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In today's Federal Newscast, activist group asks the Senate Rules Committee and House Administration Committee to force the Capitol Police to publish inspector general reports online.
Of the agency reentry plans that Federal News Network recently reviewed, it's mostly managers and supervisors who appear primed to return to the office, at least for a day or two a week, in early January.
The Biden administration on Monday encouraged agencies to delay suspensions and firings for employees who fail to comply with the federal vaccine mandate through at least the holidays.
All told, 95% of federal employees are either partially or fully vaccinated, or have a medical or religious exception request pending or approved, the Biden administration said Monday. Employees had until Monday to comply with the administration's federal vaccine mandate.
The White House on Wednesday announced new steps agencies will take to better inform prospective federal employees, new hires and current workers about their collective bargaining rights — and provide more details on how they can become active dues-paying union members if they choose.
Employees and retirees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) will pay, on average, 3.8% more toward their premiums in 2022. The Office of Personnel Management announced FEHBP premium rates ahead of the upcoming open season, which runs Nov. 8 through Dec. 13.
The order simply requires agencies to stand up a program requiring vaccinations for all executive branch employees. A second order requires agencies to embed new COVID-19 safety protocols as a requirement in federal contracts and solicitations.
President Biden has formally recommended a 2.7% federal pay raise for most civilian employees in 2022, which includes 0.5% locality pay adjustment.
Federal managers say key details of the administration's vaccine and testing program are still unresolved, and they worry about enforcing a policy with the workforce, which — like the rest of the country — has pockets of vaccine hesitancy and resistance.
President Biden announced his plans to nominate 10 new members to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which attempts to resolve collective bargaining disputes among agencies and employee unions.
In today's Federal Newscast, federal employee unions are responding to President Biden's new vaccine guidance.
The Department of Health and Human Services is the latest agency to announce a reset in labor relations with its union, following a Biden administration executive order that restored collective bargaining and official time.
The new vaccine requirements apply to all federal employees and onsite contractors, the Biden administration said Thursday.
House members are silent on federal pay in their 2022 draft appropriations bill, meaning they'll defer to the president's recommendation for a 2.7% raise for employees next year.