The federal government’s made huge progress in reducing security clearance processing times over the last several years. But there are some early signs of backsliding. As Federal News Network reported last week, the latest data shows top secret investigations took an average of 115 days in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 – up from 84 days during the same period last year.
Talk about joint service. A member of the Space Force has become the first guardian to receive a service medal from the Coast Guard. The guardian spent three weeks aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic.
Lots of people put a neatly tied ending to their federal careers by retiring on December 31. Next year New Year's Day is a Monday, so you could wake up and have a mimosa. But in the next several weeks, you've got some serious final planning to do.
In today's Federal Newscast: The secretaries of the Army and Air Force call the hold on the confirmation of hundreds of military officers "problematic." The Government Accountability Office reports that the federal workforce is more diverse than the nationwide labor force. And improper payments crept up in 2023.
The average timeline for investigating top-secret security clearance cases was on a steady rise throughout fiscal 2023.
For federal agencies, hiring and digital modernization have been top of mind for the past few years and the latest agenda reinforces these priorities while urging alignment with relevant values.
Between newly introduced bipartisan legislation and guidance from OPM, military spouses are getting several possible avenues to more flexible employment in government.
The head of the IRS' cybersecurity operations says the Treasury agency is making progress on logging, multifactor authentication, and other aspects of "zero trust" security to help protect taxpayer data.
A new proposed rule from OPM aims to offload a bit of transactional work and let the agency focus more on governmentwide human capital policy.
The Army and Air Force secretaries warn about how Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R-Ala.) holds on confirming officers are hurting the military and service members’ families.
There is new leadership at the organization that represents managers and other non-union employees at the Internal Revenue Service. Kelly Reyes was named the Professional Managers Association’s (PMA) new executive director last week. She replaces Chad Hooper, who left the organization this past summer. Reyes previously served as PMA’s national vice president. For a look at the latest with the PMA, Federal News Network Deputy Editor Jared Serbu talked with Kelly Reyes on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Continuing resolutions hurt not only service members, but also civilians both at the Department of Defense and at other agencies by hurting morale and slowing new programs.
Reliance on a paper-based system, insufficient staffing and incomplete applications remain the three top barriers to timely processing of federal employees’ retirement applications.
The Environmental Protection Agency, like many other organizations, has huge amounts of data about its workforce at its disposal. But it’s not just using that data to understand the present – the agency’s also using it to plan “EPA 2.0”.