A year ago today, the Office of Management and Budget told agencies to implement "maximum telework" policies as the pandemic kicked into full gear. Today, agencies are asking what's next.
How is the federal government pursing shared services? When has the Interior Department used shared services? Will the move to shared services change under the new administration? Host Michael Keegan welcomes Scott Cameron, forming acting assistant secretary for policy, management and budget at the Interior Department as they explore these questions and more.
President-elect Joe Biden says he had chosen North Carolina regulator Michael S. Regan as his nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as his pick for interior secretary.
Agencies are often reassigning members of the Senior Executive Service with little oversight, the Government Accountability Office found. And the Office of Personnel Management, which has the authority to crack down on agencies when they fail to reassign SES members properly, said enforcement isn't a major priority.
In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says not all agencies have been tracking time and attendance fraud consistently.
The Interior Department's inspector general said agency officials gave mostly accurate statements to Congress about its reasons for relocating employees at the Bureau of Land Management. But Interior officials did mislead Congress about lease costs being the primary reason for the move.
The concept of reskilling is no longer limited to low-value value work, as the new virtual environment has changed the game for federal employees looking for training and development opportunities, agencies say.
In today's Federal Newscast, an AFGE conducted survey of VA members finds nearly 1,000 employees say racism has made their jobs more difficult.
Bill Vajda, Interior’s chief information officer, said IT modernization is letting the agency train its employees to be problem solvers and not focused on wires and pliers.
In today's Federal Newscast, while many agencies are setting reopening dates in early to mid-June to bring an initial wave of employees back to the office, the Merit Systems Protection Board is waiting until the end of June.
Some agencies are preparing to provide masks for their employees when they return. Others aren't requiring them. At some organizations, telework will be "encouraged" as they gradually reopen. For others, telework is still mandatory.
Reopening plans for the Interior and Energy Departments describe upcoming changes to their own telework, leave and screening policies. The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to initiate reopening plans for its facilities in Seattle, Atlanta and Lenexa, Kansas.
In today's Federal Newscast, dead people are getting coronavirus stimulus payments, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers asks the Treasury Department, IRS and Social Security Administration what they can do to stop it.
In today's Federal Newscast, House and Senate Democrats push back on reports that the Trump Organization seeks to reduce its rent on the Trump Hotel in D.C. during the pandemic.