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Some believe feds should have gone back to the office long ago, while others fear they'll lose top talent if their telework flexibilities aren't as generous as the agency next door.
The Environmental Protection Agency and American Federation of Government Employees will revert back to some policies from a 2007 contract while they negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.
Leaders of the House Oversight and Reform Government Operations Subcommittee are calling on the Biden administration to quickly nominate qualified members to the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Some federal employees are receiving COVID-19 vaccines through their agencies, but for others, they must wait until their state and local governments make doses available.
In today's Federal Newscast, the two largest federal employee unions are calling on the Education Department to cancel student debt for federal employees with 10 years or more of public service.
In today's Federal Newscast, the Army issued a new strategy for straightening up the nation's flagpole in the Arctic.
The National Treasury Employees Union said agencies are responding to the Biden's administration's call to restore labor relations in a variety of ways. Some agencies are making plans to return to the bargaining table, while others haven't responded to requests to revisit previous contracts.
One agency warned retirees could wait as long as six months for an initial interim payment and up to a year for a full annuity. The National Finance Center said it plans to return to its goal of processing retirements cases within 30 days by the end of the month.
The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package gives federal employees access to a new bank of paid leave, which will allow them to recover from COVID-19 and care for sick family members, or children who are learning virtually from home. President Joe Biden signed the relief bill into law Thursday afternoon.
The Agriculture Department's new telework policy will fall more closely in line with the program Secretary Tom Vilsack established when he first led USDA in 2014. The department is also considering a broader array of new remote work policies and flexible duty stations, which USDA said is one of its "highest management priorities."
Agencies that implemented policies from President Trump's 2018 workforce orders should work with federal unions to write new bargaining provisions, the Office of Personnel Management said Friday. OPM offered up more directions on how agencies should respond to a January executive order from the Biden administration that rescinded Trump's policies.
One thing you can say about working for the IRS, it's been exciting. Now the agency's Professional Managers Association has a new roster of leadership to take on a second filing season weirded out by the pandemic.
The IRS is bringing more employees back to the office to process tax returns, open mail and make sure eligible Americans receive their Economic Impact Payments.
President Joe Biden has named Kiran Ahuja to be his new director of the Office of Personnel Management. Ahuja previously served as OPM's chief of staff during the Obama administration, and she lead the president's Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.