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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.
The US Postal Service has begun a two-week trial of self-driving carrier trucks in three southwestern states. The pilot partnership with San Diego based startup TuSimple would use autonomous vehicles to move mail between Phoenix and Dallas in an effort to improve delivery times and costs.
This article is written by Brandon Jones
During my tenure as a Civilian Federal Employee, I was tuned into various Federal programs, like the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), health options during Open Season, and other auxiliary benefits. I was not aware, however, that Feds have options beyond FEGLI for life insurance coverage. It was only until I joined the private sector that I heard about WAEPA, a nonprofit that’s been exclusively serving Civilian Federal Employees with Group Term Life Insurance* for more than 75 years.
The Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council has launched a new effort to attract top information technology (IT) talent to the federal government. The Council’s coding challenge builds upon a common private sector hiring technique to allow potential government employees to showcase their coding skills while facing real world tech challenges.
The Federal Executive Board (FEB) National Network has produced an annual report detailing the groups’ achievements during FY 2018. The Boards connect strategic partners across federal, state, and local government to facilitate cooperation on various initiatives. This year’s report focused on three primary issue areas: emergency preparedness, employee safety, and security; workforce development and support; and strategic partnerships.
Weighing the pros and cons of various insurance options can be difficult. Tune into FEDtalk this Friday for a clear explanation of the long term planning and supplemental insurance options available to federal employees.
As we quickly approach the one-year anniversary of the Executive Order Promoting Accountability & Streamlining Removal Procedures Consistent with Merit System Principles, we at FEDS Protection believe that while the Executive Order may not have had the impact on the overall federal workforce many anticipated, the spillover effects on the lives of federal managers has left them vulnerable to unprecedented rates of discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower reprisal allegations.
While it may be easy to ignore invisible illnesses for both the employer and the employee, these diseases can be just as debilitating as visible illnesses. May is Mental Health Awareness Month so The HR Shield offers advice on addressing mental health issues with employees.
On Monday the White House announced recipients of the Gears of Government Award, intended to highlight dedicated public servants in the federal workforce. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) honored 24 federal employees at seven federal agencies with President’s Awards.