Federal Employee News

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Federal workers’ vaccine mandate prompts confusion as the government struggles to return to offices

Federal workers’ vaccine mandate prompts confusion as the government struggles to return to offices

Snippet of Article: "...President Biden’s sweeping mandate to vaccinate millions of federal workers and contractors against the coronavirus left officials confronting how to carry it out amid a fusillade of workplace rules that could complicate — and lengthen — the process and further upend a government struggling to return to normal...allowing thousands of civil servants who are expected to refuse a vaccine to be paid to stay home..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Nigerian Threat Actors Skip Social Engineering, Make Direct Pitches to Employees To Install Ransomware on Company Networks

Nigerian Threat Actors Skip Social Engineering, Make Direct Pitches to Employees To Install Ransomware on Company Networks

Snippet of Article: "...An enterprising ransomware gang in Nigeria appears to be skipping this messy step, simply making a direct pitch to employees of target companies to join in on the attack for a cut of the profits. - Advertisement - The group has offered employees $1 million..."

Source: www.cpomagazine.com

Ransomware

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

NIH team creating new data tool that tracks federal employee perceptions and demographics

NIH team creating new data tool that tracks federal employee perceptions and demographics

Snippet of Article: "...Her team is creating a new tool will overlay demographic data over the answers on the FEVS. The goal, Hoover said, is to evaluate whether employees from different backgrounds have different perspectives about the workplace..."

Source: federalnewsnetwork.com

Monday, April 12, 2021

Biden administration spending $60 million per week to shelter unaccompanied minors

Biden administration spending $60 million per week to shelter unaccompanied minors

Snippet of Article: "...The Biden administration appears to be spending at least $60 million per week to care for the more than 16,000 migrant teenagers and children in shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, and those costs are expected to rise significantly over the coming months, according to an analysis of government data obtained by The Washington Post..."

Source: frontporchnewstexas.com

Friday, April 9, 2021

Correcting Myths About Federal Pay

Correcting Myths About Federal Pay

Snippet of Article: "...More than half of Americans mistakenly believe that federal workers are overpaid, and a third also wrongly think they are underqualified, according to a recent Washington Post poll. The truth is federal workers earn 22 percent less than their counterparts in the private sector, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The public’s misperception of federal employees as overfed bureaucrats underscores the recent success of conservative commentators at perpetuating false stereotypes about public servants..."

Source: www.americanprogress.org

Friday, April 2, 2021

Postal Service Indicates Layoffs Could Be on the Horizon for Administrative Heavy Organization

Postal Service Indicates Layoffs Could Be on the Horizon

Snippet of Article: "...The plan that’s in process right now is an administrative headcount reduction of some 60,000 people that was brought about with our realignment,” DeJoy said. Parenheimer later clarified DeJoy was referencing the entire population of management employees at USPS, not all of which would be impacted by the restructuring. DeJoy also sought to downplay that his approach was anything out of the ordinary. The plan will “reduce the size of our administrative organization, which is not uncommon when we go through big, big reorganizations..."

Source: www.govexec.com

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Harris is the ‘worst pick’ to lead border crisis response: Former ICE Director (Video)

Harris is the ‘worst pick’ to lead border crisis response: Former ICE Director

Snippet of Article: "...Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan reacts to President Biden’s choice to have Vice President Kamala Harris’ lead the border crisis response..."

Source: www.yahoo.com

Kamala Harris, Border Crisis,

Less Than Half of Federal Bureau of Prisons Staff Have Accepted COVID Vaccines From the Agency

Less Than Half of Federal Bureau of Prisons Staff Have Accepted COVID Vaccines From the Agency

Snippet of Article: "...Their freedom to decide to accept a vaccine, or decline a vaccine, is protected by the Constitution and remains a personal choice,” Fausey continued. “If the legislative branch believes that it is critical to vaccinate all people, I would assume that they would quickly pass legislation to compel all citizens to be vaccinated...To imply that our federal law enforcement employees are falling short on their professional obligations by not voluntarily..."

Source: www.govexec.com

Yes, you have a constitutional right to be an idiot, ignore science and endanger others.

