Lawmakers have asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allow employees impacted by the upcoming USDA relocation to use telework and other flexibilities to alleviate the burdens of the move to Kansas City. USDA and the American Federation of Government Employees are expected to continue bargaining negotiations over those flexibilities this week.
Several hundred employees from other components within the Department of Homeland Security have deployed to help Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement with their work along the southern border. They’re on temporary detail with the department’s new DHS Volunteer Force.
Progress with the security clearance inventory has put pressure on the Defense Department’s Consolidated Adjudications Facility, which is realigning resources and personnel to work through its own backlog.
New policies aren’t official yet, but defense and intelligence officials say they’re designing the newly renamed Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency that’s positioned for a more modern era.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned a lower court’s decision on the President’s workforce executive orders, but it also delayed lifting the injunction of the EOs.
Agencies have new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management advising them to evaluate how well their telework and other work-life programs are working. Several departments have opted to limit or alter their telework programs since initial pilots were stood up back in 2012.
Roughly 57% of employees given relocation notices at the Economic Research Service and 67% of such employees at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture have rejected USDA’s reassignment to Kansas City.
Though the Interior Department announced plans to relocate its headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management to Grand Junction, Colorado, more BLM employees will move to a variety of other locations across the country.
A federal judge invalidated nine provisions of the President’s workforce executive orders in a ruling last August. But the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned that decision Tuesday.
The Office of Personnel Management said an IT outage impacted significant programs and mission for multiple hours last week. But a government source said the incident has been dramatized to make the case for the proposed OPM-GSA merger.
Agencies will develop specific workforce fund plans for the 2021 budget passback, which should detail how they’ll reward employees who have in-demand skills or have made special contributions to their agencies.
The House-passed 2020 defense authorization bill includes paid family leave for federal employees, as well as another legislative attempt to block the Trump administration’s proposed OPM-GSA merger.
GSA has issued a request for information to begin modernization of legacy mainframe hardware at the Office of Personnel Management. The RFI is part of GSA’s Centers of Excellence initiative, which both agencies have agreed to use to advance the merger.
Three members of the Federal Salary Council have made their official recommendations to the President’s pay agent suggesting how to improve the way government evaluates and compensates federal employees.