Workforce

House approves two-year federal pay freeze

The House today passed legislation with a two-year pay freeze for all civilian federal employees.

Prepare to hunker down in 2011

Those who represent federal employees (both union types and lawmakers) squeezed a lot of solid gains for feds from this outgoing Congress, especially in terms of improvements to retirement benefits, and—depending on your point of view—the demise of the National Security Personnel System.

More of what you already knew ...

Well, The Washington Post has joined the fray, publishing the results of a poll that indicates that a significant portion of the public—more than half—think feds are overpaid.

How secure is your facility?

Two federal judges--one who decides Social Security cases, and another who presides over immigration cases--this week detailed the growing threat of violence that they, along with their families, face.

Feds remember Hurricane Katrina

Five years ago, the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast and feds arrived soon after to help with cleanup. Now an employee union wants to hear those stories.

Workforce

Unions fire back at Gates for insourcing about-face

The American Federation of Government Employees wants answers from Defense Secretary Robert Gates on how his plans to save DOD money will affect insourcing efforts and federal employees.

Do federal employee unions earn their keep?

The weakening leverage of unions in the private sector was apparent this week when Ford announced that over the next several years it would begin to hire about 2,000 new workers—under a 2007 union-negotiated contract—at $14 an hour, about half the wages of current workers.

Would More Training Really Fix the Leadership Skills Gap?

Readers of this blog will recall that a few weeks ago, the Merit Systems Protection Board reported findings that many front-line supervisors lack leadership skills because those doing the hiring put greater emphasis on candidates’ technical know-how.

Twitter, Facebook … and your right to post as you see fit

The once-bright line between public and private speech gets fuzzier every day—and in the federal workplace, GSA employees are walking point for the rest of us.

Contractors in top secret programs may pose a major challenge for insourcing proponents

The explosive series of news articles currently running in The Washington Post—“Top Secret America”—is bound to add weight to the case against outsourcing.

Are they really ‘interns’?

A June 25 forum on the federal hiring process hosted by the Office of Personnel Management gave critics of the Federal Career Intern Program yet another chance to sound off.

Cybersecurity

Labor supports overhaul of FBI background checks

A consortium of 42 union and labor advocacy groups has endorsed a new bill that would improve the way the FBI performs criminal background checks used for pre-employment screening.

‘Inherently governmental’ remains a sticky wicket

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is getting closer to adopting a final rule that contains a clearer definition of what constitutes an “inherently governmental” function—i.e., one that should be done only by federal employees. But judging from the comments filed on the proposed rule, no one is completely thrilled.

Obama streamlines federal hiring process

A presidential memo revises the federal hiring process to make it easier and faster, a move that critics say has long been needed. However, unions criticized it for leaving a controversial internship program in place.

Workforce

Telework unlocks workplace flexibility, union leader says

An expanded telework program is one of the best ways to bring real flexibility to the federal workplace, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said at a White House forum to examine the state of flexible work arrangements.

Cybersecurity

Navy withheld data breach information for more than a year

The Navy knew right away that 244 employees' Social Security numbers had been released. Why did officials wait for 17 months before telling them?

Workforce

Unions want say in telework policymaking

A half-dozen unions have offered Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry a hand in developing policies that would ratchet up the numbers of teleworking feds.

Workforce

NSPS is dead; long live NSPS

The National Security Personnel System, or pay for performance, may have been killed by Congress and President Obama but that doesn't mean it's dead. There's a provision in the bill that makes it possible for someone to free it from the grave.

Workforce

Obama gives the heave-ho to DOD pay for performance

One union official said the National Security Personnel System was grounds for a class-action lawsuit and stripped employees’ rights to collectively bargain pay rates with union backing.

Workforce

Obama signs bill that kills DOD pay-for-performance system

Critics say the pay-for-performance system is unfair.

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