President Donald Trump wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. However, federal law enforcement representatives told lawmakers on Wednesday their organizations have too many managers and not enough staff-level employees.
The White House is also requesting a $3 billion boost to the Homeland Security Department, along with an additional $30 billion in defense and Overseas Contingency Operations funding for fiscal 2017. Civilian agencies would shoulder $18 billion in spending cuts. The additional funding for DHS would help the department prepare and enact the President’s executive orders on border security and immigration.
President Donald Trump offered a first look at his upcoming management agenda in the 2018 budget blueprint. The agenda will focus on eliminating agency reporting requirements on IT, acquisition, human capital and real property and letting “managers manage.” It also suggests the budget and reorganization executive order initiatives will drive future agency workforce cuts.
Members of the National Treasury Employees Union took to Capitol Hill Thursday morning to rally for support on several issues they fear are under attack in the 115th Congress and Trump administration. NTEU members say they’re concerned about receiving fair pay, protecting health and retirement benefits and maintaining their due process rights. They’re also worried that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to civilian agencies could hinder their ability to do their jobs well.
About 58 percent of federal employees say their workloads have increased since President Donald Trump authorized a temporary hiring freeze for some agencies, according to a recent survey from the National Treasury Employees Union.
Lawmakers are once again reintroducing legislation that would create up to six weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees after the birth, adoption or fostering of a new child. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) officially reintroduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA).
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is once again reintroducing the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act. This time, Connolly’s bill proposes a 3.2 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2018.
President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Monday implementing a federal hiring freeze. It prevents agencies from making most new hires and prevents them from filling vacant positions. It does not apply to military or national security positions.
The National Treasury Employees Union and the Senior Executives Association both said they hope to better educate the new administration and Congress about the federal workforce.
The IRS is gearing up for the 2017 filing season by focusing on cybersecurity and customer service. The agency expects to process more than 150 million individual tax returns. But how smooth this filing season will be comes down to whether or not President-elect Trump decides to extend the hiring freeze to the tax agency.
The Office of Personnel Management is giving federal employees and retirees an extra day to make changes to, enroll or cancel their dental or vision plans.
President Barack Obama signed a new letter to Congress alerting them of his plan to tell agencies to give every federal employee a 2.1 percent raise in 2017.
Most Federal Long Term Care Program policyholders chose to accept higher premiums or took advantage of special benefit reduction options during this summer’s enrollee decision period. Premiums rose for about 264,000 active and retired federal employees by as much as 126 percent.
Federal employees and their families will see a 4.4 percent increase in their Federal Employee Health Benefit premiums next year. But FEHBP participants will pay 6.2 percent toward their health care costs. The government share is 3.7 percent.
Rather than outsource the work of delinquent tax collection, thousands of IRS employees set to lose their jobs in the next eight years could be retrained on how to do the work.