(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana.The U.S. Capitol is seen at night after negotiators sealed a deal for COVID relief, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Washington. Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal Sunday on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana.

What fell through the cracks in that 5,593-page spending bill

Congress introduced, debated and passed a $2.3 trillion spending and COVID-19 relief package into law in less than 24 hours. Federal employee groups say…

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Lack of transition support from OPM raises concerns the agency has become politicized

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Congress, employee groups ramp up pressure to block Schedule F executive order

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Senate Democrats introduce new bill to block Schedule F executive order

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Federal workforce needs to be a priority — no really, a top priority this time, advocates say

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SES reassignments could use more oversight, GAO says

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Feds are still struggling to balance work and childcare. But there’s a program that could help.

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(AP/Jacquelyn Martin)The Office of Personnel Management headquarters in Washington, D.C. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

OPM nominee insists past rhetoric is behind him, says discrimination has no place in government

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New civil service report meant to bring people together has driven them apart

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FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump attends a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Washington. From left, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health. There’s the standard process for getting urgently needed coronavirus equipment: send a request to FEMA. Then there’s the other way: have a buddy who can pick up the phone and call the Trump White House. Trump’s team has proudly recounted instances where a call to the White House has produced fast results for those who have an in with the president.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Poolm, File)

Senate, House Democrats blast FEMA for unfilled positions

In today’s Federal Newscast, a bicameral group of Democrats say top leadership vacancies at the Federal Emergency Management Agency are unacceptable.

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An American flag flies above the White House, Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Washington, a day after it flew at half-staff in remembrance of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Federal human capital — including OPM — need a sweeping overhaul, affinity groups say

A group of well-known good government organizations, federal employee affinity groups and private sector organizations are recommending a series of organizational…

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Michigan Senator asks agencies for more details on their reopening plans

In today’s Federal Newscast, top Democrat on Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wants more details on agency reopening plans.

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