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Veteran GOP official on personnel policies named to head OPM

President Trump has nominated George Nesterczuk, who has been involved in federal personnel policies from the Republican side in a variety of roles for more than three decades, to become director of the Office of Personnel Management. Nesterczuk, currently head of the Nesterczuk and Associates management consulting firm, was a senior adviser at OPM during […]

Trump’s budget shows feds little love despite pay hike

Perhaps only the heartlessness the president’s budget demonstrates for the poor, the hungry and the sick exceeds the billionaire’s absence of empathy for the federal employees who serve them. The damage President Trump’s fiscal 2018 spending plan would do to what’s left of services for those in need is well chronicled elsewhere. Here we examine […]

Trump, Hill Republicans target ‘overly generous compensation’ for feds

With President Trump targeting federal employees’ retirement programs and House Republicans taking aim at their compensation generally, Uncle Sam’s goal of being a model employer looks shaky. The administration’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal,...Show More Summary

Trump’s budget calls for hits on federal employee retirement programs

The budget proposal President Trump plans to unveil Tuesday would give to federal employees with one hand, while taking away with five others. It calls for a 1.9 percent pay raise in January for civilian workers and a 2.1 percent hike for the military. But in real terms, the civilian increase would be less than […]

Court ruling detours, but doesn’t stop efforts to curtail feds’ due process

On the same day President Trump plunged the nation into crisis by sacking the FBI director, a court ruling demonstrated the importance of due process for federal employees being fired. As a political appointee, James B. Comey didn’t have the same protection as civil servants. If some in Congress get their way, those regular working […]

VA chief urges for new power over senior staff firings after court ruling

Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin is pushing Congress to take action following an appellate court decision that blocked a rule limiting employee rights for some senior staff. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruling on Tuesday said Sharon M. Helman, the fired director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, had […]

HUD boss Carson sings a new tune about federal workers as finalists are honored for their hard work

The bacon was still on the tables at a Capitol Hill breakfast honoring federal employees Tuesday when Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson admitted to a wake-up call. He heard, he said, government employees “didn’t work very hard.” But once he actually learned about them — after he became head of a major federal […]

The “Sammies” — therapy for feds’ during tough times under Trump

Federal employees could use some good news. With President Trump’s proposed budget cuts for many agencies and the planned elimination of 19 small agencies looming, the potential loss of thousands of jobs leaves feds anxious. So, the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists announcement comes at an appropriate time. While specific federal […]

Tillerson to staff: State changes ‘really stressful’ but ultimately ‘satisfying’

In more than 6,500 words to State Department employees, Secretary Rex Tillerson traveled the world, citing its hot spots, as America’s top diplomat should do. But unlike what many top managers of agencies would do, he didn’t mention the disputed territory of budget cuts, that uncertain place where Foreign Service officers and other staffers live. […]

Trump’s ‘good shutdown’ tweet sullies spending-plan agreement

Just when a congressional spending agreement provided federal employees reason to breathe a sigh of relief, here comes another Trumpism to take their breath away. This one was in the form of a Tuesday morning tweet saying President Trump thinks a shutdown of the government could be a good thing. “Our country needs a good […]

Trump could save big bucks following report’s recommendations

If the Trump administration wants to save Uncle Sam big bucks, it doesn’t have to plan the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” as White House aide Stephen K. Bannon wants. Instead, it could do something much less dramatic and much more effective — follow the advice of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Every year since […]

Trump’s new VA office to help fire feds faster also could hurt, not protect, whistleblowers

President Trump is correct to hold federal employees accountable, even as he and his folks make every effort to squirm away from a steady flow of ethical quandaries. His executive order on “Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protections” would create an office in the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify barriers to bouncing bad workers from […]

Watchdog group, citing “integrity of civil service,” sues Trump to find out if feds are being bullied

A watchdog group led by former Obama administration lawyers filed lawsuits Thursday against three federal agencies to force them to release communications the group suspects show the Trump administration is bullying civil servants. The complaints, filed in U.S. Show More Summary

Trump drags feet on political appointees, lags behind predecessors

President Trump has found a way to cut the federal workforce while lightening the Senate’s workload as a bonus — go slow on nominating political appointees. Compared with his recent predecessors and with little time until his 100th day on Saturday, Trump lags behind their century totals in filling the high-level government positions that are […]

Federal employee pay, benefits ahead of private sector on average, CBO concludes

Federal employees on average earn slightly more than private sector workers with similar educational backgrounds, with less-educated federal employees well ahead while more highly educated ones lag behind, according to a study issued Tuesday. Show More Summary

Trump’s first 100 days: How have feds and their agencies fared?

President Trump’s first 100 days in office end Saturday. The Federal Insider would like to know the thoughts of federal employees, those charged with carrying out his polices, on this period. Below are a few questions to help us learn more about the federal workforce during this initial segment of the Trump presidency.

Support grows for small agency with big reach on Trump’s budget death row

If you say “IMLS” to most folks, even to those familiar with Uncle Sam’s endless stream of abbreviations and acronyms, you’ll get a blank stare. You can spell out the Institute of Museum and Library Services, but the recognition won’t be much better. Yet this small federal agency has extensive reach across the country, supporting […]

Dueling letters from opposing groups warn Sessions on political hiring

Dueling letters from disparate coalitions with opposing perspectives demonstrate the dangers of politically contaminated federal employment at a time when congressional Republicans are moving to weaken civil service due process protections. Show More Summary

Despite rhetoric, Trump plan focuses more on staff cuts than good government

When Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration’s plan to remake the federal government, the tough, right-wing small government advocate, sounded like a middle-of-the-road resident. “It’s not about big government, it’s not about...Show More Summary

Trump gets a VA headache: ‘serious deficiencies’ at D.C. hospital

  Now President Trump has a VA headache. It didn’t take a blistering report about unsanitary conditions and supply shortages at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the District to make Maurice Wilkins upset with the hospital. The Vietnam War vet started at the facility in 1972, stopped going for years, then returned […]

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