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Over 100 Members of Congress Send Letter Opposing Changes to Federal Retirement Benefits

Over 100 Members of Congress Send Letter Opposing Changes to Federal Retirement Benefits

President Trump’s budget proposal, released in May, proposed $3.6 trillion in cost reductions. Among the proposals were dramatic changes to the federal retirement system – changes that would impact both current and future retirees.

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FMA Fights to Repeal DOD Cuts to Long-Term TDY Per Diems

FMA Fights to Repeal DOD Cuts to Long-Term TDY Per Diems

The Federal Managers Association’s (FMA) mission is to advocate for excellence in public service. That can be expressed in many forms, working in a non-partisan fashion alongside elected decision makers and administration officials in Washington, D.C., and across the country. Our goal is always to craft solutions that allow good intentions to turn into good policy.

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New Agency Scorecards Show Mixed Progress on IT Modernization

New Agency Scorecards Show Mixed Progress on IT Modernization

Last week, the latest iteration of the biannual scorecard jointly developed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was released. 

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Appeals Court Rules No Private Right of Action for False Statements by Government

Appeals Court Rules No Private Right of Action for False Statements by Government

A former federal employee terminated by the United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) appealed his termination from both agencies under Title VII and also contended that NOAA violated a criminal statute that prohibits making false statements when the Agency allegedly lied about why he was terminated. 

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Agency Secretaries Resist Budget Cuts

Agency Secretaries Resist Budget Cuts

As federal agency heads move to implement President Trump’s FY2018 budget blueprint, some recent comments from agency directors indicate there may be attempts to reverse what some seem to see as poorly targeted or overly drastic cuts to important priorities.

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Watch: It’s Always the Leader

Watch: It’s Always the Leader

Learn how the entire culture of an organization can be transformed by a single leader in this animated excerpt of a speech given by renowned leadership and management author Ken Blanchard.

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Impact of Federal Employee COLA Reductions Would Be Dramatic

Impact of Federal Employee COLA Reductions Would Be Dramatic

Proposed changes to federal pension benefits under the Trump Administration are poised to impact past, present, and future federal employees, if they are successfully implemented. 

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GAO: It Takes More Than Two Years to Hire an Immigration Judge, Backlogged Cases Have More Than Doubled Since 2006

GAO: It Takes More Than Two Years to Hire an Immigration Judge, Backlogged Cases Have More Than Doubled Since 2006

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examining immigration case backlogs and “long-standing management and operational challenges” has found that the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) faces substantial difficulties in keeping up with a caseload that only continues to grow.

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President Trump Announces “New” Council Aimed at Improving Infrastructure

President Trump Announces “New” Council Aimed at Improving Infrastructure

On Friday, in a visit intended to cap off a week that had been dubbed “infrastructure week” by the White House, President Donald Trump visited the Department of Transportation’s headquarters and announced the creation of a new council intended to help builders with the permitting process on federal infrastructure projects, while ostensibly improving transparency “by creating a new online dashboard allowing everyone to easily track major projects through every stage of the approval process.”

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Watch: How to Cope with Bureaucracy

Watch: How to Cope with Bureaucracy

One of the great challenges of the modern world is how to keep calm in the face of bureaucracy. Thus, we offer this small film for anyone who has ever wanted to shout at the airline counter or the operator.

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This Week on FEDtalk: Enhancements & Whistleblower Programs

This Week on FEDtalk: Enhancements & Whistleblower Programs

Tune in this week for a special show on whistleblower programs with the Justice Department’s Deputy IG, a Deputy Counsel at Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, and the Office of Special Counsel's Chief of Investigation and Prosecution.

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The 5 Comey Takeaways Feds are Talking About

The 5 Comey Takeaways Feds are Talking About

Comey got his chance to tell his side of the story yesterday.

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This Week on FEDtalk: Preview the EEOC Executive Leadership Training

This Week on FEDtalk: Preview the EEOC Executive Leadership Training

Tune in this week for a preview of the EEOC Executive Leadership conference where you can gain the highest quality leadership training through unforgettable experiential learning on the Gettysburg Battlefield Leadership Tour.

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Pay Reform is Coming

Pay Reform is Coming

The Trump Administration is serious about pay reform. From the 2018 budget materials that place an emphasis on rewarding top performers, to nominating George Nesterczuk’s nomination to head the Office of Personnel Management is the latest signal that the administration is taking reform seriously.

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Bill Calling for Greater Protections for Whistleblowers Goes to President

Bill Calling for Greater Protections for Whistleblowers Goes to President

A bill to clarify that the Whistleblower Protection Act, in fact, shield federal employees who disobey orders because they are illegal, was presented to the President last week after passing both houses of Congress.

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Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of COLA Dispute

Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of COLA Dispute

After a $232,500,000 settlement agreement was executed in 2000 that also mandated that the United States Office of Personnel Management issue new regulations governing the Cost of Living Adjustment (“COLA”) program, plaintiff federal employees filed suit alleging that the government breached the settlement agreement and both the express and implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

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Watch: Why do our Brains Love Fake News?

Watch: Why do our Brains Love Fake News?

In this video, "Above the Noise" host Myles Bess breaks down the research around why our brains can so easily make us believe that fake news is real news.

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Visa Applicants to Undergo Social Media Vetting

Visa Applicants to Undergo Social Media Vetting

Visa applicants who pose a potential terrorism risk will soon be asked to hand over social media profiles and handles from the last five years to the State Department. 

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House Republicans Target ‘Overly Generous Compensation’ for Feds

House Republicans Target ‘Overly Generous Compensation’ for Feds

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing last week centered on federal employee compensation. Specifically, the notion that feds are overpaid.

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This Week on FEDtalk

This Week on FEDtalk: Enhancements & Whistleblower Programs

Tune in this week for a special show on whistleblower programs with the Justice Department’s Deputy IG, a Deputy Counsel at Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, and the Office of Special Counsel's Chief of Investigation and Prosecution.

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One Month into the New Administration

Policy changes and refocused initiatives are developing just one month into President Trump’s administration.

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