Burrowing in

  • Agencies now need OPM permission for more kinds of political conversions

    The Office of Personnel Management is expanding the variety of political conversations that must receive its permission before a new appointment to a civil service job begins.

  • Longer probationary periods will get another look in Congress this week

    Longer probationary periods for employees in the competitive service and Senior Executive Service are among the many topics the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider this week.

  • Should political appointees be barred from career jobs?

    For some folks, the idea of a ban on burrowing makes a lot of sense. The problem is that solving one problem creates another.

  • 6 federal workforce bills to watch this summer

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider a series of bills this week that could impact the federal workforce. Among them is legislation that would give participants more options to withdraw investments from the Thrift Savings Plan.

  • Cummings, Warren ask for GAO study of ‘chaotic’ Trump transition

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked the Government Accountability Office to review potential conflicts of interest, possible violations of security protocol and issues of transparency and logistics of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition. Meanwhile, two other lawmakers are once again raising concerns about the potential for political appointees to “burrow in” to career positions.

  • Leaving office during the transition? Your pay and benefits questions answered

    About 4,000 political appointees will leave the Obama administration in the next nine weeks. While conversations over policy, budget and organizational structure will take center stage, questions about your pay and benefits may not. Federal News Radio reviewed the Office of Personnel Management’s transition guide in search of the answers.

  • OPM addresses widespread ‘burrowing in’ concerns

    The Office of Personnel Management wants to make sure political appointees hired during the current administration don’t have an unfair advantage getting career jobs in the next administration.

  • Congress presses agencies on ‘burrowing in,’ as Trump suggests he has solution

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent letters to 23 agencies asking for details about the number of political appointees they’ve converted to career federal employees. Meanwhile, the topic of “burrowing in” is gaining special attention from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

  • 3 things you may have missed from Congress this week

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants to get a closer look at how many political appointees the Office of Personnel Management has converted to career employees over the past nine months.

  • OPM to agencies: no ‘burrowing in’ to the next administration

    The Office of Personnel Management is reminding managers of existing protocols for reviewing their employees. OPM encouraged executives to apply the “employee engagement plus” methodology to their appraisal process.