Phase one of the Energy Department’s reopening plan for headquarters facilities in the national capital region will involves 3.7% of its 7,000-person workforce. Those employees will return June 8, while the rest will continue to telework.
The Agriculture Department is finalizing a new performance management system, which will move employees from a five-tier system to a “pass-fail” program. The new policy, which USDA plans to roll out Oct. 1, will allow supervisors to reward employees for specific mission accomplishments throughout the year, the agency said.
Masks aren’t required at Office of Personnel Management facilities, and employees with limited transportation or dependent care options will be “encouraged” to telework throughout phases one and two of the agency’s reopening plan.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) accused the Trump administration of politicizing the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which recently deferred plans to move the international fund to a new, China-inclusive index.
Workforce changes may be coming soon to two subcomponents at the Department of Homeland Security, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, where more than half of its employees could face furloughs without emergency supplemental funding from Congress.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said VA’s supply of masks and personal protective equipment is stronger and at a more comfortable place today than it was at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, when austerity measures were in place for employees.
Though one in seven federal employees have said they’ve experienced sexual harassment at work in recent years, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights believes cases are vastly under-reported, due to an outdated and confusing reporting process that does little to protect or incentivize employees to come forward.
Agencies, and Congress, are leaving tens of billions of dollars on the table by failing to address fragmentation, overlap and duplication in government programs and functions, the Government Accountability Office said.
Reopening plans for the Interior and Energy Departments describe upcoming changes to their own telework, leave and screening policies. The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to initiate reopening plans for its facilities in Seattle, Atlanta and Lenexa, Kansas.
A four-fold increase in telework capacity, as well as a new chat bot and data visualization tool, are all helping the Department of Veterans Affairs respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) celebrated a big birthday last Friday, but there are few federal participants left in the government’s once signature pension plan.
The pandemic has shown federal and industry leaders in the intelligence community: the nature of classified work may be ripe for change.
Under the Agriculture Department’s reopening plan, subcomponent agencies and mission areas should provide masks and face coverings for their employees returning to the office.
The American Federation of Government Employees is seeking immediate injunctive relief in its lawsuit against the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which may soon weigh in on the union’s collective bargaining disputes with the Department of Veterans Affairs.