Feds indulging in marijuana – even in places where it's legal, such as Washington, D.C. – could lose their jobs if they're caught, said the Office of Personnel Management in a May 26 memo. "Federal law on marijuana remains unchanged," said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.
Locality pay for federal workers in 13 cities across the country will increase based on labor market conditions, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert told members of the American Federation of Government Employees in a meeting last week.
While the Agriculture Department has made sure its component agencies include veterinarians in its workforce, the Health and Human Services Department hasn't done the same, says a May 26 Government Accountability Office report.
The Senate approved a bill Friday that would give veterans easier access to private doctors if they can't get the same care from Veterans Affairs Department physicians.
The Postal Service and its employee union are struggling to reach a consensus on pay and benefits for USPS employees' new contracts. The American Postal Workers Union said in a May 21 statement that the biggest roadblock comes with Postal Service's demands for reduced benefits and a lower pay scale.
Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.), introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow federal workers to choose to invest in businesses that have women in leadership through their Thrift Savings Plan retirement fund.
Agencies need to focus on continually training federal workers as well as bringing in innovative young talent for short stays, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert at the Excellence in Government conference on May 14.
The Senate Armed Services Committee advanced a bill May 14 that would fundamentally change the way the Defense Department handles military retirement. Part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act outlines the provision, which would change the military's retirement plan from a defined benefit structure to a defined contribution, or 401k-style, plan.
Employees will be the ones to implement the programs that are part of Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Robert McDonald's vision to reform the VA. "The people who then serve those customers should be exalted, they should be trained," said McDonald.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus laid out a number of personnel initiatives in a May 13 speech, including a call to double the number of weeks of paid maternity leave for sailors and Marines and more education opportunities.