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Sherkiya Wedgeworth

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Sherkiya Wedgeworth is managing editor of FederalSoup.com.

Grants help with childcare, homeschooling for soldiers

The U.S. Army is now offering financial assistance that will help more soldiers with childcare and remote learning expenses caused by the pandemic.

Union deal expands childcare subsidy to more NSF employees

A collaboration between a local chapter of largest federal employees union and the National Science Foundation will allow more NSF employees in the nation’s capital to take advantage of valuable child care subsidy.

Survey examines difference in military benefits of retirees vs. non-retirees

While veterans are technically considered those who served honorably in the active duty military for at least 20 years, are receiving military-retiree pay or have been medically retired, there are also those who left service before retirement and do not receive the same level of benefits as those who did.

Lawmakers urge OPM to grant leave for vaccinations

Members of Congress who have high federal employee populations joined together to pen a letter to the Office of Personnel Management requesting that federal employees receive time off to get vaccinated.

California lawmaker wants to cut DOD workforce

As part of an effort to create a more efficient civilian workforce at the Defense Department, one lawmaker wants to reduce the size of the agency.

DOD to overhaul transgender service member policies

Over the next two months, the Department of Defense will work with both senior civilian and military leaders to reform policies put in place under the last administration that banned transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. military.

DHS tells agencies to be on alert, protect employees

In light of the deadly riots at the U.S. Capital last month, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to the heads of federal agencies that government employees and facilities may be a target for a continuance in violence and domestic terrorism.

WH plans to veto NDAA bill that includes expanded leave benefits for feds

The Office of Management and Budget this week released a statement officially notifying Congress that it plans to veto a bill that includes a provision that aims to strengthen paid parental leave for federal employees.

DOD extends telework flexibility through summer

In support of efforts and best practices to help the Department of Defense minimize risk to its civilian personnel and their families, DOD employees may continue to telework with a child or family dependent at home, the agency recently announced.

Salary council: Feds earnings not comparable to private sector

Federal employees earn about 20 percent less than those in the private sector performing similar jobs, the Federal Salary Council reported at its annual meeting this week.

Social Security: Lawmakers propose increase for 2021

In response to the Social Security Administration approving a cost-of-living adjustment increase of just over 1 percent for 2021, two lawmakers have introduced emergency legislation calling for a higher income boost for beneficiaries, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPM pauses all agency diversity training programs

The Office of Personnel has put all diversity training and inclusion programs in the executive branch on hold pending a compliance review.

Bill aims to protect feds' accrued PTO

A group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced legislation that would allow federal workers to carry over their leave during a future pandemic.

OPM reminds feds of voting flexibilities

As the 2020 presidential election nears, federal employees and managers have been reminded of longstanding policies that ensure they get time off from work to cast their vote if needed.

OPM reminds feds of voting flexibilities

As the 2020 presidential election nears, federal employees and managers have been reminded of longstanding policies that ensure they get time off from work to cast their vote if needed.

USPS opts out of tax deferral program

The U.S. Postal Service announced this week that it would not be implementing President Trump's controversial payroll tax deferral plan for its employees.

Report: Fewer than 1 percent of feds disciplined for time, attendance misconduct

An investigation into time and attendance misconduct in the federal workforce found that very few federal employees have been disciplined for fraud at some of the largest agencies, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers: Feds are ‘pawns’ in tax deferral plan

While some federal employees may be looking forward to larger paychecks in coming weeks, others are not, and more than 20 senators are asking that the mandatory payroll tax deferral be optional.

IRS orders nearly all employees to 'evacuate' work sites

In response to the growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service has updated its telework guidance to extend it to nearly all employees.

Fingerprinting, other background check requirements eased for new hires

As many companies providing fingerprint services across the country are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Personnel Management has loosened its background check rules in order to continue to hiring new employees.