President Donald Trump announced a slew of nominees for key administration positions Friday, after the Senate confirmed a new deputy-level Cabinet official this week.
The Trump administration’s first 100 days concludes with several policy initiatives and agreeing to a budget plan to avoid a government shutdown.
In the aftermath of the federal hiring freeze, the Veterans Affairs Department says hiring managers are free to fill most positions. But there are still thousands of exceptions requiring approval from senior VA officials.
The executive order establishes the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protections as a new entity within VA. The new office will identify barriers and duplicative processes and resources to quickly disciplining and firing VA employees for poor performance or misconduct.
The Office of Personnel Management updates its guide for calculating severance pay. Its release comes on the heels of agency efforts to examine how they can reduce the size of the workforces.
The White House says it won’t happen, but the Office of Management and Budget is asking that agencies prepare to prepare for a government shutdown. Here are four things to remember about your pay, benefits, work status and others if Congress can’t agree on a plan to keep the government running past Friday.
Want to know if you’ll be going to work if the government isn’t funded? We’ll tell you here.
While the looming federal shutdown may be big news inside the Beltway, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that it’s probably not going to be mentioned in next week’s People magazine.
Linda Springer, a senior adviser at the Office of Management and Budget, said in part 2 of her exclusive interview about the Trump administration’s reorganization plans that the White House wants to give agencies a lot of freedom in how they execute their plans.
President Trump issued an executive order for federal agencies to review their policies and procedures for buying American. He suspect loopholes in buy-American laws are too often used when the government buys. Agencies are to forward their legal and procedural reviews to Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross, who will in turn deliver a draft set of recommendations by the end of the year.
Linda Springer, a senior adviser at OMB, said the Trump administration is borrowing from past administrations and modifying many long-held concepts to reorganize and restructure the government.
Though federal management experts like much of what they see in the Office of Management and Budget’s reorganization and restructuring plan, they say the White House needs to craft a more positive message to sell their ideas to the federal workforce.
President Donald Trump is on a mission to rebuild the U.S. military. But naturally some ask if that’s where the U.S. really needs to spend its money? There may be threats abroad, but there are plenty at home too. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione talks with Catherine Lutz, international studies and anthropology professor at Brown University, about the impacts of the increasing military spending on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The EPA said it will continue an external hiring freeze as part of its efforts to meet the White House’s government reorganization directive.
While the House passed its $696 billion version of the 2018 defense spending bill last week, one branch of the armed services — the U.S. Coast Guard — won’t receive a windfall in defense spending. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft says the service is still a branch of the armed services, and should be funded as such.
Have you seen the pay-more-get-less pension package Congress is preparing for federal workers and retirees? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you’d better check it out.
Dan Magneson, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, discusses how decisions he made 25 years ago led to an unexpected retirement windfall.
The Office of Government Ethics announced that its general counsel will be taking the helm, and replacing former director Walter Shaub.
Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione checks out some of the projects the Office of Naval Research is funding.
Have you protected your TSP from the next stock market crash? Financial planner Arthur Stein will explain what you should be doing now to protect your financial assets when he joins host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn. July 5, 2017
The Office of Naval Research is trying not to make bets on certain technologies and is instead betting on its people.
Both the Trump administration and Congress are offering new goals to cut government improper payments over the next five to 10 years. Experts in the field say the targets aren’t impossible but need attention and investments in agency technology and personnel.
Proposed changes to the federal retirement system could force current federal employees to delay retirements and spark financial hardship for current retirees. Federal financial experts discuss these proposals, which President Donald Trump included in his full fiscal 2018 budget request.
In a new white paper from the National Academy of Public Administration, federal experts say a breakdown of the federal human capital system ultimately led to some of agencies’ biggest challenges in recent years, from the cyber breaches at the Office of Personnel Management to the 49,000 vacancies at the Veterans Affairs Department.
Jared Kushner discloses an additional $10 million in assets as wife Ivanka Trump reports assets of at least $66 million
This week on “Your Turn,” financial planner Arthur Stein tells feds and retirees what, if anything, they should be doing now with their Thrift Savings Plan accounts.
There are three ways federal investors can join the million-dollar Thrift Savings Plan club. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says investing steadily produces the most millionaires.