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  • State and local minimum wage bumps don’t apply to feds, OPM says

    As several states and local governments have raised their minimum wages well past the federal rate of $7.25 in recent years, the Office of Personnel Management said it’s received many questions how these changes might impact federal employees.

  • NDAA amendment aims to find out if DoD experimented with weaponized bugs

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a proposal in the 2020 defense authorization bill would require the Defense Department Inspector General to tell Congress if the department experimented with the idea of weaponizing disease-carrying insects.

  • Uh, about that pay cut column …

    Monday’s column got the attention of a lot of readers, especially those at the top step of the top grade — GS-15. Unfortunately, says Mike Causey, the explanation was mostly wrong.

  • Date set for major change coming to GSA schedules

    In today’s Federal Newscast, it’s now known when the Federal Acquisition Service will release its consolidated schedule, which will include the new special item numbers and terms and conditions.

  • TSA examining pay, retention options as part of workforce reforms

    TSA is trying figure out the best way to improve the way it pays its employees, while reducing attrition and boosting retention.

  • Draining the DC swamp a complicated, costly exercise

    Turns out the plan to move Washington-based civil servants closer to the geographic areas they deal with, and the taxpayers they serve, isn’t as cut-and-dried as getting a new Amazon facility.

  • Senate passes NDAA, includes pay raise for troops

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Senate passes its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a 3.1% pay raise for active duty military.

  • Bill to create cyber incident response teams at DHS passes House

    Texas Rep. Michael McCaul’s bill would create groups of cyber first responders in the event of a cyber attack on the government or private sector.

  • 2020 pay raise model: From zero to 3.1 in six months

    The amount of the 2020 white collar federal pay raise will range anywhere from zero to 3.1% if federal unions and Democrats in the House have their way.

  • Where have all the classifiers gone?

    As federal work has shifted, grades have crept up to the point where traditional job classification is almost a thing of the past.