Social Security employee testifies about false Social Security numbers

Social Security employee testifies about false Social Security numbers

Snippet of Article: "...Day 4 of Casey Crowther’s federal trial is underway with the testimony of a man who works at the Social Security Administration. Crowther is accused of fabricating 39 employees in order to qualify for COVID-19 relief in the form of the Payment Protection Program (PPP). Federal authorities say he used the funds received to purchase a catamaran among other things. The Social Security Administration employee who testified on Thursday morning said he checked the validity of the Social Security numbers for all of the 39 employees hired and then fired by Target Roofing and not one matched a real living person..."

Source: www.winknews.com

false Social Security numbers, Casey Crowther,

8 Things Federal Employees Must Know About FERS Disability

8 Things Federal Employees Must Know About FERS Disability

Snippet of Article: "...You Must Apply for FERS Disability Within One Year of Leaving Your Job In addition to the requirements above, federal employees have a time limit on when they can file for FERS disability. Ideally, you should apply for FERS disability before leaving your job. If that isn’t possible, however, you have one year after you leave to do so. As long as the OPM or your agency receives your application within this time period, you will meet this requirement. 3. You Still Need to Apply for FERS Disability Even if You Already Receive Social Security Disability Benefits..."

Source: www.legalreader.com

Sunday, March 14, 2021

U.S. Postal Worker And Four Others Arrested For Shipping Heroin And Fentanyl Through The Mail

U.S. Postal Worker And Four Others Arrested For Shipping Heroin And Fentanyl Through The Mail

Snippet of Article: "...Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) in New York, Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Area Field Office of the U.S. Postal Service, Officer of Inspector General (“USPS-OIG”), and Philip R. Bartlett, Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), announced the unsealing of an indictment today charging LUIS GAMEZ, HUGO RICHARD VILLANUEVA TORRES, DANIEL ORTIZ, JOSE LUIS MARTINEZ ROSARIO and JAYSON COLON with participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl in connection with a scheme to transport those narcotics through the U.S. mail. GAMEZ was arrested on Sunday evening in California and was presented yesterday before a federal magistrate judge in the Central District of California. VILLANUEVA, ORTIZ, MARTINEZ, and COLON were arrested yesterday in New Jersey and were presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses that same day. The case is assigned to United States District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer..."

Source: www.justice.gov

Federal employees face retirement delays due to lags at National Finance Center (NFC)

Federal employees face retirement delays due to lags at National Finance Center (NFC)

Snippet of Article: "...Federal employees who have or are planning to retire soon could wait months longer than usual before receiving final annuity payments due to processing delays at one of the major payroll providers. At least three agencies have warned employees in recent months of delays at the National Finance Center..."

Source: federalnewsnetwork.com

Retirement processing delays, Financial Hardships, National Finance Center (NFC),

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Federal employee protections included in new COVID relief bill

Federal employee protections included in new COVID relief bill

Snippet of Article: "...The legislation would mandate an automatic presumption of workplace illness for federal employees that currently work on the front lines and fall sick with COVID-19. Such automatic presumptions make it easier for employees or their survivors to ..."

Source: www.armytimes.com

COVID-19, automatic presumptions,

Saturday, March 6, 2021

The CDC wants you to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. (Yes, you read that right.)

The CDC wants you to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. (Yes, you read that right.)

Snippet of Article: "...In the midst of providing guidelines on an unprecedented pandemic, the Center for Disease Control updated its tips to prepare for another extreme occurrence: A zombie apocalypse..."

Source: www.msn.com

Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse

Thursday, March 4, 2021

USPS offers early retirements to non-union employees in agency reorganization

USPS offers early retirements to non-union employees in agency reorganization

Snippet of Article: "...USPS will email voluntary early retirement offers to eligible employees on March 4, and will mail an additional hard-copy notification to employees’ home addresses. Employees who decide to accept the offer must submit the required documents by April 16. The retirements will take effect April 30. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said these changes would strengthen USPS by “improving efficiency and streamlining decision making throughout the organization,” and dig the agency out of billions of dollars in net losses sustained since 2007..."

