Merchant Marine's People Problem | Telework Debate on the Hill



The Merchant Marine service is dealing with some of the same people problems the rest of government is dealing with. RADM Ann Phillips (USN ret.) is Administrator of the Maritime Administration at the Transportation Department. On the latest edition of Fed Gov Today TV, she explains why the people problem is her biggest issue right now.

Several federal agencies are increasing the number of days each pay period employees have to come into the office. The White House is asking agencies to “aggressively execute” back-to-office strategies this fall. President Biden’s Chief of Staff, former Deputy Director for Management at OMB Jeffrey Zients calls in-person work “critical to the well-being of our teams.” The House Oversight and Accountability Government Operations and the Federal Workforce subcommittee called four agency leaders to testify today about their telework posture. The four leaders are Karen Marrongelle, Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation; Robert Gibbs, Associate Administrator for the Mission Support Directorate at NASA; Dan Dorman, the Executive Director for Operation at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and Randolph Alles, Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security. In these highlights of the hearing from today, you’ll hear questions for the witnesses from Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) and Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA).

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