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    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has authorized agencies to begin implementation President Trump’s 2018 executive orders on workforce management and labor relations. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to hear the union appeal, triggering the expiration of an earlier court injunction against the orders.

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OPM Orders Implementation of Workforce Executive Orders as Injunction Expires

OPM Orders Implementation of Workforce Executive Orders as Injunction Expires

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has authorized agencies to begin implementation President Trump’s 2018 executive orders on workforce management and labor relations. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to hear the union appeal, triggering the expiration of an earlier court injunction against the orders.

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TSA Moves Away from Legacy IT Systems

TSA Moves Away from Legacy IT Systems

The Transportation Security Administration has announced its intention to better manage data using cloud solutions. In the solicitation request entitled TSA’s Cloud Strategy 2.0, the agency described how they plan to “adopt and integrate cloud based services” to better achieve their mission.

Read more

Solitude and Sniffing in New Hampshire

Solitude and Sniffing in New Hampshire

This column is the second in a series documenting the journey of FEDmanager and FEDagent Editor Maya Meltsner and her dog Huey, who are currently traveling the country in an RV to explore the federal government’s presence in each of the fifty states.  This column is brought to you by WAEPA (Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies).

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Federal Circuit: Cadet Service Cannot Help Satisfy Five-Year FERS Service Requirement

Federal Circuit: Cadet Service Cannot Help Satisfy Five-Year FERS Service Requirement

A political appointee retired from federal service after almost four years of civilian service, relying on advice from a human resources official that he could “buy back” time spent as a cadet at West Point and credit it towards the five years of civilian service required to qualify for a FERS retirement annuity. When OPM found that he was ineligible for an annuity, he appealed to the Merit Systems Protection Board, which affirmed OPM’s decision. The employee appealed. On October 2, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s decision.

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What To Do When You Lose a Loved One

What To Do When You Lose a Loved One

Part of a new eBook series from WAEPA

As the life insurance choice of over 46,000 Feds and their families, WAEPA is committed to providing Federal employees with access to products and services that promote their health, welfare, and financial well-being. As such, WAEPA has developed a “What To Do When You Lose a Loved One” eBook to support those who may be experiencing a loss, and are responsible for managing their loved ones’ affairs. This eBook is particularly helpful if you are serving as an executor of someone’s estate.

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Select Committee on Modernizing Congress Receives Task Force Memo

Select Committee on Modernizing Congress Receives Task Force Memo

Following the adoption of a House Resolution on improving the efficiency of Congress, Congress created a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to review ways to improve the chambers. To further this end, a task force assembled by the committee produced a report on the congressional capacity released this week.

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Crucial Conversations | Joseph Grenny

Crucial Conversations | Joseph Grenny

Hard conversations can be difficult to manage, as their name suggests. VitalSmarts is dedicated to making these conversations easier in the workplace.

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OPM Issues Agency Memo on Streamlining Performance Management

OPM Issues Agency Memo on Streamlining Performance Management

In a memo issued to agency leadership last week, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Dale Cabaniss provides agencies with a roadmap for streamlining performance management and dismissal policies and procedures. The memo aligns with the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) priorities on “modernizing the federal government and its workforce.”

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OPM Authorizes Emergency Leave Transfer Program for Federal Employees Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

OPM Authorizes Emergency Leave Transfer Program for Federal Employees Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

On Friday, the Office of Personnel Management announced in a release that it had authorized the use of an emergency leave transfer program (ELTP) for federal employees impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The program allows employees to transfer their own leave time to employees who must take time to recover from the storm.

Read more

Department of Energy to Focus on Tribal Critical Infrastructure

Department of Energy to Focus on Tribal Critical Infrastructure

The Department of Energy has announced their intention to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands-2020. The goal is to bring critical energy infrastructure to Native American lands that lack access to reliable electricity.

