The Senior Executives Association has announced a new interim president to lead the organization. The interim leader is replacing Bill Valdez, the prior SEA president who resigned in April.
In earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Veterans Health Administration took apart its hiring process and found a way to waive or delay steps to onboard new employees within three days. With any luck, hiring at VHA will never be the same, the agency said.
According to new research from the Merit Systems Protection Board, downsizing and decentralization within federal HR over the last three decades have created a void that agencies haven’t been able to fill.
What a week for the Thrift Savings Plan. The TSP offered more details on how its participants can take loans and withdrawals during the coronavirus pandemic, and the international fund faces a different fate.
The Federal Chief Information Officers Council selected 21 GS-14s and 15s from 11 different agencies to participate in an Agriculture Department-run Senior Executive Service candidate development program. The goal, USDA said, is to groom a new class of executives ahead of the presidential transition, often a popular time for SES retirements.
The coronavirus pandemic has posed new questions for agencies whose employees are working on the frontlines and teleworking from home, the Office of Government Ethics said.
In a unanimous decision Wednesday morning, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board voted to defer the implementation of a new, China-inclusive index for the international fund. The board members cited ongoing economic uncertainty from the coronavirus, as well as the president’s three new nominees to FRTIB, as reasons for their decision.
Under the Heroes Act, the $3 trillion coronavirus relief package House Democrats unveiled Tuesday, eligible federal employees would keep teleworking through the end of the year, while those working on the frontlines of the government’s pandemic response could receive up to $10,000 in additional premium pay.
In a rare move, the White House on Monday ordered the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to “immediately halt” plans to transition the international fund to a new, China-inclusive benchmark.
The Veterans Health Administration is tracking 1,293 coronavirus cases among its employees since March, according to the department’s public data. The department has also announced a phased plan for resuming normal operations at its medical facilities, benefits offices and cemeteries.
The Department of Homeland Security has created a new, derived alternative credential for both new and existing employees and contractors who need access to the agency’s networks but can’t physically visit a DHS facility to replace or get a new personal identity verification (PIV) card during the coronavirus pandemic.
A trio of congressionally-chartered commissions have a long list of ideas for the federal workforce, including changes to hiring, veterans preference and internship programs, which they want to include in the next defense authorization bill.
In a letter to House leadership, a group of congressional Democrats said new paid parental leave benefits should extend to federal employees who recently had or will have a new child before the original Oct. 1 implementation date.
A Federal News Network survey of nearly 1,200 teleworkers found most are working more or the same number of hours at home compared to the office. Many of the technology issues from the early days have subsided after several weeks of remote work.