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GSA Announces $2.5 Billion Modernization of Federal Payroll and Leave Systems

May 18, 2018 The General Services Administration on Thursday issued a pre-solicitation notice seeking contractors to upgrade the payroll systems serving 2.2 million civilian federal employees. Companies holding GSA IT Schedule 70 contracts, SINs 132-40 and 132-51, will be eligible to compete for one or more blanket purchase agreements off of which agencies...

See How Much Your Agency's Spending Would Increase Under the 2018 Omnibus

March 22, 2018 The $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 funding package sent to President Trump early Friday includes big boosts for almost all of the major federal agencies, thanks to a broader two-year budget deal increasing spending caps that President Trump signed last month. Some of the biggest winners in the omnibus include the...

Trump Administration Targets Federal Compensation, Telework

March 21, 2018 The Trump administration’s new management agenda, released earlier this week, has significant implications for federal pay and benefits. The agenda frames the issue by noting that “it is important to appropriately compensate personnel based on mission needs and labor market dynamics,” something the existing compensation system fails to do. The...

Seven Things Agencies Could Buy With Trump’s Donation to Treasury

March 9, 2018 Under fire from government watchdogs concerned that President Trump’s financial interest in his hotel business creates a conflict of interest—specifically that foreigners could try to influence the president by contributing to his bottom line—the Trump Organization said late last month that it had donated all hotel profits from foreigners to...

Agencies in Washington Area Close Friday Due to Wind Storm

March 2, 2018 Federal agencies in the Washington region will be closed on Friday as a storm hits the area delivering high winds during the morning rush hour, the Office of Personnel Management announced. Emergency employees and those who were scheduled to telework must still work, OPM said. Employees traveling outside of the...

Third-Ranking VA Official Steps Down Over Altered Travel Records

February 16, 2018 Vivieca Wright Simpson, the embattled chief of staff to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, told colleagues Friday morning that she is retiring, USA Today reported. Shulkin’s most senior adviser had come under fire for “false representations” to a VA ethics official and altering an official record during the course of...

Washington-Area Agencies Open Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival

February 7, 2018 With ice coating the roads in much of the Washington, D.C. metro area Wednesday morning, the Office of Personnel Management announced that federal agencies would be open under a two-hour delayed arrival status. The announcement means "non-emergency employees who report to the office will be granted excused absence (administrative leave)...

The Agencies That Will Remain Open in the Initial Days of the Shutdown

January 20, 2018 During a government shutdown, most federal agencies close down at least part of their operations. But in the days prior to the current shutdown, the Office of Management and Budget asked agencies to scour their budgets in search of funding that could be carried over from previous spending measures in...

D.C.-Area Agencies Open Two Hours Late

January 4, 2018 As a winter storm hit the East Coast, federal agencies in the Washington area remained open Thursday, under a two-hour delayed arrival policy for employees. Employees also have the option of taking unscheduled leave or telework, according to the Office of Personnel Management. "Non-emergency employees who report to the office...

Senate Confirms Kirstjen Nielsen to Lead Homeland Security

December 5, 2017 By a vote of 62-37, Senate lawmakers confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to become the sixth secretary of Homeland Security, and the first with prior experience at the department. Nielsen formerly headed the offices of Legislative Policy and Government Affairs at the Transportation Security Administration before serving as former Homeland Security Secretary...