• Senate bill would make it harder for political appointees to become civil servants

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee bill would create stronger laws to prevent political appointees from becoming career federal employees.

  • 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.

  • 4 bills that could hitch a ride if Congress passes a budget omnibus later this month

    From reauthorization and reorganizations of the Homeland Security Department to whistleblower protections, security clearances and burrowing, these bills are worth keeping an eye on as the Senate debates, amends and votes on them.

  • Sen. Johnson seeks OSC review of ‘burrowing’ at CFPB

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has asked the Office of Special Counsel to investigate the details of Leandra English’s move from a political post at the Office of Personnel Management to a career role at CFPB towards the end of the Obama administration.

  • 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.

  • Political Appointee Burrowing Prevention Act: Good idea or not?

    Critics say burrowing is not based on merit, and is a way for an administration to leave its sympathizers in place for years after it is gone.

  • 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.