Eligible employees at the Agriculture Department who plan to leave the agency rather than relocate to Kansas City by the end of the fiscal year will receive buyouts worth $10,000, rather than the maximum incentive payment of $25,000.
Would you move your family from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., to those of Kansas City to take a lower-wage job — as in $5,000 to $15,000 per annum lower?
Though the agreement doesn't make any guarantees, the deal the Agriculture Department and the American Federation of Government Employees reached late last week gives employees impacted by the Kansas City relocation a path to request more time to make the move and other flexibilities.
Also in today's Federal Newscast, USDA employees relocating to Kansas City will now get incentive payments to make up for their now lower salaries.
The Agriculture Department on Wednesday told employees impacted by the upcoming relocation to Kansas City they shouldn't be concerned with violating the Antideficiency Act when submitting for relocation reimbursements.
The legal opinion from the Agriculture Department's Office of General Counsel could serve as an example for other agencies looking to reorganize or relocate employees.
In today's Federal Newscast, Virginia’s two senators want to know why Defense Secretary Mark Esper is conducting his own examination of DoD’s upcoming JEDI Cloud contract.
In today's Federal Newscast, Health and Human Services releases 25 ways the agency can improve how it spends taxpayer money.
Lawmakers have asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allow employees impacted by the upcoming USDA relocation to use telework and other flexibilities to alleviate the burdens of the move to Kansas City. USDA and the American Federation of Government Employees are expected to continue bargaining negotiations over those flexibilities this week.
Also in today's Federal Newscast, USDA is facing more congressional backlash for its plans to relocate two research bureaus to Kansas City, and the DoD Inspector General says former Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White misused her subordinates’ time.
In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management is urging agencies to consider telework and workplace flexibilities during this week's heat wave.
In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration extended the deadline for proposals for the Agriculture Department to lease space in the Kansas City region.
The Trump administration's national research and development AI plan has set a goal to focus more on collaboration between government and private sector.
The Agriculture Department said it chose the Kansas City region as the new site for the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture headquarters because it would save the agency real estate, staffing and other costs.