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House Legislation Takes Aim at VA Union ‘Bribes’

House Legislation Takes Aim at VA Union ‘Bribes’

Legislation introduced to the House of Representatives by Congressman Neal Dunn (R-FL) would bar the Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary from entering into collective bargaining agreements that offer “financial incentives to prospective members.” House Republicans have expressed support for the measure which union leaders have called a waste of time.

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Artificial Intelligence in the Federal Government: How AI Might Affect Federal Managers

Artificial Intelligence in the Federal Government: How AI Might Affect Federal Managers

On September 25, 2019, FMA attended the Kalaris Intelligence conference at Georgetown University. Sponsored by Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies, the theme revolved around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and national security. For federal managers and their employees, AI has the potential to become a useful tool for gathering data, sifting through that data, and accomplishing long term goals in an effective manner. FMA attended to learn more about this emerging technology, how it is currently being used, and how it can be used in the future.

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The Risk Roundtable

The Risk Roundtable

Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion on Enterprise Risk Management. The federal government is great at responding to problems, but experts across the federal community have ideas on how to make the government more proactive rather than reactive. Assessing and managing risk is an integral part of this mission.

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Bipartisan Policy Center Oversight Task Force Recommendations

Bipartisan Policy Center Oversight Task Force Recommendations

The Bipartisan Policy Center sits down on Government Matters to discuss how agencies can improve risk management efforts.

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IRS Looks to BioCatch to Verify Users

IRS Looks to BioCatch to Verify Users

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been testing several systems to authenticate the identity of individuals using their online systems to access information. The agency has pursued several authentication tools in the last few years and has now announced a sole-source contract with BioCatch for a proof-of-concept that would incorporate behavioral analytics into the agency’s eAuthentication (eAuth) system.

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MSPB September Newsletter Highlights Ways to Improve Performance Appraisals

MSPB September Newsletter Highlights Ways to Improve Performance Appraisals

In the Merit Systems Protection Board’s (MSPB) September Newsletter, Office of Policy and Evaluation Director James Read made note of the current shortfalls of the performance appraisal system and encourages agencies to make improvements. Director Read used the results of the 2016 Merit Principles Survey (MPS) as a guide for getting more out of annual reviews.

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By Land or By Sea: How the Federal Government Preserves and Protects in Maine

By Land or By Sea: How the Federal Government Preserves and Protects in Maine

This column is the first in a series documenting the journey of FEDmanager and FEDagent Editor Maya Meltsner and her dog Huey, who are currently travelling the country in an RV to explore the federal government’s presence in each of the fifty states.  This column is brought to you by WAEPA (Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies).

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Action Plan: Life Insurance Awareness Month 2019

Action Plan: Life Insurance Awareness Month 2019

Being insured by WAEPA offers more than just Group Term Life Insurance.1 After over 75 years of serving Civilian Federal Employees, our objective has remained the same: to provide access to products and services that promote the health, welfare and financial well-being of our members. In honor of September’s Life Insurance Awareness Month (also known as LIAM), we’re giving you the tools to properly review your policy.

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Plan to Protect Federal Employee Credit in Shutdown Exits House Committee On Party Line Vote

Plan to Protect Federal Employee Credit in Shutdown Exits House Committee On Party Line Vote

The House Financial Services Committee voted on Friday to advance a measure that would protect the credit of federal employees impacted by a government shutdown. While the legislation has support in the House, privacy concerns voiced by Republicans could mean the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

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Federal Managers Beware – Executive Order Implementation is Not All Good News for You

Federal Managers Beware – Executive Order Implementation is Not All Good News for You

Last week, the Office of Personnel Management proposed new regulations to implement portions of President Trump’s May 2018 Executive Order on federal employee firing and discipline. Most of the regulations are designed to help agencies discipline or terminate employees for poor performance. For example, federal employees are now given one chance to improve their performance before an agency can propose some sort of personnel action. A year ago, this sounded like the perfect solution to both managers and good performers alike. What could go wrong with a plan to hold Federal employees accountable for performance and conduct? A plan where employees maintain high standards of integrity, conduct, and concern for the public interest? A plan in which the Federal workforce would be used efficiently and effectively?

