Unions at the Social Security Administration say the Baltimore-based agency is now complying with a federal judge’s decision concluding that executive orders issued in May by President Donald Trump violated federally approved rights.
Federal workers in Maryland and across the nation are bracing for reductions in head counts, civil service protections and salaries when President-elect Donald Trump and Congress turn their attention to government spending later this year.
As Congress opens its session on Tuesday, several Maryland interests — including chicken farmers, environmentalists and federal employees — will be watching for signs of how the new political landscape on Capitol Hill will affect issues they say are critical to the state's economy.
Lisa Foust was in for a doozy of a Christmas Eve: a full day's work, then piling presents in the car and making a more than five-hour drive home to North Carolina. Then President Barack Obama gave federal workers an extra day off Dec. 26.
Federal employees will be allowed to carry money on their health savings accounts into the next year following a months-long lobbying effort by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and other lawmakers in the region.
Maryland's personal income growth was among the smallest nationwide last year as federal budget cuts rippled through the wider region, affecting Virginia and the District of Columbia as well, the U.S. Department of Commerce estimated.
Across federal agencies, 59 percent of workers said they feel satisfied with their job, according to the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. That indicator dropped four points, from 63 percent, last year and is down seven points from 2011. This year's results showed that nearly all respondents indicated that they were willing to put in extra effort at their jobs and that they feel their work is important — but year-to-year comparisons show a significant decline in satisfaction.