Molly Weisner, Federal Times

Molly Weisner

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Recent articles by Molly:

Union vows to seek arbitration after Treasury stops remote work pilot

The National Treasury Employee Union initially filed a grievance against the Bureau of Fiscal Service for abruptly ending negotiations over a remote work. → Read More

Union takes Department of Housing and Urban Development to arbitration over remote work

Union leaders said exclusion from remote work fails to consider how reentry imposes commuting costs amid soaring gas prices and hardships on employees who are caregivers. → Read More

Why do federal pay raises lag the private sector?

The federal budget proposal unveiled by the White House in March included an average pay increase of 4.6% for civilian federal workers, matching a planned military pay raise. Historically, with pay lagging in the federal sector, other factors including steady opportunities, competitive benefits and hybrid work to retain talent. → Read More

Alleged bad-faith bargaining by EEOC over return-to-work policy to get review

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 24 federal agencies reported at least a quarter of employees teleworking by April 2020. Now some departments are reverting to in-person work, though the Office of Personnel Management within the White House has called for maximizing telework. → Read More

Federal government has so far escaped attrition crisis, but retirement wave looms

In the years ahead, one third of the federal workforce is expected to be retirement eligible. → Read More

Federal retirees urge Congress to waive savings disbursement rule as inflation bites

Congress waived distribution requirements for 2020 in response to the market crash at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. NARFE is now asking lawmakers to once again suspend these distributions amid soaring inflation. → Read More

HUBZone awards keep missing federal contract goals a quarter-century after creation

Meanwhile, the number of participants in the program has almost halved to 4,870 from more than 8,500 a decade ago. → Read More

Hybrid work may be permanent fixture for government employees, Cisco finds

Since the pandemic, employee surveys and research have found that telework and remote work can be a bargaining chip for federal hiring managers. → Read More

Union files grievance against US Treasury bureau after talks on remote work stopped

A spokesperson for the bureau said more employees will return onsite in phases over the next several weeks. → Read More

Federal contractor Maximus says hands tied on wages after workers protest

Maximus workers have demanded higher wages and better benefits due to the effects of inflation. However, Maximus said it is limited in its ability to offer more by a law from 1965. → Read More

Can federal employees discuss Supreme Court abortion ruling at work?

Questions about the Hatch Act often surface when political discourse runs especially hot. How you can determine what constitutes inappropriate political activity in the government workplace. → Read More

OPM upholds travel sick leave after SCOTUS overturns Roe

The ruling, which was declared after a draft decision was leaked in May, overturns decades of precedent and permits state-by-state decisions on limiting or banning abortions. → Read More

Talks over remote work for US Treasury employees suspended, union says

NTEU said it wants the bureau to return to negotiations on the pilot program as envisioned in the original agreement. → Read More

Defense agencies among worst ranked for disclosing contracting needs to businesses

General Services Administration received the highest score. Marine Corps Systems Command and Naval Information Warfare Systems Command won honorable mentions. → Read More

Federal call center employees protest over wages at Maximus headquarters

Workers at a federal call center run by Maximus Inc. planned to deliver a letter signed by 12,000 community supporters to the company’s management, asking for higher wages and better health benefits. → Read More

For federal retirees, COLA is not a retirement panacea for inflation

For January 2022, COLA jumped to 5.9%, the largest since 1982. Some may be wondering how much it will be adjusted for 2023 as prices have been rising since April. → Read More

VA workers union ‘hammering away’ at negotiations for first new contract in 10 years

Representatives VA workers are chipping away at 12 articles subject to bargaining, as talks over a new contract that were paused at the start of the Biden administration pick up steam. → Read More

Americans’ confidence in career government officials drops

Data spanning part of former President Donald Trump’s term to midway through President Joe Biden’s shows Republicans became much less confident in presidential appointees while Democrats became much more confident in them. → Read More

Democrats and Republicans agree: government does too little on certain issues

The Pew Research Center report revealed several benchmarks of public opinion on government efficacy, including the federal response to certain issues and views on politicians. One finding set the tone: “Just 20% say they trust the government in Washington to do the right thing just about always or most of the time.” → Read More

Watch live: Shreveport officials meet to discuss COVID-19 regulations ahead of New Year

Shreveport city officials held a meeting to discuss COVID-19 protocols ahead of the holiday weekend on Friday. → Read More