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Agency Jobs Watch: More Details on EPA Buyouts, and Interior Joins the Crowd

June 22, 2017 This list was updated on June 22 with information from the Interior Department and more details on the Environmental Protection Agency's buyout program. The Office of Management and Budget has lifted President Trump’s hiring freeze for federal agencies, freeing them to take a more “surgical” approach to downsizing and reshaping...

New Ebook: Government's Catch 22 Performance Problem

May 30, 2017 President Trump has broad plans to reform the federal bureaucracy. In various forums, the president and his deputies have stressed the need to streamline operations, refocus on key priorities, improve performance and cut costs. But unless the administration replaces the traditional, control-oriented approach to organizing and managing government employees, any...

Another Shutdown Watch, Potential RIFs, Rescinding Bonuses and More

March 29, 2017 There’s a lot of anxiety about the Trump administration’s budget plan for 2018, but a more immediate issue for federal employees is the 2017 budget. Agencies are funded only through April 28 under a continuing resolution passed last year. If lawmakers can’t reach agreement on a spending package before then,...

Budget Cuts, a Retirement Scam, the Latest on the 2018 Pay Raise, and More

March 22, 2017 President Trump’s much-anticipated “skinny budget” released last week followed through on the new administration’s promise of substantial spending cuts in most areas except defense and border security. The budget blueprint unveiled Thursday would -- as expected -- boost Defense Department spending by $54 billion and Homeland Security by $2.8 billion....

Looming Budget Cuts, New Education Benefits and More

March 15, 2017 Federal employees are bracing for news about the administration’s plans for the federal workforce contained in President Trump’s 2018 budget, the thumbnail version of which is set to be released early Thursday. Deep cuts appear to be in the offing, perhaps most notably at the Environmental Protection Agency, given the...

Washington-Area Agencies Open Under 3-Hour Delay

March 14, 2017 As a late-season winter storm hit the northeastern United States, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday morning that federal agencies in the Washington area would open three hours late. "Non-emergency employees who report to the office will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for up to 3 hours past...

The Return of Furloughs, Suspending G Fund Investments and More

March 8, 2017 Military bases continue to feel the effects of President Trump’s hiring freeze. Commissaries are starting to experience longer lines, the Military Times reports, and military exchange service hours have been reduced at some facilities. Lawmakers are attempting to mitigate the effects of the freeze by advocating more exemptions and ensuring...

TSP’s Winning Streak and Other Good News

March 1, 2017 February continued a solid growth streak for the Thrift Savings Plan, with all of its funds ending the month in the black. Common stocks in the C Fund were the top performers for the month, increasing 3.97 percent. They were up 5.95 percent for 2017. Here are the details for...

DHS to Solicit Proposals for ‘Wall Structures’ on Southern Border

February 24, 2017 The Homeland Security Department on Friday said it planned to issue a solicitation on March 6 for “the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico.” Customs and Border Protection will handle the procurement, according to the presolicitation notice posted...

The Hiring Freeze Takes a Toll on One Benefit, a Petition for a TSP Tweak and More

February 22, 2017 Federal employees’ biggest fear about President Trump’s hiring freeze may be that it could add to their workload if colleagues leave and aren’t replaced. But as families on at least two military bases are finding out, the moratorium on hiring may also affect the delivery of workplace benefits. The freeze...