OPM to Agencies: Make Sure You Haven’t Incorrectly Told Employees They Can’t Join a Union

The directive is aimed at correcting instances where employees were improperly labeled as management officials.

Legislators Renew Efforts to Protect Consumers from an Eavesdropping Fridge

The reintroduced bill asks the Federal Trade Commission to establish disclosure guidelines for smart devices and appliances that consumers would not expect to be recording them.

Coronavirus Roundup: Changes at the CDC; the Republicans on the COVID Panel

There’s a lot to keep track of. Here’s a list of this week’s news updates and stories you may have missed.

Left in Limbo, a Handful of Biden’s Defense Picks Await Senate Action

Four nominees—all people of color—received committee approval months ago but have yet to get a Senate vote.

Even Bivalent Updated COVID-19 Boosters Struggle to Prevent Omicron Subvariant Transmission – An Immunologist Discusses Why New Approaches Are Necessary

The new bivalent boosters against COVID-19 have failed to halt omicron infections. However, new technologies are being developed that pave a way forward.

Congressional Democrats Propose an 8.7% Pay Raise for Feds in 2024

The annually introduced bill would provide a 4.7% across-the-board increase in basic pay and an average 4% increase to locality pay.

Who Can and Can’t Get Coverage Under Your Health Insurance

OPM doesn’t know how many people with FEHB coverage are actually ineligible for the program.

Homelessness Among Veterans Has Been Cut in Half since 2010, VA Says

In Texas, the number of homeless veterans has dropped 65% between 2007 and 2020, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

OPM Previews Its New Cyber Workforce Dashboard

The dashboard will launch after the agency has determined what data to make publicly available.

The Debt Limit Fight May Have Long-Term Budget Consequences

Doug Criscitello joins the podcast to discuss the effects of a prolonged fight and how it will affect government operations.

Couch, Private Meeting Booth or Desk? Feds Can Come Try Out New Office Digs in D.C.

This is part of GSA’s “workplace 2030” initiative as federal agencies work on their post-pandemic plans.   

OPM Has Replaced Its Embattled CFO Following Harassment Report

The Defense Department inspector general recently substantiated complaints that the senior executive sexually harassed subordinates and used racial slurs.

Postal Service On-Time Performance Similar in Rural and Urban Areas, Report Finds

Government Accountability Office auditors analyzed on-time delivery performance for four largest USPS mail types by volume from October 2020 to December 2021

CEOs Downplay Anticipated Gridlock on Capitol Hill, Defense Spending Cuts

Lockheed, Raytheon chiefs also say pandemic-era supply-chain woes are subsiding.