Federally Employed Women (FEW), founded in 1968, is a private, non-profit membership organization with over 100 Chapters across the USA working exclusively to end sex discrimination and towards the advancement of women in federal service.
Disciplinary Changes at VA Pushed
Meanwhile, a veterans affairs subcommittee has approved HR-473, under which SES members at the VA would have to change jobs within the department at least every five years and only 30 percent would be eligible to receive top-level performance ratings. The bill also would limit the time they can be put on paid…[Read more]
My Mom is a Federal Hero – Video Contest for Mother’s Day
In honor of the many hard-working moms who support their families and serve our nation through their jobs, Harris Federal is proud to present:
TELL US WHY YOUR MOM IS A HERO
• Shoot Your Movie
Use your smart phone and record a 30 sec. video. Don’t worry about picture quality or fancy…[Read more]
Loretta Lynch heads for confirmation as attorney general
Senate Democrats argued Thursday for long-overdue confirmation of President Barack Obama’s attorney general pick, Loretta Lynch, as her nomination headed for a confirmation vote after a five-month wait.
“She is as qualified a candidate as I’ve seen in my time in the Senate,” said Minority…[Read more]
OPM Issues New Guidance on Parental Leave
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released new guidance to implement President Obama’s memorandum from earlier this year directing federal agencies to allow leave flexibilities for new parents.
Specifically, federal employees who are expecting, adopting or fostering a child may use up to six…[Read more]
Ensuring Women a Seat at Every Table
By Katherine Archuleta, Office of Personnel Management
I am excited to release an insightful report on Women in federal service, which draws on the Office of Personnel Management’s deep reservoir of data to shine a light on opportunities for women in federal service. One of my top priorities as director of…[Read more]
Women’s ‘final four’ chosen for $20 bill fight
The people – 256,659, anyway – have spoken, and the group pushing for a woman to appear on U.S. paper currency has announced its final four to replace Andrew Jackson’s face on the $20 bill.
From 15 contenders in a “robust” five-week “primary round” that ended Sunday, voters selected Eleanor…[Read more]
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FY 2016 Budget Resolution – Senate
Federal Workers Targeted Again
Let Your Lawmakers Know How You Feel!
Federally Employed Women Leaders, Regional Managers and Legislative Chairs are asking our many members to contact their legislators about their recent votes on the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution that included many provisions that…[Read more]
Close the Pay Gap!
Federally Employed Women Leaders, Regional Managers and Legislative Chairs are asking our many members to contact their legislators and urge them to co-sponsor and support the Paycheck Fairness Act which has been introduced in the Senate and soon will be introduced in the House.
The Paycheck Fairness Act, which just barely…[Read more]
Support our National Communications Chair and vote today
FEW Members – Our National Board of Directors Communications Chair, Nicole Gilbride, has applied to give a speech at the upcoming NextGen conference in Washington DC. This conference targets millennials working in the government (federal, state, and local) who have an interest in learning…[Read more]
EEO Policy Changes Sought
The House oversight committee also approved what would be the most significant changes in federal equal employment opportunity policies in years, HR-1557, with an emphasis on disciplinary actions against those who discriminate or retaliate against an employee who supported another employee’s allegations of…[Read more]
OMB Orders Squeeze in Office Space
OMB has ordered agencies to reduce their “footprint” in office space and other space they own or lease, saying that developments such as increased use of telework and the shift of providing information and services to the public from in-person to online means that agencies should need less room. In addition,…[Read more]
Most TSP funds dip in March
Most of the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan fell in the month of March. Only three of the 10 funds made forward progress.
The fixed income F Fund recovered from a February loss of 0.91 percent. The 0.47 percent gain was enough to bring it into positive territory for both the year-to-date and past-12-months return…[Read more]
Women make gains in federal management, but hurdles remain
By Emily Kopp
For women who dream of the corner office, now is a good time to work for the federal government. Nearly a third of female feds are managers, a rate that makes the private sector pale in comparison.
The Office of Personnel Management released the statistics in a new,…[Read more]
Budget Plans Being Released
All federal employees would be subject to paying higher contributions toward their FERS or CSRS retirement benefits under a plan set for voting today (March 18) in the House Budget Committee. The provision has passed that committee and the full House several times in recent years but always stalled in the Senate;…[Read more]
Budget Process Could Revert to Past
The movement on the budget resolutions by both the House and Senate would return the congressional budget process to practices that have been followed only partially in recent years. A budget resolution is not presented to the White House and thus has no force of law; it is used as the spending and policy…[Read more]
Bills Target Awards, Pay, Conduct
Legislation (S-742) has been reintroduced in the Senate to prohibit an agency from paying a performance award to an employee if the agency IG, a senior ethics official, or the GAO finds that the employee’s conduct either violated an agency policy for which the employee may be fired or suspended, or violated a…[Read more]
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