In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management is urging agencies to consider telework and workplace flexibilities during this week’s heat wave.
The main sticking point between the House and Senate versions is the topline number. The Senate bill authorizes an additional $17 billion for the Defense Department, which the House argues would be used for pet projects like the border wall.
Some see federal employment as a protected world of benefits, protections, a great place to retire from, etc. But the reality is sometimes very different.
Things are looking good. but the possibility of yet another government shutdown remains, as today’s guest columnist Abraham Grungold points out.
An appeals court has upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Donald Trump’s ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election
A House-passed minibus of five appropriations bills includes back pay for low wage contractors impacted by this year’s government shutdown.
In the old days, Summer meant Congress was moving on appropriations bills that would be on the President’s desk by October. In 2019, that is more of a fairy tale.
The Trump administration said back pay for contractors affected by the shutdown will be too costly and increase the risk of fraud, waste, and improper payments.
In today’s Federal Newscast, two bills to protect federal employees’ health insurance benefits during future government shutdowns advanced to the full House for a vote.
New benefits, daycare grants and possible backpay may all be in the future for Defense Department employees, service members and contractors.
The amount of the 2020 white collar federal pay raise will range anywhere from zero to 3.1% if federal unions and Democrats in the House have their way.
Eric Jeanmarie, the former division chief for Identity, Records and National Security Delivery in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and now the CEO of Finality, said by putting the E-Verify system in the cloud, the agency handled 15 times more cases than normal without any problems.
Federal employees have a new flexibility to earn time off for religious reasons, while Congress considers a partial solution to resolve a shortcoming at the member-less Merit Systems Protection Board.
Federal contractors said the recent government shutdown was marked by confusion, lack of communication and unclear guidance from agencies about their responsibilities.