According to a Federal News Network analysis of Office of Personnel Management data, 6,000 fewer employees retired in 2019 compared to the previous year. Federal employees say a combination of personal, financial, health and family reasons — in addition to their agency’s leadership, budget and political climate — all influence their retirement decisions.
The General Services Administration kicked off a broad public effort this week aimed at modernizing the federal e-rulemaking process, as bots, fraudulent submissions and other mass campaigns have quickly overtaken the online notice and comment process.
An encouraging slogan and the prospect of an extra day off is motivating employees at the Veterans Benefits Administration to meet and beat a series of ever-evolving performance goals.
House members said they’re working on new legislation designed to clarify and improve protections for federal whistleblowers.
A bicameral pair of lawmakers have reintroduced legislation for the sixth consecutive year now, which would ensure employees get a federal pay raise in 2021.
The American Federation of Government Employees is seeking immediate relief from Office of Special Counsel guidance on Hatch Act violations, which the union argues limits employees’ First Amendment rights to talk about the impeachment of President Donald Trump. AFGE has an ongoing lawsuit on the matter in a federal district court.
Social Security Administration leadership met with employees Monday to announce a series of changes to existing telework policies, but the new arrangements vary widely across the agency and depend on an employee’s component — and whether or not an employee is part of a specific bargaining unit.
With the nominees to restore a quorum at the Merit Systems Protection Board still sitting quietly in the Senate, disagreement has begun over who’s to blame for the historic absences at the board. In an exclusive report, Federal News Network explored different sides of the debate.
Leadership on two House committees are skeptical of a proposed rule from the EEOC, which would reverse a 40-year-old policy allowing union representatives official time to prepare discrimination complaints on behalf of their coworkers.
The Agriculture Department has asked the Federal Labor Relations Authority to clarify how agency heads should handle collective bargaining agreements that have expired or rolled over — but haven’t yet been renegotiated.
An ever-growing to-do list from Congress and $1 billion in technical debt are behind the Department of Veterans Affairs’ push to modernize.
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A 2016 law was supposed to, at last, give FBI whistleblowers the protections most other federal employees have. But three years after the bill’s passage, at least one FBI whistleblower says he’s still waiting for an opportunity to have his day in court.
As the Trump administration prepares to dramatically ramp up its continuous evaluation capabilities in the coming years, industry is asking for access to some of the data collected from cleared contractors. That information, industry says, will better inform their own insider threat programs.