President Donald Trump has called for sweeping cuts to civilian agency spending in his fiscal 2017-18 federal budget proposal, which the White House released Thursday.
We hear that the hiring freeze has slowed things down and that workers are terrified for their jobs, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders if we're talking to the wrong people.
The high paced level of activity this past week centered on the still-sketchy 2018 budget under preparation by the Trump administration. Balancing the big increase the president wants for the Defense Department are cuts averaging 10 percent for civilian agencies.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he anticipates a "special renaissance for the Department of Commerce" that includes making it the best place to work in the federal government.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly forged ahead with tough new immigration policies, outlined in a pair of memos. Although President Trump hadn’t yet released his revised executive order on immigration and securing the border with Mexico, Kelly widened the number of people potentially subject to detention and deportation. He reiterated the plan to hire another 5,000 Customs and Border Patrol agents.
Despite the Trump administration's rocky relationship with the federal workforce, former Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu says listening to the career civil service can ensure campaign promises translate well into actionable policy.
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Federal News Radio has learned President Donald Trump could sign an executive order as soon as this week requiring agencies to develop plans in the coming months to suggest ways to reduce the duplication of agencies, components and programs. The potential EO comes as agencies also are preparing for budget cuts that could range between 5 percent and 20 percent.
Pentagon said exemptions to President Donald Trump's 90-day hiring freeze were not necessarily a resolution for civilian Defense employees, as some agencies are still waiting for guidance on how to implement the provisions.
New hiring freeze guidance from OMB and OPM answers many of the questions agencies and employees have about the freeze, says former DHS chief human capital officer Jeff Neal.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is once again reintroducing the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act. This time, Connolly's bill proposes a 3.2 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2018.
President Trump on Friday ordered the Pentagon to immediately set about the work of figuring out how much money the Defense Department will need to overcome what military leaders have said are serious readiness problems brought on by years of political deadlock over the federal budget.
President Donald Trump got to work quickly after his inauguration a week ago. Of greatest immediate impact on federal employees, by Monday the administration had imposed a hiring freeze.
A clear majority of federal employees who responded to a Federal News Radio poll said they expect President Donald Trump's administration to negatively impact their agencies' mission or programs.