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Message from Your SEA President

Message from Your SEA President

SEA’s six new Communities of Change are prepared for liftoff in September…and we want you there at the launch.

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Bill Making New Hires ‘At-Will’ Reappears in the House

Bill Making New Hires ‘At-Will’ Reappears in the House

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) finally re-introduced legislation that would classify all new federal hires as “at-will” employees.

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The Federal Pay and Benefits Proposals in Play for 2018

The Federal Pay and Benefits Proposals in Play for 2018

Another 2018 budget proposal from a group of conservative lawmakers has its eyes on federal employee pay and benefits.

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Rethinking Position Classification

Rethinking Position Classification

One aspect of the civil service that is ripe for reform is the position classification process. People outside government struggle to understand the meaning of the hundreds of job series that are included in vacancy announcements.

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Americans with Osteoporosis Face an Increased Risk of Needing Long Term Care

Americans with Osteoporosis Face an Increased Risk of Needing Long Term Care

May is national osteoporosis awareness and prevention month.

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Did LPTA Open the Door For Greater 'As a Service' Adoption?

Did LPTA Open the Door For Greater 'As a Service' Adoption?

A procurement system within the government that is difficult to navigate for both the government customer and industry partners is no surprise to anyone working in the federal ecosystem, but at least one part of the federal government has finally decided it is time for adjustments. 

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State Department official seeks to allay concerns over agency overhaul

State Department official seeks to allay concerns over agency overhaul

The State Department's second in command, John Sullivan, sought Monday to allay fears that a plan to reorganize the agency will lead to an upheaval of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that major decisions, such as transferring key operations to the Department of Homeland Security, have not been made.

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Republicans Take First Shots at Federal Employee Salaries

Republicans Take First Shots at Federal Employee Salaries

House Republicans made their first use of a revived rule allowing them to target the salaries of individual employees, using the appropriations process to go after employees conducting work the lawmakers believe is obsolete.

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Congress Goes to Recess Before Finishing Homework

Congress Goes to Recess Before Finishing Homework

Following a tumultuous first seven months of the 115th Congress, the House and Senate have adjourned for a five week August recess having failed to achieve any major legislative accomplishments despite unified control of both congressional chambers and the White House.

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It’s Time to Reform Federal Labor Relations

It’s Time to Reform Federal Labor Relations

I am a retired Federal employee who (as a contractor) negotiates on the behalf of Agencies with their unions and trains managers in both labor and employee relations issues. 

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August Calendar of Events

August Calendar of Events

A listing of upcoming SEA webinars and events in July and beyond.

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August New Members & More

August New Members & More

New Members, Lifetime Members, Sponsors and Thank Yous for Donations

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Confronting the culture of fear in government

Confronting the culture of fear in government

It is a common view among observers of the operations of the federal government that agencies are often hobbled by a culture of fear. 

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