• Federal unions tell agencies, partner with us for a more engaged workforce

    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.

  • Rollback of DoD’s per diem travel cuts on NDAA bargaining table

    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.

  • Chaffetz, Meadows push for official time investigation

    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.

  • Short-term spending bill emerges as lingering shutdown concerns rise

    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.

  • Bill Dougan: Ways to add more flexibility to federal pay

    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.

  • Federal pay for hard-to-fill jobs becomes an issue in improving economy

    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.

  • As shutdown looms, employee unions ramp up activity

    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.

  • HUD touts phased retirement program as means to build a ‘stronger’ agency

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the latest agency to get on board with “succession planning.”

  • Bipartisan House bill challenges DoD travel cuts

    Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are fighting back against the Pentagon’s cost-cutting plan for employees who travel for work.

  • Five things every federal employee should know about the Obama budget

    A 1.3-percent pay raise, reforms to the Senior Executive Service and increased emphasis on employee feedback are just some of the initiatives proposed in President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget.