Update on Federal Hiring Freeze

United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) logoToday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued additional guidance for agencies as they work to implement the President’s federal employee hiring freeze that was announced last Monday. Continue reading “Update on Federal Hiring Freeze”

House Legislation for a Reasonable Pay Raise in 2018

Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) has introduced legislation that would provide federal employees on the General Schedule and Wage Grade pay systems with a 3.2% pay increase effective January 2018. H.R. 757, the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) bill, would provide these employees with a 2% across-the-board pay raise plus a 1.2% adjustment designated for increasing locality pay rates. Continue reading “House Legislation for a Reasonable Pay Raise in 2018”

Government’s the enemy — until you need a friend

FYI, from the New York Times:

The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate veterans’ affairs committees dashed off a letter to President Trump Thursday demanding to know whether his executive order freezing federal hiring applied to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Surely you didn’t mean the department under our jurisdiction, suggested Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Representative Phil Roe of Tennessee:

“One of our government’s highest priorities — and V.A.’s single most important mission — is to provide timely, high-quality care to the men and women who have bravely served our nation in uniform. A robust clinical work force is vital to achieving that goal. As V.A. direct-care providers play a critical public health role, we believe that this action is in line with your intent to exempt positions necessary to meet public safety from the effects of this hiring freeze.

Also, as you have rightfully recognized many times before, the V.A. health care system is currently in a state of crisis.”

Don’t be surprised if more such letters emerge as the hiring freeze starts to bite.