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Federal Travelers Will Be Reimbursed Slightly More for Hotels and Meals Starting Oct. 1

August 14, 2018 Federal travelers will receive a very slight increase in the amount they are reimbursed for their hotels and meals in fiscal 2019, the General Services Administration announced Tuesday. Starting on Oct. 1, the standard per diem rates for federal employees on business trips will be $94 for lodging, up from...

President Trump Again Threatens a Shutdown Over Border Security Issues

July 29, 2018 President Trump on Sunday again threatened to shut down the federal government if Congress does not meet his demands on border security, including funding for the wall along the Southwest border. Trump made a similar threat in late April during a rally in Michigan, but he appeared to add several...

1.9% Civilian Pay Raise Survives Committee Vote, Advances to Full Senate

June 21, 2018 The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday unanimously advanced a fiscal 2019 spending bill that contains a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees, going against President Trump’s proposed pay freeze for next year. Committee members voted down 29-2 a Republican amendment to strip the pay increase from the Financial...

It’s Hard to Kill an Agency, But Renaming One Is a Different Matter

June 7, 2018 The Trump administration’s long-promised plan to reorganize the executive branch may soon be out, according to a Wednesday report in Politico. The plan reportedly includes a major shake-up at the Health and Human Services Department, where the White House intends to consolidate safety-net programs for Americans in need. What’s more,...

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...