James Lankford

FILE - This May 25, 2021, file photo shows a U.S. Passport cover in Washington. Americans hoping to travel abroad this summer may have to delay their plans if they need new or renewed passports. The State Department said Wednesday that the wait for a passport is now between 12 weeks and 18 weeks, even if you pay for expedited processing. That’s because of ripple effects from the coronavirus pandemic that caused extreme disruptions to the process at domestic issuance facilities and overseas embassies and consulates.  (AP Photo/Eileen Putman, File)

State Dept. staffing surge won’t address passport backlog ‘overnight,’ union warns

Lawmakers are pressing the State Department to move more aggressively to address a backlog of as many as 2 million pending passport applications.

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(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Light shines on the U.S. Capitol dome early Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House endorsed an emerging bipartisan agreement Monday on legislation aimed at curbing rising health care costs, including taking steps to limit “surprise” medical bills that can plague patients treated in emergency rooms. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Congress calls for workforce safety plans for agencies, reskilling oversight and more

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(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Kiran Ahuja, the nominee to be Office of Personnel Management Director, appears before a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hybrid nominations hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ahuja vows to bring stable leadership to OPM after years of turnover at the top

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(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Shalanda Young testifies during a Senate Budget Committee hearing to examine her nomination to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

OMB nominees pledge to break down federal hiring barriers

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(Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)Neera Tanden testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee on her nomination to become the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), during a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)

IT modernization is a priority for Biden’s OMB pick, but she acknowledges funding challenges

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Telework may be the recruitment and retention solution agencies — and Congress — are looking for

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FILE - In this June 17, 2016 file photo, U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., speaks to the new Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officers during their graduation ceremony in Edmond, Okla. Lankford and Oklahoma's four incumbent GOP U.S. House members who face challengers in this year's general election all have massive fundraising advantages and are heavy favorites in next month's general election. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Lankford: Time to ‘reinvent the wheel’ on telework in federal workforce

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House committee clears NDAA with federal paid parental leave fix

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Commission describes dire need for federal recruitment and hiring changes, but will Congress act?

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(AP Photo/John Minchillo)A medical worker wearing a single protective glove and a face mask walks past a line of workers and visitors waiting to be tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the main entrance to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Monday, March 23, 2020, in New York.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Federal employees on frontlines of coronavirus response could get premium pay bumps

In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management says agencies can lift the usual limits on premium pay and set higher annual premium pay…

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Telework cybersecurity guidance could be on the way

In today’s Federal Newscast, a huddle between agencies may yield new cybersecurity guidance for teleworking federal employees.

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Majority of SSA employees have or will soon begin full-time telework

Social Security Administrator Andrew Saul told employees Saturday he would further expand telework across the agency amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

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