On a the heels of Sunshine Week, a new study from the Government Accountability Office points to a variety of examples where agencies could improve compliance with their own ethics programs and shed light on basic information about executive branch political appointees.
Several members of Congress have declared the President’s proposed cuts to federal employee retirement “dead on arrival,” while at least one Republican has expressed more of an interest in developing a new system for prospective employees.
The backlog of pending security clearances and other matters at the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) is down more than 25 percent from its record-high nearly a year ago. The backlog today stands at 541,000 investigations, NBIB Director Charlie Phalen said.
As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to implement a new version of its community care program, lawmakers will also debate whether VA is spending too much on private care at the expense of other agency priorities.
Many civilian agencies, with the exception of the Departments of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs, would see double-digit spending cuts under the President’s 2020 budget proposal.
The Trump administration for the third consecutive year has recommended cuts to federal employee retirement and health benefits as part of its 2020 budget request.
Despite persistent hiring challenges at Customs and Border Protection, Accenture Federal Services said the recruiting and customer service centers it built as part of its multi-million dollar contract with CBP will set the agency up for future success.
The Defense Information Systems Agency announced plans to transfer a few dozen employees within the National Background Investigations System office, as well as employees within DoD’s Consolidated Adjudications Facility, to the Defense Security Service.
At least 10,000 federal employees from National Treasury Employees Union bargaining units have opted into one of the union’s government shutdown lawsuits.
House Democrats have again reintroduced legislation that would guarantee paid family leave for federal employees to care for a new child or sick family member. This time, the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act would guarantee up to 12 weeks of time.
Automatic General Schedule step increases, the lengthy federal hiring process and the retirement supplement for certain employees are among the issues Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has highlighted in his annual waste book.
The Trump administration said it sees 2019 as the year it plans to win the public’s trust and establish familiarity with the federal workforce that it’s up to the task of deploying artificial intelligence, robotics and other new technology.
President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Dale Cabaniss to be the permanent director of the Office of Personnel Management. The agency has been without permanent leadership for five months.
Merit Systems Protection Board has lost all members now, after the Senate on Thursday failed to take up legislation that would have extended the holdover term for the last remaining board member or hold a vote on the president’s two nominees.