With the news and some background on NASA’s Operation IceBridge, Linette Boisvert, the deputy project scientist, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A time frame has been issued for when feds can expect new locality pay tables from the Office of Personnel Management, 12 days after the president signed a 1.9 percent 2019 pay raise for civilian employees.
Margot Conrad, director of federal workforce programs at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to further discuss the effects of the previous shutdown.
The 35-day partial government shutdown presented different challenges for federal agencies but the Small Business Administration is back to operating at pre-shutdown levels.
Another member of Congress has introduced legislation that would give federal employees the option to take a penalty-free hardship withdrawal from their Thrift Savings Plan during government shutdowns. Meanwhile, the TSP is also still struggling to improve its cybersecurity posture.
In today’s Federal Newscast, after the National Coalition for Men sued, a federal district judge ruled in its favor, saying forcing only men to register for the Selective Service is unfair.
Federal district Judge Richard Leon acknowledged the potential for precedent with NTEU’s lawsuit if he denies the motion to dismiss the case, which challenges the Antideficiency Act’s legal interpretation that has set up recent government shutdowns.
Roughly 39 percent of federal employees said they were “unprepared” or “very unprepared” for the recent government shutdown, according to a survey from Clever Real Estate.
The government can’t shut down again until September but that may not be reassuring. For many federal employees, the last event produced a permanent sense of uncertainty.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it now has the capability to make its charge processing and records system fully digital.
Employer branding is one of the chief battlefields in the fight for talent. The government is not well-positioned for that fight.
Agency leadership held a conference call with members of the IRS Advisory Council on Feb. 13, a volunteer group 75 tax professionals, to get their input on tax administration issues. That session made up for a January meeting postponed under the lapse in funding.
The Office of Government Ethics has weighed in on wide variety of questions and issues that came up during the most recent 35-day government shutdown.
The past few months have been particularly challenging for the IRS, with budget ups and downs, a long government shutdown and a complex new tax code.