Workforce

Agencies Request Funds for Emergency Boosts to Telework, Overtime and Hiring

The $46 billion White House request would also help bring home feds stationed abroad in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Maximize Telework for Federal Employees

Lawmakers continue to push for more telework options for federal employees.

White House Updates Contracting and Technology Guidance for Federal Agencies  

During the coronavirus outbreak, the Veterans Affairs Department got a greenlight to rehire experts and the Justice Department clarified its stance on working in states with shelter-in-place orders. 

Navy Working to Keep Subs and Destroyers From Becoming COVID-19 Hotspots

Meanwhile, the coronavirus is putting the military health-care system under stress.

Senator Pushes Pentagon for Personnel Guidance Amid Pandemic

Congress continues to seek answers from the executive branch regarding responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Government’s Maximum Telework Policy Overlooks Contractors

Industry association pushes for the administration to issue guidance for flexibility and greater use of contractors during the coronavirus pandemic.  

New White House Guidance Says Agencies Should ‘Minimize Face-to-Face Interactions’

The Office of Management and Budget said the government must continue to operate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Security Clearance Office Gets First Permanent Leader

The new program office is getting a permanent director nearly five months after shifting the background investigations process to the Defense Department.

Thrift Savings Plan Wants Help Protecting Federal Employees’ Retirement From Outside Cyber Threats

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is working on a contract to help protect $611 billion in savings for some 6 million current and former feds.

Lawmakers Pressure Trump to Issue Federal Telework Executive Order

An increasing number of senators and representatives calling on President Trump to order telework to eligible federal employees and contractors.

Mass Telework Causes Operational Strains for Agencies

Some agencies are telling employees to cut back as networks get overloaded.

Attacks on DOD Networks Soar as Telework Inflicts ‘Unprecedented’ Loads

As DOD scrambles to find equipment for those who can work from home, Pentagon leaders tell personnel: ‘No hand-shaking, no high-fives,” and clean your workstations.

White House Asks Agencies to Stop All Travel That Is Not Mission Critical

Work trips to areas with community spread of the virus should only be undertaken if they are critical to protecting life and property, OMB says. 

White House Calls for 'Maximum Telework Flexibilities' for D.C.-Area Employees

It also gives agency heads more discretion to offer paid time off for those who cannot telework.

Senator Calls on Administration to Offer Flexibilities on Security Clearance Adjudications for Coronavirus

Sen. Warner wants to ensure that coronavirus financial hardships don’t negatively impact intelligence community employees and contractors.