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Trump Team Resolves Paperwork Problem That Had Stalled Transition

November 16, 2016 Vice President-elect Mike Pence has signed paperwork necessary to resume planning for the transition to the Trump administration, the Office of Management and Budget confirmed Wednesday. The transition had been frozen until Pence, selected to replace New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as transition chairman, completed a memorandum of understanding meant...

Congressional Races Federal Employees Should Watch -- The Results

November 8, 2016 This story will be updated throughout the evening with the race winners in boldface. The spotlight this election season has been on the presidential campaigns, but there are a number of congressional races whose outcomes could influence agencies' budgets, federal employee pay and benefits, efforts to hold federal workers accountable...

Congressional Races Federal Employees Should Watch

November 7, 2016 The spotlight this election season has been on the presidential campaigns, but there are a number of congressional races whose outcomes could influence agencies' budgets, federal employee pay and benefits, efforts to hold federal workers accountable for their job performance, postal reform and a host of other management issues. Below...

Election Recap: What’s at Stake for Feds in the 2016 Presidential Election

November 7, 2016 After an unusually bitter and divisive campaign season, Election Day is finally less than 24 hours away. The Office of Personnel Management has reminded federal employees that they may be eligible for time off to vote. Agencies should allow excused absences so that employees can “report for work three hours...

Protecting Your TSP Savings, Bigger Locality Pay Raises, Bonus Award Stats and More

November 2, 2016 This column has been updated with new information about the number of people who will need to re-enroll in hack-protection services. Just as the massive breach of personal data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management was starting to become a more distant memory, some federal employees affected by the...

How Well Do You Know the Candidates’ Positions on Federal Employee Issues?

November 2, 2016 We’ve never seen a presidential contest quite like this one. Like us, you’re probably ready for it to be over already. But for federal employees, the outcome may feel especially personal -- one of these candidates will be the new boss in a few weeks. Lost in the hurly burly...

Former Bush Ethics Lawyer Accuses FBI Director of Violating Hatch Act

October 31, 2016 A former White House ethics official under President George W. Bush has filed a complaint alleging that FBI Director James Comey violated the Hatch Act when he informed Congress Friday that the bureau was investigating additional emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for possible classified information. In a New...

COLA Help, Open Enrollment Tips, Uber for Troops and More

October 26, 2016 A handful of Democratic lawmakers have renewed the push for the Seniors and Veterans Emergency (SAVE) Benefits Act, which would provide a one-time payment of $581 to Social Security recipients to help compensate for the zero cost of living adjustment in 2016 and the meager 0.3 percent COLA (about $5...

What’s Next in Government: 2017 & Beyond

October 26, 2016 In early October, Government Executive and Nextgov took an unprecedented look at what’s next for government in technology and management. We brought together top thinkers and innovators across the federal space for a week of conversations, panel discussions and networking events to explore some of the most pressing challenges and...

Time Off to Vote, a Meager Cost-of-Living Bump and Free Flu Shots

October 19, 2016 Lines are likely to be long at the polls on Nov. 8, so federal employees who want to have a say in choosing their next boss might want to start thinking now about the best time to vote. The Office of Personnel Management on Monday issued a memo reminding agency...