Source: federalnewsnetwork.com

Still No Stimulus as Jobless Claims Continue to Surge

Weekly Jobless Claims on the Rise Again, at 745,000

Snippet of Article: "...a continued sluggish recovery...This new figure also represents an increase from last week’s revised level. The previous week was revised to 736,000 from 730,000 new claims..."

Source: yahoo.com

Jobless Claims, Biden, Fail,

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Biden nominates 3 to USPS board as Postmaster General DeJoy vows to stay

Biden nominates 3 to USPS board as Postmaster General DeJoy vows to stay

Snippet of Article: "...President Biden on Wednesday nominated three people for the U.S. Postal Service board of directors, moving to fill vacant seats on the board and assert indirect control over the ailing agency and its controversial postmaster general, Louis DeJoy. If confirmed by the Senate, the three new members — Ron Stronman, Amber McReynolds, and Anton Hajjar — would tilt the board toward Democratic control, potentially with enough votes to oust DeJoy. At a House Oversight Committee hearing earlier Wednesday, DeJoy said he plans to stay ..."

Source: theweek.com

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

People Born In 1960 Face Huge Permanent Social Security Benefit Reductions

People Born In 1960 Face Huge Permanent Social Security Benefit Reductions

Snippet of Article: "...feature in the Social Security benefit formula that makes the critical calculation of an individual's initial Social Security retirement benefit (which is linked to the year that workers turn age 60) is sensitive to economic recessions. Known as the average wage index (AWI)..."

Source: Rocket City News

Social Security, Social Security COVID Correction and Equity Act,

Saturday, January 30, 2021

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Source: robinhood.com

Free Stock from Robinhood, Robinhood free stock,
All investments involve risk, including the possible loss of principal. Neither receipt of a share of stock through this program nor identification of a particular security in communications related to this program constitutes a solicitation of the security or a recommendation to buy, sell, or hold the security. Robinhood Financial or The Federal Newsgroup does not provide investment advice and does not hereby recommend any security or transaction. Securities trading offered through Robinhood Financial LLC, member SIPC and FINRA.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Ex-Con Admits Cutting Female Postal Carrier During Carjacking That Led To Newark Chase, Crash

Ex-Con Admits Cutting Female Postal Carrier During Carjacking That Led To Newark Chase, Crash

Snippet of Article: "...The U.S. Postal Service carrier was taking a break behind the wheel of Dodge Durango on June 6 when Wallace Johnson, 32, of Newark, walked up and held the knife to her throat, cutting..."

Source: dailyvoice.com

Crime,cutting,Most dangerous jobs,Postal Mail Carrier,Postal Employee Dangers,

Monday, December 14, 2020

Trump gives most federal employees day off on Christmas Eve

Trump gives most federal employees day off on Christmas Eve

Snippet of Article: "...Federal agencies will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, President Donald Trump announced, giving federal employees an extra day off the day before Christmas. The president made the announcement via an executive order, which he released Friday afternoon..."

Source: federalnewsnetwork.com

Trump Legacy, Christmas Eve 2020, executive order,

Monday, December 7, 2020

Your 2021 federal pay raise is still up in the air

Your 2021 federal pay raise is still up in the air

Snippet of Article: "...President Donald Trump proposed a 1% across-the-board federal pay raise back February. The proposal didn’t include a locality pay adjustment. But since the president submitted his federal pay raise proposal to Congress, a lot has changed..."

Source: federalnewsnetwork.com

2021Federal Pay Raise,

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Born in 1960? Your Social Security Retirement or Disability Benefits Could Take a Hit

Born in 1960? Your Social Security Retirement or Disability Benefits Could Take a Hit

Snippet of Article: "...Roughly 4 million people born in 1960 could see a big drop in their Social Security retirement or disability benefits if Congress doesn't act to fix this year's glitch in how benefits are calculated. Like seemingly everything else in 2020, the pandemic is largely to blame..."

