From a supreme court confirmation vote to Russian misbehavior, the House and Senate have a lot to do in the coming week. And there's considerable time pressure to get it done.
The Small Business Administration is planning to shed the equivalent of more than 3,400 full-time employees as part of its budget request for fiscal 2023.
After two years of total vacancy, the Merit Systems Protection Board now has two of its three members, enough to make decisions that stick.
The Senior Executives Association, which represents the government's highest ranking career officials, is especially glad the Merit Systems Protection Board has a quorum of two members. The Senate confirmed them a couple of weeks ago, ending five years without a quorum.
Discussion about the federal workforce rarely go three minutes, before someone laments the need to get young people into government. Yet three quarters of the federal workforce is over 40, a much higher percentage than in the private sector. So it may be no surprise that age discrimination complaints in government are more common than in the private sector.
The newly seated board has a backlog of cases, but also some aids to help them get through it.
Federal employees looking to appeal an adverse personnel action might not have to wait on the Merit Systems Protection Board much longer. The Senate ends a five-year streak in which the board lacked a quorum.
The American Federation of Government Employees is at odds with TSA Administrator David Pekoske over what the union says is an unnecessary delay in expanding collective bargaining for the approximately 50,000 airport screeners who work for TSA.
The White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment's report builds on goals from the President's Management Agenda to reinforce unions as a way to strengthen the federal workforce, marking a polar opposite approach from the previous administration.
For what nominee will face should they be confirmed, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the last MSPB member, attorney Mark Robins.
The Biden administration has a lot of labor itches to scratch, but they're not totally in control.
Appeals to MSPB have fallen to the wayside as the board has operated without the appointees needed to run its quorum.
The Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Debra Roth, a partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth.
For five years, the Merit Systems Protection Board has lacked a quorum, or even any of its three members at all.