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Senate Panel Advances Key Labor Authority Nominee

One week following Catherine Bird’s confirmation hearing, a key committee voted along party lines in favor of her nomination.

Bill Advances That Would Deny Bonuses to Feds Found to Have Engaged in Misconduct

Employees would be barred from bonuses for five years following adverse findings in an investigation.  

Esper Confirmed As Defense Secretary, Despite Opposition from Some 2020 Dems

The 90-8 vote ends the longest period in history that the Defense Department has gone without a confirmed leader at the helm.

Did the U.S. Invent Lyme Disease in the 1960s? The House Aims to Find Out

A decades-old conspiracy theory says Cold War bioweapons research is sickening tens of thousands of Americans a year.

Viewpoint: The Debt Ceiling And Why We Should Kill It

The U.S. hit the debt ceiling in March and is expected to run out of ways to get around the new $22 trillion limit by September. An economist explains why the ceiling is a dysfunctional relic.

Unions Consider Next Steps Following Workforce Order Ruling

The injunction blocking three controversial executive orders by President Trump will remain in place for 45 days to allow unions to consider an appeal.

Esper Assures Wary Senators He'll Keep Military Out of Politics

During his confirmation hearing, the SecDef nominee was asked about Trump, China, and Russia — and not Afghanistan, ISIS, or al-Qaeda.

Labor Authority General Counsel Nominee Vows Impartiality, But Unions Cry Foul

Federal employee unions oppose the nomination of Catherine Bird to vet complaints before the FLRA, citing her work in collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of management.

Sen. Warren Spars with Defense Secretary Nominee Over His Lobbyist Work

The Democratic presidential candidate said that Mark Esper, who has declined to recuse himself from Raytheon-related decisions, should not lead the Pentagon.

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House Passes Defense Policy Bill with Provision to Block OPM-GSA Merger

The must-pass legislation also includes amendments granting paid family leave and protecting feds’ health insurance during shutdowns.

House to Consider Blocking OPM Merger, Other Workforce Proposals Through Defense Policy Bill

Proposed amendments to the annual must-pass Defense authorization bill include measures to safeguard federal workers’ insurance during shutdowns, ban the box in federal hiring and protect whistleblowers.

House Democrats Aim to Add Paid Family Leave for Feds to Defense Policy Bill

A proposed amendment to the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would provide all federal workers with 12 weeks of paid family leave.

House Appropriations Bill Would Block Impasses Panel from Imposing New Union Contracts

Federal labor groups have frequently accused agencies of engaging in bad faith “box-checking” collective bargaining negotiations, in an effort to fast track proposals to an all-Republican board.

OPM Still Lacks Legal Analysis of Proposed Merger with GSA

Lawmakers in both parties expressed outrage at the lack of documents provided to support the Trump administration’s proposal.

House Approves 3.1% Pay Raise and Blocks OPM Furloughs, Merger

Lawmakers dealt the Trump administration’s proposal to merge OPM and GSA another setback.