HR Headline Roundup for November 18-22, 2019

Senate Approves Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown, and Trump Signs It, New York Times

A second 2019 continuing resolution keeps all U.S. government agencies, offices and programs operating until December 20. All or parts of twelve FY2020 appropriations bills remain unpassed. While a 3.1 percent pay raise for members of the military has been approved, it remains unclear whether civilian feds will receive salary boosts.


Viewpoint: Hollowed-Out institutions and Battered, Belittled Public Servants the Real Threats to Democracy, Government Executive

William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, decries administration officials’ attacks on whistleblowers and witnesses in the impeachment hearings as “acts of bureaucratic arson” and “active sabotage.” He also predicts that “the damage created by … disdain for diplomacy and public service will remain.”


City, Retirement Fund Awarded for Operational Excellence, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The City of Germantown, Tenn., and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund are among six recipients of 2019 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards. Recognized for their “unceasing drive for innovative solutions to complex challenges, visionary leadership and operational excellence,” the city and retirement fund scored high on assessments of their senior leadership, financial results, customer processes, people processes (including HR services), strategic planning, process efficiency and effectiveness, and “citizenship with results.”


Survey: Most HR Managers Aren’t Taking Employee Data Security Seriously, HR Dive

The topline finding is that “41 percent of employers don't train all their HR personnel in protecting employee data and just 19 percent revise their policy quarterly.” This puts organizations at risk because, as a discussion of the results notes, “a Willis Towers Watson study found that 66 percent of cyber breaches are caused by workers’ negligence or malfeasance.”


Ransomware Attack Cripples Some Louisiana State Offices, The Advocate

Public-facing sites for the Department of Public Safety, Office of Juvenile Justice, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Revenue and Division of Administration, as well as a number of Office of Motor Vehicle offices, shut down after a virus broke out state government networks on November 18. Officials determined that “the most likely culprit was a state worker clicking on some suspicious email or link without thinking.” Most online and network services were restored within 24 hours.

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