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OPM Orders Implementation of Workforce Executive Orders as Injunction Expires

OPM Orders Implementation of Workforce Executive Orders as Injunction Expires

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has authorized agencies to begin implementation President Trump’s 2018 executive orders on workforce management and labor relations. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to hear the union appeal, triggering the expiration of an earlier court injunction against the orders.

Read more

TSA Moves Away from Legacy IT Systems

TSA Moves Away from Legacy IT Systems

The Transportation Security Administration has announced its intention to better manage data using cloud solutions. In the solicitation request entitled TSA’s Cloud Strategy 2.0, the agency described how they plan to “adopt and integrate cloud based services” to better achieve their mission.

Read more

Solitude and Sniffing in New Hampshire

Solitude and Sniffing in New Hampshire

This column is the second in a series documenting the journey of FEDmanager and FEDagent Editor Maya Meltsner and her dog Huey, who are currently traveling the country in an RV to explore the federal government’s presence in each of the fifty states.  This column is brought to you by WAEPA (Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies).

Read more

Federal Circuit: Cadet Service Cannot Help Satisfy Five-Year FERS Service Requirement

Federal Circuit: Cadet Service Cannot Help Satisfy Five-Year FERS Service Requirement

A political appointee retired from federal service after almost four years of civilian service, relying on advice from a human resources official that he could “buy back” time spent as a cadet at West Point and credit it towards the five years of civilian service required to qualify for a FERS retirement annuity. When OPM found that he was ineligible for an annuity, he appealed to the Merit Systems Protection Board, which affirmed OPM’s decision. The employee appealed. On October 2, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s decision.

Read more

What To Do When You Lose a Loved One

What To Do When You Lose a Loved One

Part of a new eBook series from WAEPA

As the life insurance choice of over 46,000 Feds and their families, WAEPA is committed to providing Federal employees with access to products and services that promote their health, welfare, and financial well-being. As such, WAEPA has developed a “What To Do When You Lose a Loved One” eBook to support those who may be experiencing a loss, and are responsible for managing their loved ones’ affairs. This eBook is particularly helpful if you are serving as an executor of someone’s estate.

Read more

Crucial Conversations | Joseph Grenny

Crucial Conversations | Joseph Grenny

Hard conversations can be difficult to manage, as their name suggests. VitalSmarts is dedicated to making these conversations easier in the workplace.

Read more

OPM Issues Agency Memo on Streamlining Performance Management

OPM Issues Agency Memo on Streamlining Performance Management

In a memo issued to agency leadership last week, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Dale Cabaniss provides agencies with a roadmap for streamlining performance management and dismissal policies and procedures. The memo aligns with the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) priorities on “modernizing the federal government and its workforce.”

Read more

OPM Authorizes Emergency Leave Transfer Program for Federal Employees Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

OPM Authorizes Emergency Leave Transfer Program for Federal Employees Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

On Friday, the Office of Personnel Management announced in a release that it had authorized the use of an emergency leave transfer program (ELTP) for federal employees impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The program allows employees to transfer their own leave time to employees who must take time to recover from the storm.

Read more

Department of Energy to Focus on Tribal Critical Infrastructure

Department of Energy to Focus on Tribal Critical Infrastructure

The Department of Energy has announced their intention to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands-2020. The goal is to bring critical energy infrastructure to Native American lands that lack access to reliable electricity.

Read more

Artificial Intelligence in the Federal Government: How AI Might Affect Federal Managers

Artificial Intelligence in the Federal Government: How AI Might Affect Federal Managers

On September 25, 2019, FMA attended the Kalaris Intelligence conference at Georgetown University. Sponsored by Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies, the theme revolved around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and national security. For federal managers and their employees, AI has the potential to become a useful tool for gathering data, sifting through that data, and accomplishing long term goals in an effective manner. FMA attended to learn more about this emerging technology, how it is currently being used, and how it can be used in the future.

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