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Nearly 3,500 Federal Employees Will Receive Compensation for Contracting COVID-19 at Work

November 21, 2020 1:26 PM

Nearly 3,500 federal workers will receive injury compensation benefits from the US government after they contracted COVID-19 at work, the Department of Labor announced Friday.

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Five Agencies Have Started Telling Federal Employees They Could Get COVID Vaccine In As Little As 8 Weeks

November 21, 2020 7:18 AM

Essential federal workers would be among the first group of Americans to get inoculated against the coronavirus after the nation’s health-care workers, and five agencies have been telling their employees they could receive the upcoming vaccines in as little as 8 weeks.

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Is It Time to Tax Telework?

November 12, 2020 1:31 PM
Is It Time to Tax Telework?

Telework has grown sharply during the pandemic, and a tax on remote workers has been pitched as a way to level the workforce playing field.

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FedSmith Readers Think Telework is Sustainable Long Term

October 30, 2020 8:48 AM
FedSmith Readers Think Telework is Sustainable Long Term

Is telework a viable long-term options for the federal workforce? FedSmith readers think it is.

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FSC Chair Resigns Over Executive Order

October 26, 2020 6:37 PM

The chair of the Federal Salary Council has resigned over President Trump's recent Executive Order that would create a new class of federal employees.

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FBI: Iran, Russia Attempting to Interfere With 2020 Election

October 21, 2020 8:18 PM

Russia and Iran are attempting to influence the 2020 elections and have obtained some voter registration information, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said at an FBI press conference on Wednesday.

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Election 2020: Where Do Trump and Biden Stand on Social Security?

October 13, 2020 3:51 PM
Election 2020: Where Do Trump and Biden Stand on Social Security?

The author says that neither presidential candidate appears to have a solid plan to address looming problems with Social Security.

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FedSmith Readers Give Slight Edge to Trump Heading Into Election

October 12, 2020 8:21 AM
FedSmith Readers Give Slight Edge to Trump Heading Into Election

It was close, but a majority of FedSmith readers said they plan to vote for President Trump in our latest survey.

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Feds Cleared to Investigate When it Suspects Election Fraud Involving USPS, Defense Employees

October 8, 2020 11:12 AM

The Justice Department has paved the way for prosecutors to investigate suspected election fraud involving USPS and defense employees, reversing a longstanding policy put in place to avoid affecting the outcome of the election.

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Is Telework a Viable Long-Term Option?

October 7, 2020 11:49 AM , Updated October 30, 2020 9:11 AM
Is Telework a Viable Long-Term Option?

2020 saw an unprecedented boom in telework thanks to the coronavirus, but is it a realistic long-term option for the federal workforce? Here’s your chance to weigh in.

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