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1 Will Biden give federal employees a shot in the arm?
2 Even after signing a new contract, EPA and AFGE are still at odds over telework
3 Agency reopening strategies earn criticism from both sides of the aisle
4 So goes 2020: Post-Election Day Hatch Act guidance for feds is anything but simple
5 OPM pauses all agency diversity and inclusion training amid mandatory review
6 A few more things to know about the paid parental leave program
7 Telework may be the recruitment and retention solution agencies — and Congress — are looking for
8 Lankford: Time to ‘reinvent the wheel’ on telework in federal workforce
9 Salary Council appointee resigns, calls Schedule F executive order a ‘red line’
10 Agencies see success in customer journey maps — now employees are getting their own
11 Annual leave carryover, new anti-discrimination safeguards for feds in House NDAA
12 Trump gives most federal employees day off on Christmas Eve
13 Va. congressman worried about payroll tax deferral, Schedule F’s impact on feds post-Trump
14 VA shares recipes for success with new customer experience ‘cookbook’ for agencies
15 State Department, VA detail initial COVID-19 vaccination plans for employees
16 Senators worried new VA accountability office appointment poses conflict of interest
17 Recent employee reorganizations raise questions about OPM-GSA merger, union says
18 Congress will let federal employees carry over more annual leave into 2021
19 Agencies get more help distributing COVID-19 relief in $2.3T catch-all
20 Inauguration Day is still a holiday for most teleworking feds in the D.C. region
21 Omnibus endorses 1% federal pay raise, gives feds more time to repay deferred payroll taxes
22 Congress, employee groups ramp up pressure to block Schedule F executive order
23 OPM tells workforce the merger with GSA is off, but new concerns arise
24 Annual leave will be easily restored for ‘essential’ employees during pandemic, OPM says
25 New Senate bill requires agencies to brush up diversity and inclusion plans
26 VA warns of ‘long process’ to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to employees and veterans
27 EPA ‘facility dashboard’ guides reopening decisions, other agencies plan for employees’ return
28 What’s left on the end-of-year to-do list? Just about everything!
29 Unions still see problems with emergency paid sick leave at SSA, VA
30 Federal employees will pay nearly 5% more toward health premiums in 2021
31 New executive order could strip civil service protections from ‘wide swaths’ of federal workforce
32 In implementing recent hiring EO, OPM review reveals popular federal jobs
33 Senate Democrats introduce new bill to block Schedule F executive order
34 VA data breach exposes personal information for 46,000 veterans
35 Some agencies are super positive about telework. How long will it last?
36 VA data breach also hit 17,000 community care providers, senators say
37 Court dismisses union lawsuit over OSC Hatch Act advice on impeachment
38 First Amendment may protect feds who run afoul of Trump diversity EO, attorneys say
39 VA’s latest IT project? A digital GI bill transformation
40 FEMA calls workplace harassment and discrimination findings ‘alarming’ and ‘unacceptable’
41 Calculating your 2021 take-home pay requires some serious mental gymnastics
42 House Democrats demand immediate stop to Schedule F executive order
43 Federal workforce needs to be a priority — no really, a top priority this time, advocates say
44 Agencies cut official time by 28% in 2019, per latest OPM data
45 VA marking milestone with initial EHR rollout, but long-term road ahead still unclear
46 OPM proposes new limits on back pay for federal employees, unions
47 Updated: GSA management over OPM building would cost the agency millions, IG says
48 EPA employees fear phase three reopening, declare ‘no confidence’ in agency safety efforts
49 Fewer feds are retiring in 2020, and yes, the pandemic is (partly) to blame
50 Certain unconscious bias training is OK for federal contractors, Labor says
51 The Combined Federal Campaign is back — and now completely virtual
52 With deadline looming, USCIS employees brace for furloughs
53 Federal pay parity for civilian employees should continue in 2021, House members say
54 OPM nominee insists past rhetoric is behind him, says discrimination has no place in government
55 USCIS pushes potential furlough date for 13,400 employees back to August
56 No — you can’t wear your political campaign shirt on a work Zoom call, OSC says
57 With judge’s recent decision, employees can pursue long fight for 2018 shutdown pay
58 What the payroll tax deferral means for your wallet — and what you’ll pay back in 2021
59 USCIS cancels impending employee furloughs days ahead of deadline
60 Furlough notices arrive for some 13,400 USCIS employees
61 With majority of EPA offices starting to reopen, union prepares to bargain over reentry plans
62 Senators push for max telework in next coronavirus relief package
63 Administration’s reopening plans ‘unsafe’ for federal employees, senators say
64 House Democrats propose health insurance flexibilities for feds during coronavirus
65 What it will take for agencies to implement Trump’s federal hiring EO
66 VA moving too slowly to address sexual harassment failures within its workforce, Congress says
67 TSP hires new vendor to take the plan into the 21st century
68 Energy sets ‘phase one’ reopening date for employees in D.C. region on June 8
69 White House details how agencies should call back federal employees, resume ‘normal’ operations
70 Meet the agency transition teams for President-Elect Biden
71 USPS won’t implement payroll tax deferral after reviewing impact on employees
72 Non-negotiable: all military members will be subject to Trump’s payroll tax deferral
73 Traveling in 2021? Expect few changes to annual per diem rates next year
74 With coronavirus cases surging, VA’s ‘fourth mission’ now covers 46 states, Wilkie says
75 A bill to make the payroll tax deferral optional, and others worth watching
76 With improved financial outlook, USCIS buys more time to avoid employee furloughs
77 Leading a remote workforce requires different mix of flexibility, empathy, managers say
78 Former VA CHCO steered $5M training and development contract to friends, IG says
79 Certain term, temporary employees can serve for longer under new OPM regulatory fix
80 Federal employee health programs are ‘essential services’ during future shutdowns, OPM says
81 Third time’s the charm? VA sets new date for initial electronic health record rollout
82 Lawmakers seem to agree the Presidential Transition Act could use some work
83 Interior long planned for BLM relocation, but leasing cost concerns weren’t the driving factor
84 Cabaniss resigns as OPM director
85 OPM offers up its own take on reopening its facilities
86 Federal agencies in DC open but with ‘maximum telework’ flexibilities, OMB says
87 Black Lives Matter support, slogans are OK at the federal office, OSC says
88 Payroll tax deferral will kick in for military, civilian feds next week
89 VA’s pandemic hiring spree continues, but Congress wishes reforms could have taken place years ago
90 Federal employees can’t opt out of payroll tax deferral, agency says
91 Vague OMB guidance on payroll tax deferral leaves many questions unanswered
92 Let the people work — in the office, for the kids
93 What they’re saying about the payroll tax deferral
94 CIO Council recommends new pay system to better recruit, retain future federal IT workforce
95 House committee clears NDAA with federal paid parental leave fix
96 As the intelligence community returns to work, employees confront new anxieties
97 OPM will allow certain federal employees to hold on to unused annual leave during pandemic
98 Trump taps HUD appointee to be new OPM director
99 VA doesn’t have the personal protective equipment it needs to handle second pandemic wave
100 Agencies should ensure employees are ‘telework ready’ amid coronavirus concerns, OPM says