In today’s Top Federal Headlines, a pair of Virginia congressmen has introduced legislation to continue paying federal employees in preparation for a possible government shutdown.
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.
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).
The House of Representatives voted Tuesday on its rules package for the 115th Congress, which reinstates a little-known provision from previous congressional sessions. The “Holman Rule” lets lawmakers offer amendments to appropriations packages on the House floor, which could cut an agency’s spending, the number of its employees or a person’s salary.
John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company, OPM’s provider for the Federal Long Term Care Program, said “a confluence of factors” led to the sudden and drastic increases in premiums for 2017.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) plans to continue his fight for the federal workforce, after winning re-election. He’ll join his fellow Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly and Republican Barbara Comstock for the 115th Congress, in which he says he’s looking to raise federal pay and assure fairness on oversight investigations.
While Republicans clinched the White House and both congressional chambers, government pundits say it’s important that both political parties support the federal workforce and government, especially in the D.C. area.
Election Day can be a whirlwind of campaign signs, crowded polling sites and an avalanche of social media posts. To help cut through the chaos, here’s Federal News Radio’s roundup of congressional races, presidential platforms and Hatch Act reminders.
Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) wrote to OPM acting Director Beth Cobert asking for the agency to give federal employees and retirees more time to understand why long-term health care premiums increased so much.
An Energy Department scientist told members of the House Science, Space and Technology committee on Wednesday that management sought to fire her for defending funding certain research during a congressional briefing.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, Maryland’s two Senators write the Office of Personnel Management to express the concern they’re hearing from federal employees about the dramatic premium increases for the program.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) is putting pressure on government agencies to pay up for transit benefits for federal employees.
House Lawmakers introduced two bills this week to make rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft reimbursable for federal employees.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin that Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s sudden shutdown of the entire rail system on March 16 for emergency repairs was a “bold stroke” in the right direction, despite the furor it generated from commuting federal employees.
OPM acting Director Beth Cobert gives agencies initial guidance to deal with the impending closures of the Washington, D.C. area subway system. In the memo, OPM recommended agencies review and expand flexible workplace policies.