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This week, hundreds of employees at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) were notified that the agency would be relocating two of its components to new locations outside Washington, D.C., while a third component would be relocated to D.C. proper.
Jeff Pon, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, released a memo for Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCOs) across government this week, highlighting special considerations within the D.C. Metropolitan area in light of the city’s transportation improvement initiative, which has intermittently hobbled certain portions of the area’s Metro system.
While government jobs are known for their stability, they are not necessarily renowned for their pay scales. Fortunately, one of the perks of being a federal employee is that many companies are willing to thank public servants by offering them discounts on almost anything, from computers and cell phones to hotels and flights. Such discounts and deals are provided exclusively to federal employees and their families. To capitalize on these savings, be on the lookout for the following essential federal employee discounts:
You probably didn’t know that the Okinawan government has an office in DC. Their main mission is to inform American federal staff, Congress, and the American people of what is happening regarding the relationship between Okinawan people and the U.S. military bases on Okinawa. Okinawa represents 0.6% of Japan, but hosts over 70% of the U.S. exclusive military bases in Japan. The office also has been building closer ties with Okinawan communities in the U.S. The Okinawan communities were present at the Cherry Blossom Festival and performed on stage.
This weekend, NASA launched its Parker Solar Probe, which is destined to “revolutionize our understanding of the sun” when the craft flies through the punishing heat of the sun’s outer atmosphere.
Why do arguments change people’s minds in some cases and backfire in others? Hugo Mercier explains how arguments are more convincing when they rest on a good knowledge of the audience, taking into account what the audience believes, who they trust, and what they value.
According to a new report released by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), the office has witnessed a significant spike in outreach from private citizens.
According to an exclusive story from Federal News Radio’s Nicole Ogrysko, “multiple sources say the Trump administration is preparing an executive order to authorize and implement the transfer of the governmentwide security clearance program from the Office of Personnel Management and National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to the Pentagon.”
The Government Managers Coalition – a group of federal employee groups representing federal managers from numerous federal agencies – has sent a letter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee outlining its vision for civil service modernization. The letter was sent in response to a request from OGR Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who asked for specific ideas during a May 16th hearing featuring testimony from Bill Valdez, President of the Senior Executives Association, the GMC group responsible for spearheading the letter.
According to new data released this week by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the rate of federal workers filing retirement claims has increased by 16 percent over the same period last year, with nearly 70,000 federal employees filing for retirement since January, compared to just under 60,000 claims filed between January and July of last year.