The debate over official time may heat up again, as the Trump administration continues to suggest changes to the current civil service system.
The Veterans Affairs Department recently clarified its disciplinary data, which the department posts publicly on its website every two weeks.
OPM issues new guidance for agencies to comply with the president's executive order rescinding the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations and related forums.
President Donald Trump disbanded the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations, eliminating a formal advisory panel designed to create better relationships between agency management and labor.
Without action from the president, the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations will expire at the end of the month.
Experts in the federal community say President-elect Donald Trump's business acumen will likely factor into the future of the federal workforce during the next administration. Trump will likely play closer attention to measures that would hold poor-performers accountable. Though they may not agree on all the issues, some federal unions say they hope they can find common ground on proposals that would advance federal hiring reforms.
When labor-management relationships are strong, employee engagement improves, federal union leaders said during a discussion at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service conference in Chicago. Union leaders say their partnerships with agencies have improved over the past eight years, but the success of those partnerships too often depends on the administration.
The final details of the 2017 defense authorization bill remain a work in progress for the House and Senate, but one bargaining chip of the deal could undo some steep travel cuts for DoD employees.
In a slew of letters addressed to 26 agency leaders, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Subcommittee on Governmental Operations Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) want to know how many government employees carry out official time functions during the workday.
While a continuing resolution seems likely in the waning days of the short-term spending bill the government is currently operating under, federal employees once again have found themselves looking over their shoulders for any sign of a shutdown.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is reviewing testimony from a hearing on improving pay flexibilities in the federal government. The committee heard from the Office of Personnel Management, civilian and military personnel officials, and representatives of federal employee unions. Bill Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, was one of the witnesses at the hearing. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about his testimony.
The 9-year struggle to fill federal jobs in North Dakota's oil-boom towns offers a stark example to the rest of the government of just how hard it can be to keep federal workers when private employers beckon.
A new plan that would keep the government open through Dec. 11 is beginning to emerge. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) introduced a clean, short-term continuing resolution that does not include language that would defund Planned Parenthood.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the latest agency to get on board with "succession planning."