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Democrats say Trump to seek federal pay freeze and cuts to domestic security

President Trump will propose a pay freeze for federal employees and cut domestic security programs in fiscal 2019, according to reports released by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Democrats. The two reports are based on budget guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, dated Nov. 28, overruling Department of Homeland Security  requests. […]

Federal report finds regression for black managers in financial services industry

Anyone who works to improve workplace diversity and inclusion, in the federal government or the private sector, knows progress isn’t a straight line. And statistics indicating progress do not always tell the whole story. A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) demonstrates that. The GAO examined diversity trends in the financial services industry from […]

Q&A for federal workers: Gift policies

Question: Our office has holiday parties and gift exchanges. Could we be violating ethics rules? Answer: Ethics rules do not prohibit one federal employee from giving a gift to another, or accepting a gift from another, as long as personal friendship justifies the gift and they are not in the same chain of command. However, […]

Open season for feds closes Monday. It’s not too late to consider health plans.

Open season for the nation’s largest, employer-sponsored health insurance program closes soon. The period when federal employees can select an insurance plan from the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program began Nov. 13 and generally will end at midnight Monday. Just so there’s no confusion: That’s Monday at 11:59:59 p.m. But Uncle Sam resists simple, […]

Top federal civil servants honored with presidential awards

During these crazy times in Washington, it’s refreshing to take a good news break. Recent headlines in this space told depressing and infuriating tales of sexual abuse, poor government service and leadership vacuums. But not today. This...Show More Summary

Despite Trump, federal employee morale improves under Trump

If the top office on my job was unexpectedly filled with a racist, Islamophobe caught boasting about groping women, it would hurt my morale. Not so, apparently, with many federal employees. Although President Trump has repeatedly disgraced the nation, not to mention proposing cuts to federal employees’ retirement and their workplaces, the morale of federal […]

Q&A for federal workers: Harassment in the workplace

Question: Has there been a recent study of sexual harassment in the federal workplace? Answer: The Merit Systems Protection Board is working on a report on that topic and recently issued preliminary findings from a survey it conducted last year. It showed that 18 percent of women and 6 percent of men reported experiencing at least one […]

Tech sector needs Uncle Sam’s help on diversity

The technology sector is the vanguard of innovation, but it still looks like a good ol’ boys network. Not only is it made up overwhelmingly of white men, but the percentage of tech workers who are black decreased in recent years, while the portion of women in the industry was stagnant and the level of […]

Hill’s workplace rights agency points to Congress for lack of transparency

When Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) described the ordeal congressional employees face when reporting sexual harassment as “not a victim friendly process … an institution-protection process,” shade fell on the congressional Office of Compliance. Show More Summary

House to vote on lengthening trial period for federal employees from one to two years

Newly hired federal employees would have to serve a two-year probationary period, double the current standard, before attaining full civil service job protections, under a bill ready for a House vote Thursday. The measure represents the latest step in what is amounting to a piecemeal civil service reform being advanced by Republicans in Congress focusing […]

Q&A for federal workers: Pay parity

Question: What is this “pay parity” the federal employee unions are asking for? Answer: It’s the concept that federal employees should receive the same annual raise as military personnel. That was the common, although informal, practice for about two decades until it ended about 10 years ago. Since then it has been hit or miss. […]

Appeals agency backlog reflects Trump’s foot-dragging on appointments, hindering services

Be thankful if you don’t have a case before the Merit Systems Protection Board. If you do, be grateful for patience — you’ll need lots of it. The MSPB, little known outside of federal employment circles, is designed to be a guardian against unfair treatment of federal employees when, for example, they are dismissed or […]

Q&A for federal workers: Medicare and the FEHBP

Question: Should I switch to a lower-cost Federal Employees Health Benefits Program plan now that I’m retired and under Medicare? Answer: For federal retirees with both, Medicare pays first and the FEHBP covers some things Medicare doesn’t, similar to a Medigap plan. In that situation, “individuals should consider what additional benefits they are getting for […]

Foreign Service leadership being ‘decapitated’ and ‘depleted at a dizzying speed’

When President Trump reported on his trip to Asia, he heaped praise on himself and said the nation’s “standing in the world has never been stronger than it is right now.” Using “I” 42 times in his 23-minute speech Wednesday, he declared “NATO, believe me, is very happy with Donald Trump and what I did,” […]

House takes up sexual abuse by its own

Rep. Barbara Comstock’s calm, deliberate tone and the stately Longworth House Office Building hearing room where she spoke belied the depravity of the story she told. The Northern Virginia Republican said a current male member of Congress had a young, female staffer deliver materials to his home. He greeted his employee clad in a towel. […]

Q&A for federal workers: FEHBP premium anomaly

Question: I’m planning to elect self plus one coverage in the FEHBP for next year but that costs more in my plan than family coverage. Can that be right? Answer: The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers self only, family and self plus one options. As in past years, in some plans — 39 of the […]

Court rejects ouster of No. 2 leader from largest federal union

In a striking setback for the leadership of the largest federal union, a U.S. district court has reversed the ouster of the labor organization’s second highest official, who is a political opponent of the No. 1 boss. The removal of Eugene Hudson Jr., once and apparently again the elected secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of […]

IRS chief departs, blasting Congress for budget cuts threatening tax agency

Leaving can be liberating. Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) have demonstrated that with their caustic criticisms of President Trump. Now it’s John Koskinen’s turn. Thursday is his last day as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, allowing his bluntness about Congress on Tuesday. He started with a veiled dig near the […]

Congress approves wider withdrawal choices for Thrift Savings Plan investors

Federal employees and military personnel would have a wider range of options in withdrawing money from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts under a bill that has cleared Congress. The Senate on Monday joined the House in passing a bill largely aimed at encouraging investors to keep their money in the 401(k)-style program after leaving federal or […]

Q&A for federal workers: Open season options

Question: I’m happy with my benefits. Can’t I just sit out the open season coming up? Answer: You can, but that doesn’t mean nothing will change. From Nov. 13 through Dec. 11, federal workers not in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program may join for 2018 — retirees generally can’t newly enroll. Anyone already enrolled […]

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