In today’s Federal Newscast, a federal court rules against an employee appealing his removal when he failed a drug test, after he says he accidentally ate a pot brownie.
In today’s Federal Newscast, President Donald Trump hints that another government shutdown is likely after funding runs out again in three weeks.
During the 30-plus of the latest, longest “partial” government shutdown there have been no major incidents, yet. But the clock is ticking and everybody knows it.
The longer the shutdown goes, the more nerves fray. It’s downright crabby out there.
Federal statute instructs agencies use reductions-in-force (RIFs) if employees have been furloughed for 30 days or longer, but regulations don’t apply to workers furloughed due to a government shutdown.
A federal district judge refused to compel the executive branch to find an immediate end to the government shutdown’s impacts on excepted federal employees working without pay. The judge’s decision maintains the status quo. Other lawsuits challenging the shutdown’s legitimacy are still pending.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) wants to know why the National Parks Service reopened the Old Post Office Tower within the D.C. Trump Hotel during the government shutdown.
Hundreds of federal employees rallied in Washington, D.C. on Thursday in protest of the partial government shutdown. The prolonged shutdown is holding their next paychecks, due Jan. 11, “hostage,” employees said.
The National Treasury Employees Union said excepted federal employees who have been working without pay during the partial government shutdown should be paid full wages, including overtime, and other damages.
Federal employees, contractors, spouses and lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated by the delayed pay and lost work, with many airing their grievances on social media.