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Appointee Watch: Several Steps Forward, One Step Back

2:33 PM ET As President Trump continues to roll out nominations to key administration posts, he received a setback in the form of an appointee’s withdrawal from consideration. Todd Ricketts, who was chosen last November to serve as deputy secretary in the Commerce Department, removed himself from consideration due to difficulty disentangling himself...

TSP Director Resigns After a Decade on the Job

April 24, 2017 This story has been updated. Thrift Savings Plan Executive Director Greg Long said Monday he is stepping down from the position, in part to focus on finishing his MBA. He announced his resignation at the TSP governing board’s monthly meeting—his last after a decade-long tenure. Long was first appointed to...

Democratic Congressman Wants to Move More Agencies Out of D.C., Too

April 21, 2017 Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s days in Washington may be numbered, but another lawmaker already has taken up his idea to move more federal agencies out of the nation’s capital. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, on Thursday introduced the Federal Government Decentralization Commission Act (H.R. 2112), which would establish a commission...

Lawmakers Propose Restoring Defense Per Diem Rates

April 20, 2017 A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced bills in both chambers of Congress last week that would restore per diem rates for Defense Department military and civilian employees on extended government travel. The issue has been a sore spot for Defense personnel and members of Congress since the Pentagon first implemented...

A Guide to Your Pay and Benefits During a Government Shutdown, and More

April 19, 2017 When lawmakers return to Washington next week, they will have only a few days to approve a spending measure in order to avert a government shutdown beginning April 29. It remains unclear whether Congress and the White House can come to an agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the...

Appointee Watch: Trump Names Officials to Ex-Im Bank, State Dept. and More

April 18, 2017 President Trump made more progress in recent days toward filling the federal government’s long list of political appointments, naming his picks for two vacancies at the embattled Export-Import Bank as well as for positions at a smattering of other agencies. Trump chose former Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., to serve as...

Advocacy Groups Warn Against ‘Illegal’ Hiring Practices at Justice

April 14, 2017 A collection of 23 progressive and public interest advocacy organizations and former White House ethics officer Norman Eisen penned a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week urging him not to let political considerations influence hiring decisions at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The group stressed that federal...

OMB’s Budget Guidance Draws Mixed Reaction From Employee Groups

April 13, 2017 Organizations representing federal employees and managers expressed a mix of optimism and skepticism in response to Wednesday’s guidance to agencies from the Office of Management and Budget. The memo ends the temporary hiring freeze that President Trump imposed in January, but instructs agencies to come up with plans by June...

Predicted Federal Retirement Spike Hasn’t Materialized, But a Pay Raise Has

April 12, 2017 The big news this week is Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s budget guidance to federal agencies, which ends the hiring freeze that began Jan. 23 but requires departments to come up with plans to reduce spending and shrink the federal workforce. Mulvaney confirmed that President Trump’s fiscal...

Appointee Watch: The Trump Administration Takes Shape

April 10, 2017 It’s a daunting task to staff a new administration. There are about 4,000 political appointee positions across government, 1,100 of which require Senate confirmation. Staffing these jobs will be essential to carrying out the president’s agenda. While President Trump named his cabinet picks relatively quickly, he’s lagged in filling lower...

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