to support state and local officials assisting with recovery from the massive storm.

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Postal unions rebut red ink stories

Postal unions are pushing back against news stories that uncritically accept USPS management's story of financial losses across its massive delivery operations. Labor leaders are reminding lawmakers and the public that distorted accounting, impossible future retiree obligations and other congressionally-manufactured burdens leads to these false stories, all of which can be fixed only if the White House and lawmakers get together to pass pending reform legislation.

Employee Policy

COVID: It's Deadline Day for feds

The Nov. 22 deadline for federal employees to either be vaccinated or obtain a valid exemption finally has arrived, and the Biden administration is touting strong compliance across the government.

Employee Policy

Postal union pushes back on "red ink" story

Postal worker labor organizations are again pushing back against reports of financial losses across the massive delivery operation—reminding the public that the numbers are distorted by "faulty" accounting over impossible future retiree costs and other issues, all of which can only be remedied by the White House and Congress.

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Feds receive Service to America Awards

This year's annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America awards (better known as the “Sammies”) brings special recognition to a slew of high-achieving feds, with several heroes involved in the fight against COVID honored.

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Bill to protect feds abroad advances

Last week, a bill passed in Congress that should significantly strengthen U.S. law governing the protection of American federal officers abroad. The Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act is set to add significant safeguards for our people as they fight drugs, human trafficking and terror in countries other than the U.S.

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Study: Federal agencies resilient, doing "fine"

Much has been studied and written about the damage done in recent years to the federal civil service, its morale and attractiveness to new recruits. And there is very real evidence of trouble, especially at certain agencies. But a new study finds, for the most part, the opposite is true: Federal agencies and the workforce are remarkably resilient.

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Let's cut vet suicides

The RAND Corporation recently presented testimony indicating that faster collection and publication of data, and associated research, could reduce a horrendous toll of suicide among veterans. Currently, an average of 17 vets take their own lives each day.

Employee Policy

Better, faster research could cut vet suicides

About 17 veterans take their own lives every day, a far higher toll than occurred in America's most recent wars. The think tank RAND Corporation recently presented testimony suggesting that faster collection and publication of data, and associated research, could be used to reduce these horrific losses.

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Shutdown avoided—narrowly

Congress avoided causing a governmentwide shutdown, with barely a day left to spare before deadline passing a continuing resolution that will keep agencies running through Dec. 3.

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Retirement: A practical and emotional decision

This week FEND looked for insights on current trends in retirement—for example, the current surge of people leaving their careers early—and we sought advice on retirement from Robin Ryan. Ryan is a long-time Forbes magazine reporter and Wall Street Journal-bestselling author specializing in employment and retirement issues. She has written voluminously, offering clear-eyed advice on the workplace, careers and retirement.

Employee Policy

Shutdown averted, but feds criticize chaos

Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 3, just in time to avoid a shutdown.

Employee Policy

Fed orgs, unions hope to avert shutdown

Major federal employee unions and advocacy organizations are pressing Congress to get on with passing a spending bill before the Thursday night deadline, to avoid the chaos of a shutdown that still looms over federal agencies and the whole country.