Administrative changes are the first step in civil service modernization

Administrative changes have the advantage of being entirely within the power of the executive branch, says Jeff Neal. There is no need to wait for Congress…

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Fast-track hiring authorities taking hold in DoD’s maintenance depots

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OPM announces first batch of civil service changes, ‘more to come’

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NDAA dashes chance of $40K buyouts for civilian employees

The prospect of a higher cap on Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (VSIPs), again, failed to make it through in the annual defense authorization bill.

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To replace aging maintenance workforce, Army seeks extension of direct hiring authority

Special hiring authorities for personnel working in government-owned depots are set to expire in September.

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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, the morning sun illuminates the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Sen. John McCain's opposition to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law has dealt a likely fatal blow to the legislation — and perhaps to the Republican Party's years of promises to kill the program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Whistleblower protections, higher VSIPs and other bills worth watching this week

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will consider more than a dozen bills impacting the federal workforce this week. Here are a few worth watching.

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