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.
Employee engagement efforts at the Securities and Exchange Commission have taken off in the past two years, Lacey Dingman, SEC chief human capital officer, said in an interview. SEC has risen from 27th to 6th among mid-sized agencies in the past five years on the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work rankings.
The Internal Revenue Service hopes to close the tax gap by using private collection agencies (PCAs) to outsource delinquent tax payments. Agency officials say it’s important to stay vigilant during the PCA program, to ensure fraudsters are not preying on taxpayers.
Last year the Internal Revenue Service showed improved telephone customer service, and close to 300 million visits to the Where’s My Refund? site. Agency leadership and advocates say those are just two examples of why the tax agency needs full funding in FY2018.
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.
Are civil servants as overworked, fearful and distracted as we’re told constantly by the media? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know.
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.
Most people expect a raise when they get a promotion. But for some feds in 2017, thanks to salary compression, that’s not the case.
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.