Personnel impacts of sequestration will not all be immediate but they do impact a wide range of federal employees, according to testimony given to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Instead, furloughs will happen along a continuum, said OMB's Danny Werfel.
President Obama will take executive action to launch this year the first three of the 15 manufacturing innovation centers proposed during his State of the Union address. These three will "focus on manufacturing technologies that also address critical national security and energy needs."
Service members and their domestic partners will have to sign a written declaration of their partnership in order to participate in the nearly two dozen benefits, which include child care, recreation programs, legal assistance, and compensation for dependents of members held captive.
Federal agencies have four months to develop policies to address the impact of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the workplace, including support plans for workers affected by such violence.
The IRS is slowly improving how it hires and manages its workforce, a Treasury audit (.pdf) found, adding that without continued focus the agency could easily become overwhelmed by difficult new challenges.
Reservists who complete 20 years of service must wait until age 60 to draw their retirement benefits, but active servicemembers draw their benefits whenever they retire. Reformers have long tried to reduce that inequality, and Rand looked at three possible ways to do so for a recent report.
The Internal Revenue Service has managed to cut its overall timetable for filling vacancies, say auditors, but the agency's hiring process still isn't setting any speed records. In highlighting a success story, for example, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration notes in a recently released Nov. 27 report (.pdf) that the IRS's information technology division now gets new employees on board in an average of 90 days.
Another management discrimination and favoritism investigation will be launched against the Transportation Security Administration, this time by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.In a Jan. 25 letter (.pdf), the EEOC said it has decided to conduct its own investigation after the Homeland Security Department auditors found widespread favoritism in hiring and promotion practices as well as a failure to address EEO complaints.
Human capital officers at the Office of Personnel Management will now work on pilot programs that address governmentwide Obama administration priorities, while policy offices assume the role of providing other agencies with guidance on HR policy and its application.
Agencies should focus on eliminating unnecessary functions and address poor employee performance to show they properly use funds because budgets may soon decrease, says the Merit Systems Protection Board. When addressing poor performance, MSPB first recommends employee training and development.