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Calls for Investigations, Resignations Ramp Up Over Allegations of Political Interference at Federal Agencies 

Democrats are pursuing a growing number of probes into allegations that political appointees across the Trump administration are interfering with the work of career employees, including some lawmakers who have called on top officials to resign.   

OMB Fails to Offer New Info in Payroll Tax Deferral Memo 

After weeks of information trickling out from individual payroll processors about the Trump administration’s plan to defer the payroll taxes of federal employees and members of the military between now and the end of 2020, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo on the subject last week, shedding little light on the effort.  

Stop politicizing and insulting the federal civil service 

Just half a month into September, President Donald Trump already has directed federal agencies to restrict federal funding to cities that aim to reform their police departments; placed a huge tax burden on federal employees in 2021 by deferring payroll taxes starting immediately; asserted that federally-mandated diversity training is racist in aims; and opined that military members and veterans, many serving out of uniform in the federal civil service, are suckers and losers. What are federal civil servants to make of all of this?  

OPM Moves to Allow Agencies to Appoint Some Employees Into 10-Year Temporary Jobs 

The Trump administration says regulation would provide key flexibility, but it could also circumvent normal hiring procedures and benefits. 

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Boost Agencies’ Spending Transparency 

The House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that would require agencies to make spending more transparent. 

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