• 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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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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US Postal Service Explores Self-Driving Vehicles

US Postal Service Explores Self-Driving Vehicles

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.

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How I Save Over $427 a Year with WAEPA

How I Save Over $427 a Year with WAEPA

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.

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Asian Americans in the Workplace

Asian Americans in the Workplace

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and in this week’s video, Asian- and Pacific Islander-Americans discuss how they retain culture and identity in the American workforce.

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Federal CIO Council Launches Coding Challenge

Federal CIO Council Launches Coding Challenge

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.

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Federal Executive Boards Release Annual Report for FY 2018

Federal Executive Boards Release Annual Report for FY 2018

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.

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Long Term Planning and Supplemental Insurance Options for Feds

Long Term Planning and Supplemental Insurance Options for Feds

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.

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Executive Order 13839: Reflections on Accountability and Streamlined Disciplinary Actions

Executive Order 13839: Reflections on Accountability and Streamlined Disciplinary Actions

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.

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HR Rescue: Addressing Employee Mental Health Issues

HR Rescue: Addressing Employee Mental Health Issues

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.

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White House Recognizes ‘Exceptional’ Members of Federal Workforce

White House Recognizes ‘Exceptional’ Members of Federal Workforce

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.

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