As agencies plan for the possibility of another government shutdown at the end of this week, the American Federation of Government Employees is telling its members to prepare as well.
A package of bills from House Democrats would reopen government, provide full-year funding for most federal agencies and give civilian employees a pay raise in 2019.
As some agencies continue planning for a potential lapse in appropriations at the end of the week, a partial government shutdown may pose the biggest risk for employees’ holiday vacation plans.
The Federal Salary Council also offered some reassurance to federal employees in at least four areas where locality pay is still pending. Locality pay rates should be finalized in time for employees’ first paychecks in January 2019, the Office of Personnel Management said.
The Veterans Affairs Department’s decision to abandon official time for some employees may set up further legal battles over the matter — and the president’s executive orders.
With the federal district court’s late-Friday ruling, unions are declaring victory and asking agencies to immediately return to the status quo before the president issued his three executive orders. But change may be a long time coming.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said he’s less concerned by the VA’s measure of disciplinary actions and more concerned about whether whistleblowers feel they can approach leadership with their concerns.
The American Federation of Government Employees has sued the president, the Office of Personnel Management and OPM Director Jeff Pon over the administration’s executive order on official time.
In the news business the best way to bury a story is to release or leak it on the Friday afternoon before a major national holiday. Such was the case this Memorial Day weekend when three executive orders designed to whip the bureaucracy in shape were issued Friday afternoon.
President Donald Trump has signed executive orders making it easier to fire poor-performing federal employees and overhaul federal employees union rights. J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees joins host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to talk about the EOs and their potential impact. May 30, 2018