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The State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report this month assessing the impact of a hiring freeze within the department. The report found the freeze to have wide ranging negative impacts, particularly on the Trump administration's long term reform goals. The challenges continued after the freeze was lifted.
Last week, 53 college students completed a 10-week fellowship with the federal government called Coding it Forward, where they worked within agencies to improve data and technology projects. During their final presentations, several students discussed the importance of attracting young people to public service and opportunities for the government to improve their recruitment strategy.
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Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO) has teamed up with Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) to introduce legislation that would create a single federal standard for use of force. Clay and Khanna held a press conference Friday to introduce the measure aimed at combating misuse of force by law enforcement.
White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney changed the narrative this weekend on the administration’s plan to relocate federal employees out of the nation’s capital. Originally, the proposal to move several agencies was explained for logistical reasons. This weekend, Mulvaney described it as a desire to encourage federal employees to quit their positions.
During a committee hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held last week, federal human resource executives urged Congress not to provide agencies with new hiring authorities. The HR professionals argued these authorities complicate a process and are rarely used properly.
Before heading out for August Recess, the Senate passed a measure to reform the presidential transition process. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced the 2019 Presidential Transitions Enhancement Act in February to address transitional issues discussed during the Obama-Trump transition.
The Senate has a lot of business to tend to when it returns from its State Work Period on September 9. Most notably, it will have barely three weeks before the end of the current fiscal year to pass appropriations to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) and prevent another government shutdown. Among the other important priorities on the Senate’s plate is finally confirming nominees for the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the primary appeals board for federal employees.
Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion on the transition between college and government. The guests will cover how the federal government is currently struggling to recruit and retain young people in public service. Guests will also highlight projects by both government entities and stakeholders to encourage individuals to join the next generation of federal government work.
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report Friday critiquing agencies for neglecting to implement basic cybersecurity practices despite thousands of recommendations for action. Auditors attributed the lack of security protocol to improper oversight as well as a lack of understanding on the part of agency leaders regarding the present threats.
The National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) has filed suit against the Postal Service in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of 45,000 supervisors, managers, postmasters, and technical specialists in their organization who believe they are underpaid. NAPS is seeking pay increases that would be mostly retroactive, covering the period from 2016 through 2019.
A bill introduced by Representative Francis Rooney (R-FL) would prevent federal employees from engaging in some union activity, known as “official time,” while on the job. Currently, federal employees who serve as representatives for their agency’s official union have the statutory right to perform certain union duties while at work. The legislation, H.R. 4090, would eliminate this right.
Some employees use passive aggression to avoid conflict. This approach can cause issues to bubble up and blow over. Here are ways to identify and combat passive aggression.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has expressed concerns regarding the 2020 Decennial Census for several years. A new report calls for immediate action by the Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau to avert risks to cost, quality, scheduling, and the security of the enumeration.
To assist agencies in the push toward fully electronic record keeping, the General Services Administration (GSA) has teamed up with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to create a new market research tool to help agencies identify the vendor services that are most suitable for their records management needs. The new Electronic Records Management (ERM) portal is located on the GSA Discovery Site.
Federal service has its own thrills, challenges, and culture. Civilian Federal Employees are impacted by political decisions and evolving agency landscapes, all while working to create tangible, long-lasting impacts on the country. If you’re a Federal employee, you likely take pride in your dedication to public service. No matter where you are in your career, our list of 5 Underrated Skills That Make You Invaluable in Federal Service can help you add polish to your professional reputation.
On Monday, congressional leadership announced a deal brokered with the White House on spending levels for FY2020. The deal would lift the nation’s debt limit for two years to avoid massive spending cuts. Leaders in both chambers have called for a vote on the deal before the August recess. While this sets top line spending numbers, Congress must still appropriate these funds to avoid another government shutdown.
We all like our social media, but is it worth losing your job over? In just a few short years, social media has become a ubiquitous commodity in the workplace. It allows for employees to make and support professional connections, to collaborate easily and effectively, and to share necessary information in real time. Many agencies have embraced the technology in recent years and use it quite effectively to raise awareness about important public issues, as a crisis communication tool during emergencies, and to build public trust by offering authenticity and transparency.