• As Weichert Releases OPM Reorganization Plan, Stakeholders Voice Concerns

    As Weichert Releases OPM Reorganization Plan, Stakeholders Voice Concerns

    Last week the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Acting Director Margaret Weichert and Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Acting Director Russ Vought released the legislative proposal and business case for transferring much of OPM’s duties to the General Services Administration (GSA) and OMB. While some elements of the plan received praise, criticisms have also arisen ahead of today’s hearing in the House Subcommittee on Government Operations within the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

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AFGE Hosts Congress Members at Legislative Conference

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At their legislative and grassroots mobilization conference, the American Federation for Government Employees (AFGE) announced they would push for a 5.3% pay raise for civilian and military personnel – much higher than the 1.6% in the President’s current budget proposal.

Budget Deal Close, but Hill Needs More Time

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Congressional negotiators looking to finish off the last two major legislative tasks facing the chamber – funding the government and extending a slate of popular individual and business tax breaks – are close to the finish line.

Comey Misstated Email Evidence During Senate Hearing

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FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee last week that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded "hundreds and thousands" of emails containing classified information to the home computer she shared with her husband and former New York congressman, Anthony Weiner.

Employee Groups to Congress: Hands off TSP

from the hill

As Congress works to determine if and how to fund the government past the conclusion of the fiscal year on September 30, employee groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill leaders warning them to stop discussing changes to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

EPA to Face Congressional Gauntlet over Toxic Mine Spill

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Despite Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy’s acceptance of “full responsibility” for the early-August spill of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into Colorado’s Animas River, members on Capitol Hill are eager to instill accountability on the agency.

Facing Shutdown Threat, Senate Democrats Look to Shield Feds’ Paychecks

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The confluence of a lack of progress on annual appropriations and a political battle over federal funding for women’s health organization Planned Parenthood is threatening to shut the government down after September 30 for the second time in two years.

HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO SCALE BACK VA WORKFORCE DUE PROCESS PROTECTIONS

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Legislation approved in the House last week would put the entire workforce at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the same footing as VA Senior Executives who saw their workforce protections and due process rights shrunk last year following the agency waitlist scandal.

House Passes Presidential Transitions Legislation

from the hill

As federal workers prepare for the upcoming Presidential transition, the House has passed a bipartisan bill intended remove the politics from this process.

 

Increased Scrutiny of IRS Continues

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While the additional $290 million the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) received in this year’s budget will provide for the hiring of 1,000 seasonal workers, Congress continues to focus on accountability within the agency and ways to restrict spending.

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