HR Headline Roundup for September 30-October 4, 2019

‘People Will Be Afraid’: How Trump’s Ukraine Call Could Chill Public Service, Nextgov

The president’s frequent direct attacks on the motives and professionalism of the whistleblower and career diplomats may accelerate resignations from the intelligence community and Foreign Service. The reaction from the White House may also discourage young people from applying for jobs that now seem highly politicized.


Trump Impeachment Inquiry and a Brutal 2020 Election Will Further Stoke ‘Toxic’ Workplaces, HR Experts Warn, MarketWatch

”A survey last year from the staffing company Robert Half International,” this article reports, “found 22 percent of workers got into a ‘heated discussion with a coworker’ during the last presidential election. Another 15 percent said their productivity slipped because of the water cooler political talk.” Other data show that reports to HR about political disagreements now outnumber reports of sexual harassment.


In D.C., Capitol Hill Staff Is Young and Thinking of Leaving for Better Pay, U.S. House of Representatives

A 2019 survey of nearly 5,300 congressional staffers from both sides of the aisle revealed that 53.3 percent of Hill staff are younger than 32 and that 47.9 percent are dissatisfied with their pay. Nearly 45 percent have considered taking another job. On the plus side, “House employees receive equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and faith.”


What You Need to Know About OPM’s Proposed Rule on Firing Federal Workers, Govloop

A proposed regulation that could take effect as early as next summer would limit underperforming employees to a single performance improvement plan and eliminate their opportunity to emerge from a PIP with a clean employment record. Language in the draft rule also relieves managers of obligations to provide assistance to employees who are on PIPs.


Pentagon Now in Charge of Issuing, Renewing 95% of Clearances, Government Executive

The National Background Investigations Bureau on October 1 moved out of the Office of Personnel Management and into the U.S. Department of Defense as the newly christened Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. The transfer affected some 2,900 employees and is expected to reduce the chronic backlogs of investigations and decisions.


San Diego Refuses to Publish Employee Directory, Governing

Citing security concerns, the city declined to provide a complete roster of employees’ names, phone numbers and email addresses to the local newspaper. The San Diego Union-Tribune made its request under the California Public Records Act. In a reply issued by the city clerk’s office, “officials say releasing the information all at once would make it easier for ‘bad actors to launch phishing attacks against the city.’”

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