Agencies are substituting in-person hiring events with virtual job fairs and recruiting webinars, and many organizations are thinking outside the box to onboard new employees.
A new bill from Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) would allow federal employees to federal employees can hold onto the annual leave they may have to forfeit at the end of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Other lawmakers, including a bipartisan group of nearly 20 senators, are advocating for hazard pay for certain frontline workers.
President Donald Trump hadn’t appointed his own nominees to the fill the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board until Monday, months after members of Congress first expressed deep concerns with the TSP’s plans to expand the international fund to a new, China-inclusive index.
The Social Security Administration said it’s still working with its payroll provider to fully implement and administer emergency paid sick leave benefits under a new coronavirus relief law. But federal employee unions say the delays are confusing given their experience with other agencies.
A Federal News Network survey found the vast majority of employees say they’re more productive and working more or the same number of hours at home compared to the office. But when asked to predict whether their agency might fully embrace telework in the future, federal employees were far more mixed.
The same Hatch Act rules apply for federal employees while they’re working from home during the pandemic, the Office of Special Counsel said earlier this week in new guidance.
George Nesterczuk, the president’s first pick to lead the Office of Personnel Management, is returning to the agency as an adviser to the acting director. Nesterczuk withdrew his nomination from Senate consideration nearly three years ago.
The Office of Management and Budget has instructed agencies to begin planning for the upcoming presidential transition.
The Republican Study Committee has joined a growing number of congressional members calling for hiring and pay changes designed to help the federal workforce better respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Thrift Savings Plan has been functioning normally during the pandemic, in large part due to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board’s efforts to move some 80% of its contractor workforce to telework in three weeks.
NASA employees submitted more than 200 ideas to an agency-led crowdsourcing initiative designed to solicit coronavirus response solutions. A few of the ideas, including prototypes for two new ventilation and breathing devices, are already under review for emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
Your agency has a lot to think about as it considers reopening federal offices during the pandemic. Employees will trust the good leaders to make the right decision, former executives said, but absent leaders will struggle to earn that trust quickly.
Nearly one year since the Trump administration first made its case to the public about its plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration, the Government Accountability Office said it’s searching for the details and rationale to support the move.
The Maryland and Virginia governors, as well as the District of Columbia mayor, all urged the Trump administration to keep telework policies in place as they continue their efforts to contain the coronavirus in the national capital region.