Relocations in the federal government have received a bit of a bad rap lately, and a recent survey and research shows agencies often struggle to track the costs and tie the moves to the professional development needs of their talent.
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.
The Office of Personnel Management will accept nominations for the 2021 Presidential Rank Awards through April 9. The previous administration canceled last year's rank awards, citing economic uncertainty and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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 lawmakers left out an important provision in the frenzy.
The Office of Personnel Management so far has not released a new guide for agencies or called for a formal moratorium on Senior Executive Service review boards. The agency's involvement in implementing Schedule F is also raising concerns among good government groups.
House Democrats, good government groups and federal employee associations are urging congressional appropriators to include language blocking the president's Schedule F executive order in the next spending bill.
Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced new legislation Wednesday that would simply nullify the president's recent Schedule F executive order. The bill has more than 35 cosponsors.
When the dust has settled, good government groups and employee organizations say the next administration faces a talent and leadership crisis in the federal workforce.
Reaction over the president's new executive order on the creation of a new Schedule F for certain policy-making positions ranges from "forget it!" to "finally!"
Agencies are often reassigning members of the Senior Executive Service with little oversight, the Government Accountability Office found. And the Office of Personnel Management, which has the authority to crack down on agencies when they fail to reassign SES members properly, said enforcement isn't a major priority.
A group of federal managers and senior executives are pushing the Trump administration to establish an emergency leave transfer program for employees struggling to balance their work and childcare responsibilities during the pandemic.
In today's Federal Newscast, senior executives and federal managers have some harsh criticism for the Office of Management and Budget's recent directive on race training.
John Gibbs, the president's latest pick to lead the Office of Personnel Management, spent much of his nomination hearing Wednesday trying to reassure senators his previous rhetoric and comments are in the past, and his three-year government career confirms he has no tolerance for discrimination.
The authors of a recent report offering suggestions on civil service modernization say they attempted to bring interested parties together to facilitate meaningful discussions on the topic. But at least one federal employee group said their effort did the opposite.