National Federation of Federal Employees

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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In this May 14, 2021, photo provided by the High Desert Museum, U.S. Forest Service firefighters carry out a prescribed burn on the grounds of the High Desert Museum, near Bend, Oregon. The prescribed burn is part of a massive effort in wildlands across the West to prepare for a fire season that follows the worst one on record. (Kyle Kosma/High Desert Museum via AP)

Biden expands pay, hiring for federal firefighters, but union warns it’s not enough

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(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The bronze Statue of Freedom, by Thomas Crawford, is the crowning feature of the dome of the U.S. Capitol, shown ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

TSP changes, retirement help for former seasonal feds and other bills to watch

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(Getty Images/iStockphoto/fotostok_pdv)Close up of female hands counting US dollar banknotes at the table in front a laptop computer. Woman accountant with money and notebook.

Payroll tax deferral still causing headaches for some federal retirees and seasonal workers

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(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Donald Trump

Federal unions look to turn the page on Trump’s executive orders: ‘The damage is not permanent’

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(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Joe Biden

What Biden can learn from Obama — and Trump — about managing the federal workforce

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State Dept. tells passport services employees without high-risk conditions to return to work Nov. 16

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(Getty Images/iStockphoto/fotostok_pdv)Close up of female hands counting US dollar banknotes at the table in front a laptop computer. Woman accountant with money and notebook.

Trump aiming for late-September launch of payroll tax deferral for federal employees

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State Dept. looks to resume ‘normal operations’ at passport agencies within 6-8 weeks

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VA says it’s now closer to offer more coronavirus testing to its employees

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(AP/Jacquelyn Martin)The Office of Personnel Management headquarters in Washington, D.C. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

OPM offers up its own take on reopening its facilities

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In this May 9, 2017 photo, U.S. passports lie on a table in Dallas, Texas. The U.S. State Department is in the middle of a record year for processing passport applications, with 20.5 million renewals and applications for new passports expected. Adult U.S. passports must be renewed every 10 years, and the 2017 surge comes a decade after a law went into effect requiring passports for U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)

State Dept outlines plan to reopen passport facilities with ‘limited staff’

The agency will continue to prioritize the most urgent cases before it returns to full operating capacity. Meanwhile, agency employees who work at passport…

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It’s not just privatized military houses with issues

In today’s Federal Newscast, the Defense Department has taken plenty of heat for health and safety problems in its privatized housing programs, but there…

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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, the exterior of the Veterans Affairs Department hospital is shown in east Denver. Investigators with the VA Office of Inspector General found that the hospital violated policy by keeping improper wait lists to track veterans' mental health care, confirming a whistleblower’s claims. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

More than 1,600 employees at VA medical facilities have coronavirus

Fourteen employees at the Veterans Health Administration have died due to complications from coronavirus, the department said Wednesday.

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