Senate Appropriators Ignore Trump's Proposed Pay Freeze, Back 1.9% Raise for Feds

The pay boost, approved by a Senate subcommittee, marks the first pushback in Congress to President Trump’s plan to freeze federal civilian employee pay in 2019.

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Lawmakers Call for an Investigation Into Discipline at VA arrowSenators say VA is out of compliance with a 2017 law and enforcing it unfairly.

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Officials: Here’s How Not to Screw Up a $50 Billion Networking Contract arrowThe Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract is a great ...

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Patent Office Celebrates 10-Millionth Award as Inventors Complain arrowAfter 228 years, agency is accused of wrong wording on owners’ rights ...

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Route Fifty

Complete Figures for State Disaster Spending Are Hard to Come By arrowA new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights some of the ...

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Excellence in Government

Leaders, Don’t Be the Cheese in the Panini arrowTry one or more these strategies that will help reduce the pressure and allow you to lead and ...

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New Bill Aims to Prevent the Next Kaspersky, ZTE arrowThe bill would establish an interagency commission to help vet supply chain ...

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45 Senate Democrats Demand That Trump Rescind Workforce Executive Orders arrowRecent executive orders on firing, unions “undermine the ...

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Pay & Benefits

Senate Approves Major Governmentwide Pay and Hiring Reforms in Defense Bill arrowSenators will have to fight to preserve workforce reforms ...

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The Challenge Effective Leaders Embrace Every Day image description Organizations are mostly designed to optimize the status quo. A simple diagram can show you how to break free. Read more

Half of Feds Support White House Attempts to Ease Firing Process image description But support for federal employee unions, which oppose the changes, remains steady at 42 percent. Read more

Government Already Has a Blueprint for Implementing Pay For Performance image description The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency offers a success story. Read more

For Many Students, Government Agencies Are the Most Attractive Employers. Really. image description Students in three of five broad areas of study ranked a non-business employer at the top. Read more


Flash Poll: Vigilance in the Age of Mobility image description Agency leaders, IT managers, and federal workers across functions are familiar with IT security challenges. The federal government handles highly sensitive data, and its use of devices must reflect this reality.

The Dynamic Threat: Government Tactics Must Evolve to Combat the Insider Threat image description Unless government agencies strive to understand the holistic profiles and behavioral risk patterns in their workforce, they will never be able to stay ahead of the deliberate attacks from within. In a new issue brief, GBC explores the types of motivations and common indicators of insider threats, and what agencies can do to maintain vigilance in 2018.

Disrupting Government image description Federal agencies are faced with a suite of technologies that are nebulous yet promising. Big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain and others—whether developed by established companies or small startups— have the same disruptive potential of their technological counterparts of old. But will they find a home within the federal government? Can they make the government more efficient or save costs?

Flash Poll: The AI Advantage image description New advancements in the field of machine learning are enabling organizations to process — and make use of — massive amounts of data like never before. A new poll by Government Business Council (GBC) invites federal employees to weigh in on the debate, asking them whether AI can advance mission effectiveness.

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