Workforce

OPM Issues More Guidance to Encourage Collective Bargaining at Agencies

Building on President Biden’s executive order encouraging more collaborative labor-management relations, OPM strongly encouraged federal agencies to improve unions’ ability to communicate with workers and collect dues.

Workforce

Less Than a Week after Social Security Offices Reopen, Unions Report a Mixed Bag

Although some components reported a more collaborative labor-management relationship, that did not extend to field office employees, who now report feeling physically threatened at work.

Management

Biden’s Management Agenda Update Adds Metrics to Workforce Goals

The White House’s first update to the president’s management agenda, first released last November, lines up tasks for agencies and attaches individual officials to goals.

Pay & Benefits

What Federal Employees Should Know About the New Paid Parental Bereavement Leave Benefit

Thanks to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, federal workers can take up to two weeks off following the death of a child.

Management

OPM’s Goals for the Next 18 Months: Hire, Hire, Hire

The federal government’s human resources agency released a new strategic plan this week aimed at transforming the agency into a leader in governmental human capital management.

Management

Some Labor Authority and TSP Nominations Are Delayed After a Deadlocked Committee Vote

Although most of the nominees sailed through by voice vote, three of Biden’s key picks to govern federal labor relations and the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program were deadlocked in party-line votes.

Pay & Benefits

Biden’s 2023 Budget Would Pay for TSA Raises and the Move to General Schedule

The Transportation Security Administration has begun the process of granting its employees full federal civil service rights, although it needs more than $1 billion in additional funding to end the pay disparity with General Schedule workers.

Workforce

Biden’s Budget Focuses on Making Agencies a ‘Model Employer’

Documents accompanying the president’s fiscal 2023 budget request envisions reforms to federal hiring, internships, and a restructuring of regional Federal Executive Boards.

Pay & Benefits

Biden Proposes a 4.6% Raise for Federal Workers for 2023

If enacted, the figure would mark the largest pay increase for federal employees in two decades.

Oversight

MSPB Has Issued Its First Bit of Precedent in Five Years

The body that adjudicates the validity of discipline and removal of federal workers decided that it cannot overrule laws governing probationary periods, even if an agency gave the employee bad info on when they end.

Workforce

GOP Lawmakers Are Blaming a Union for the EEOC's Omicron Reentry Delay

Both the agency and its union said they’re committed to serving the public and ensuring the return to offices is done safely and according to federal labor law.

Pay & Benefits

The Federal Pay Advisory Panel Can Finally Weigh In on Locality Pay and Other Issues Again

Biden nominates members to the Federal Salary Council, allowing it to move forward with compensation-related recommendations.

Oversight

Coast Guard Academy Leaders Shouldn't Make Diversity a 'Side Issue,' a New Report Says

The academy is committed to diversity but leaders need to be more proactive in promoting "cultural competence," a report from the National Academy of Public Administration finds.

Workforce

OPM Launches a Toolkit to Attract More Women to the SES

The effort to recruit more women into the cadre of career government executives builds upon a 2014 program and comes amid news that, unlike the rest of the federal government, there is no gender pay gap in the Senior Executive Service.

Workforce

EPA Will Return to a ‘Hybrid’ Office in May

The agency and its union reached an agreement this month to begin bringing union workers back to facilities in May, albeit with expanded telework and remote work options.

Workforce

Some House Republicans Want to Reinstall Trump Workforce Policies

A group of 12 lawmakers introduced a bill that would revive the former president’s anti-union executive orders and an order that could politicize the civil service.

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