Source: www.aarp.org

will Biden help those born in 1960?,Social Security,Biden Legacy,Coronavirus,COVID-19,Pandemic,

Monday, November 16, 2020

Assessing when you can afford to retire under the Federal Employees Retirement System

Assessing when you can afford to retire under the Federal Employees Retirement System

Snippet of Article: "... Suppose John will have 30 years of service this year, including six years of military service (for which he has paid a deposit) and 24 years under FERS. He's 59, so he's past the FERS minimum retirement age. If he retires with 30 years of service, his FERS basic retirement will provide 30 percent of his high-three average salary. He's been at the GS 13-10 level for the past three years. His current salary is $113,007. His retirement will be computed as: 30% x $108,027 (high-three average) = $3...Wait to retire at 62. Then his FERS benefit will be computed at 1.1 percent for every year of service, instead of 1 percent, a 10 percent increase..."

Source: www.govexec.com

Thursday, November 12, 2020

2021 federal open season begins

2021 federal open season begins

Snippet of Article: "...Federal employees have just over a month to make any planned changes to their health, dental and vision insurance options, as open season for feds began Nov. 9..."

Source: www.federaltimes.com

2021 open season,When is 2021 open season?,

Friday, September 18, 2020

Whistleblower Resources for Federal Employees

Whistleblower Resources for Federal Employees

Snippet of Article: "...Deciding to blow the whistle on wrongdoing can be the single most important professional decision you ever have to make. Whistleblowing is risky and difficult. History also shows it...Whistleblowing is not a crime—in many cases, it is a legally-protected right"

Source: www.pogo.org

Whistleblower Protections,

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Battle Over Federal Employees’ Payroll Taxes

The Battle Over Federal Employees’ Payroll Taxes

Snippet of Article: "...Federal employees who make less than $104,000 annually will see bigger paychecks starting this month and lasting through the end of the year. The 6.2% payroll tax will be deferred from eligible federal employees’ paychecks until the end of the year..."

Source: www.fedsmith.com

Social Security Payroll Tax, Payroll Taxes, Taxes,

Saturday, August 22, 2020

CDC to start surveying nation's wastewater

CDC to start surveying nation's wastewater

Snippet of Article: "... The federal government plans to start surveying America's wastewater to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that they are creating a national database on wastewater data..."

Source: abcnews.go.com

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wastewater Analytics, wastewater data, National Database,

Friday, August 21, 2020

More dental and vision insurance plans to be offered for 2021 open season (Nov. 9 to Dec. 14)

More dental and vision insurance plans to be offered for 2021 open season

Snippet of Article: "...Those eligible for the FEDVIP program will be able to enroll, cancel or change their coverage during the 2021 open enrollment season, which lasts from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14 this year..."

Source: www.federaltimes.com

FEDVIP, 2021 open season, 2021 open enrollment season, dental and vision insurance plans, When is 2021 open season?,

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

DOJ charges former CIA, FBI official with selling classified US secrets to China

DOJ charges former CIA, FBI official with selling classified US secrets to China

Snippet of Article: "...Federal prosecutors said Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, a 67-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen living in Honolulu, worked as a CIA officer from 1982 to 1989 -- and starting as early as 2001, an FBI investigation found he had "become a compromised asset" of China's Ministry of State Security. Ma was allegedly captured on both video..."

Source: www.yahoo.com

DoJ, CIA, FBI, selling classified US secrets,

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Employee bloated Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

Employee bloated Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

Snippet of Article: "...DeJoy offered a gloomy picture of the 630,000-employee agency Friday in his first public remarks since taking the top job in June. “Our financial position is dire, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, a broken business model and a management strategy that has not adequately addressed these issues,” DeJoy told the postal board of governors at a meeting Friday. “Without dramatic change, there is no end in sight,” DeJoy said..."

Source: www.wtnh.com

Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General DeJoy, Overtime Abuse, Postal buyout incentives, Too Many Senior Employees,

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

‘Drone Swarm’ Invaded Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant Last September — Twice

‘Drone Swarm’ Invaded Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant Last September — Twice

Snippet of Article: "...Documents gained under the Freedom of Information Act show how a number of small drones flew around a restricted area at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant on two successive nights last September. Security forces watched, but were apparently helpless to act..."

