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Senate Confirms Kirstjen Nielsen to Lead Homeland Security

December 5, 2017 By a vote of 62-37, Senate lawmakers confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to become the sixth secretary of Homeland Security, and the first with prior experience at the department. Nielsen formerly headed the offices of Legislative Policy and Government Affairs at the Transportation Security Administration before serving as former Homeland Security Secretary...

Trump Signs TSP Modernization Act Into Law

November 17, 2017 President Trump late Friday signed into law the TSP Modernization Act (H.R.3031), making it easier for participants in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement program to manage their investments. The law will allow federal employees and retirees to make multiple age-based withdrawals from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts and remain eligible...

Bill Adding Flexibility to TSP Withdrawals Is Headed to Trump’s Desk

November 7, 2017 The Senate on Monday passed by unanimous consent a bill giving participants in federal employees’ 401(k)-style retirement savings program more options in managing their investments, sending the bipartisan measure to President Trump’s desk. The TSP Modernization Act (H.R. 3031) would allow federal employees and retirees to make multiple age-based withdrawals...

Agency Jobs Watch: Education Offers Buyouts and Early Retirement

October 30, 2017 This list was updated on Oct. 30 with information from the Education Department. 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 their workforces. OMB does not plan to micromanage the efforts,...

HHS Secretary Resigns After Controversy Over Use of Private Charter Aircraft

September 29, 2017 Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Friday resigned, following revelations that he used private charter aircraft for official travel at taxpayers’ expense. President Trump had said earlier this week that he was not happy with Price’s use of the charter flights, and answered “We’ll see,” when asked if...

HUD Chief Carson Didn’t Violate Hatch Act at Trump Rally, Watchdog Finds

September 11, 2017 Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson did not violate the Hatch Act when he was introduced in his official capacity during an August rally for President Trump, the Office of Special Counsel has determined. Carson was introduced at the Arizona rally by a White House staffer, and did not...

Feds Send Additional Inspectors to Florida Nuclear Power Plants

September 8, 2017 As Hurricane Irma barrelled toward Florida, federal regulators on Friday said they had deployed additional inspectors to two nuclear power plants potentially in Irma's path. The Category 5 storm was expected to make landfall on Sunday. The Turkey Point nuclear plant, south of Miami, and the St. Lucie nuclear plant...

Dueling Proposals for Feds’ Retirement Benefits, More Flexibility on TSP Withdrawals and More

July 19, 2017 Federal retirement benefits are now in the crosshairs of both the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. House Republicans’ 2018 budget blueprint released Tuesday would require civil servants to contribute more to their own retirement funds to help decrease the budget deficit, and it would eliminate annuity supplements for Federal Employees...

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,...