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Feds’ best places to work might not be so good for long

The best places to work in the federal government won’t be very good very long if President Trump gets his budget. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) issued that warning in his opening statement to a House hearing last week. The Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee session was called to explore the annual Best Places to […]

EPA staffer leaves with a bang, blasting agency policies under Trump

When Mike Cox quit, he did so with gusto. After 25 years, he retired last week from the Environmental Protection Agency with a tough message for the boss, Administrator Scott Pruitt. “I, along with many EPA staff, are becoming increasing alarmed about the direction of EPA under your leadership … ” Cox said in a […]

New withdrawal options for TSP investors proposed

Federal employees would have more options for withdrawing their retirement savings from the Thrift Savings Plan, their 401(k)-style program, under a new bill designed in part to encourage more of them keep their money in the TSP after leaving the government. A bill offered Thursday by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) […]

Democrats call for largest IRS budget to improve service as Trump calls for cuts

If President Trump is such a good deal maker, why is he proposing to cut $239 million from the money-making, but ailing Internal Revenue Service? Does this businessman know the IRS provides excellent returns on investment? For every dollar the agency spends, it collects $4. Its enforcement activities do even better: $1 returns six. Yet, […]

Agencies prepare for federal employee layoffs, furloughs

The Trump administration might be best known for major defeats and repeated deceit, but that doesn’t stop it from being prepared — prepared to fire and furlough feds. Two reports issued by the Office of Personnel Management are designed to help agencies prepare for employee layoffs, a.k.a reductions in force (RIFs) and compulsory unpaid leaves. Layoffs […]

Energy Department whistleblower finally gets justice, despite agency neglect

Sandra Black did the right thing — and was fired. Her bosses at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), a Department of Energy contractor, did the wrong thing, repeatedly. For them — no apparent consequences. While Savannah River is the villain in this saga, it also points to neglect in the department’s protection of whistleblowers at […]

In a first for the government, dogs will be welcome at the Interior Department

  The Cabinet secretary who rode a horse to work on his first day is letting his employees bring their dogs to the office. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will announce in an email to employees Thursday morning the start of “Doggy Days at Interior,” a program that will launch with test runs at the agency’s […]

Trump withdraws reappointment nomination of popular whistleblower advocate

Truth tellers are especially important and potentially vulnerable in an administration afflicted with serial mendacity. An important refuge from management retaliation for federal truth tellers — a.k.a. whistleblowers — is the Office...Show More Summary

Trump will propose 1.9 percent raise for federal workers

The Trump administration, after announcing plans to slash spending across much of the government, will recommend a 1.9 percent raise for federal workers to take effect in January, according to a budget document and a senior budget official. The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said agencies have been told by the White […]

Overshadowed executive order sets stage for threatened federal programs, workforce. Layoffs loom

Welcome to Trumpland — a place of endangered domestic programs and a threatened federal workforce. “Hard power” is Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s description of President Trump’s proposed budget. Hardhearted is another. Show More Summary

What is a RIF? A federal worker’s guide to the Trump budget

President Trump’s budget proposal raises the prospect of massive layoffs across the federal government. While his proposals must be approved by Congress, the magnitude of the proposed cuts has put the dreaded acronym RIF — otherwise known as reduction in force — back in the Washington vocabulary. We asked our resident federal workforce guru, staff […]

Anxiety, fear, uncertainty mark federal employees awaiting Trump’s budget

Take a heap of anxiety, add a chunk of fear, throw in big pile of uncertainty. Mix and boil for a federal employee moral-busting stew, with a bad aftertaste. The main ingredient — the budget plan President Trump presents this week — is sure to be the most distasteful. His expected proposal to cut $54 […]

Federal workforce early target of Trump’s ‘deconstruction’ era

Republicans are divided on the best way to deprive millions of their health-care coverage, but they are a cohesive pack when it comes to ganging up on the federal workforce. In separate actions over a few days, House and Senate Republicans moved to undercut worker due process rights, weaken labor organizations and protect companies with […]

Democrats wage uphill battle against bill targeting federal-union representatives

House Democrats were resolute — and loquacious — but were unable to derail the latest Republican move to significantly weaken federal labor unions. After seemingly endless discussion Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform...Show More Summary

Republicans launch new tactic in latest attack on federal unions

Newly emboldened congressional Republicans are taking a novel approach to their longtime efforts to undermine federal employee unions. Official time, which allows labor leaders a limited range of activities while being paid by the government, has been a favorite target. Rather than trying to outlaw it directly, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on […]

GOPers say they want to punish alleged sexual predators in government. Ryan Zinke has a test case.

On his first day as Interior Secretary last week, Ryan Zinke sent his 70,000 employees a stern email on ethics, warning them, “I expect us to do better” after a pattern of “lapses in judgment by a few employees.”  Days before his swearing-in, the agency’s watchdog published an investigation that disclosed a pattern of sexual harassment by […]

GOP, Democrats blast TSA for withholding information

A hard-hitting, bipartisan congressional oversight hearing is good government at work — especially if you like blood sports. It can be a brutal experience for an agency head in the hot seat when Republicans and Democrats are rightly and mutually disgusted with a bureaucracy’s performance and its leaders. That was the case with Huban A. […]

Democrats rally with federal employees facing tough times under Trump

A bicameral but uni-partisan parade of legislators rallied with federal employees outside the Capitol on Thursday in a vigorous display of support for their pay, benefits and jobs. Seven representatives and one senator joined members of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) in an enthusiastic demand for fair pay, fair play and respect. “In times […]

Feds wage uphill fight against Trump’s budget cuts

When President Trump describes his ascension to power his self-absorption sounds almost biblical. “Finally, the chorus became an earthquake,” he told a joint session of Congress Tuesday, “and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand: that America must put its own […]

Trump’s budget plan brings uncertainty, layoff fears

Leave it to Donald Trump to bring a cold front to Washington’s warm winter. His plan to cut $54 billion in domestic discretionary spending could make his hiring freeze look like a sunny day. Yet the president’s budget plans are so vague at this point, federal employees don’t know how to dress. They should prepare […]

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