Source: www.forbes.com

Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, Freedom of Information Act, Drones, Security Breach, National Security Issues,

Saturday, July 25, 2020

TikTok app to be banned on US federal employees' devices over data concerns

TikTok app to be banned on US federal employees' devices over data concerns

Snippet of Article: "...The "No TikTok on Government Devices Act" from Senator Josh Hawley was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs..."

Source: www.businesstoday.in

TikTok app

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Thousands of federal immigration employees brace for furloughs

Thousands of federal immigration employees brace for furloughs

Snippet of Article: "..."Without congressional intervention, USCIS will need to administratively furlough a portion of our employees on approximately July 20," a USCIS spokesperson said..."

Source: www.msn.com

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS),

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Labor Department inspector general retires after warning of fraud

Labor Department inspector general retires after warning of fraud

Snippet of Article: "...On Monday, Dahl and other officials from his office told a House oversight subcommittee that they've seen a "significant amount of fraud" in unemployment programs during the coronavirus pandemic. He told lawmakers that DOL punted on his recommendation that states should collect more earnings information from applicants to combat the fraud. Dahl also said he was "very surprised" that DOL's Occupational Safety and Health Administration had only issued one citation during the entire Covid-19 pandemic..."

Source: yahoo.com

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), US Department of Labor, Coronavirus, Pandemic, COVID-19,

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

TSA expected to soon offer early retirement to several workers

TSA expected to soon offer early retirement to several workers

Snippet of Article: "...The Transportation Security Administration will soon offer early retirements to employees across the agency. TSA says it’ll share the details and terms with employees eligible for a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority some time next month. TSA tells Federal News Network that VERA offers won’t come with incentive payments. The agency had received early retirement authority through April 2021 from the Office of Personnel Management. Federal employees who have 25 years of service at any age or have 20 years of service and are at least 50 years old are usually eligible for a VERA..."

Source: federalnewsnetwork.com

TSA, Early Retirement 2020,

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Microsoft slams Amazon’s latest protest over Pentagon cloud contract as ‘a way to avoid the consequences of its own bad business decisions’

Microsoft slams Amazon’s latest protest over Pentagon cloud contract as ‘a way to avoid the consequences of its own bad business decisions’

Snippet of Article: "...Amazon is once again challenging the Department of Defense’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft. Amazon filed a protest of the award directly with the DoD after a federal judge temporarily paused litigation on a lawsuit filed last year..."

Source: www.msn.com

What Feds Can Do if Called Back to an Unsafe Workplace

What Feds Can Do if Called Back to an Unsafe Workplace

Snippet of Article: "...a fearful worker could conceivably seek to continue their existing posture of full-time telework. “The reality for federal employees is that the government has discretion to determine whether or not to allow telework, but they cannot use that discretion in an inequitable manner,” Friedman said. “So the first thing that feds should focus on is if they’ve been allowed to telework up until now, and they’re suddenly told that’s going to be taken away, they should ensure that’s a policy issued to all employees and not just targeted toward some. If it is targeted, perhaps there’s a potential [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] issue or a prohibited practice issue.”..."

Source: www.govexec.com

telework, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Unsafe Workplace, Coronavirus, COVID-19,

Lexington federal prison with more than 90 COVID-19 cases agrees to test employees

Lexington federal prison with more than 90 COVID-19 cases agrees to test employees

Snippet of Article: "...local elected officials pressured the facility to release more information about its COVID-19 outbreak. After more than a week of providing little cooperation or information, officials at the Federal Medical Center on Leestown Road said they will test all employees at the prison. So far, only inmates showing symptoms of the disease have been tested, leaving employees to seek testing on their own..."

Source: www.kentucky.com

Testing vs Non-Testing for COVID-19, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Lexington federal prison,

U.S. Watchdog Agency Says Coronavirus Whistleblower Should Be Reinstated

U.S. Watchdog Agency Says Coronavirus Whistleblower Should Be Reinstated

Snippet of Article: "...U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) made a "threshold determination" that the Trump administration unlawfully sidelined disease expert Rick Bright because he "made protected disclosures in the best interest of the American public," Bright's lawyers said in the statement. OSC's recommendation is not binding on the administration..."

Source: www.nytimes.com

protected disclosures, 'in the best interest of the American public', Rick Bright, Whistleblower Protections,