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Retirement: A practical and emotional decision

This week FEND looked for insights on current trends in retirement—for example, the current surge of people leaving their careers early—and we sought advice on retirement from Robin Ryan. Ryan is a long-time Forbes magazine reporter and Wall Street Journal-bestselling author specializing in employment and retirement issues. She has written voluminously, offering clear-eyed advice on the workplace, careers and retirement.

CBP Union: Mandate vaccine for arrivals

The union representing employees of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—including 29,000 agency employees—is publicizing its approval of the requirement that foreign nationals must show proof of vaccination to enter the U.S. via air. But the union wants the requirement extended to all sea and land border crossings, too.

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October: National Retirement Security Month

The awareness-raising event began as an effort to get government workers to put more thought into savings—but it has since morphed into a nationwide effort to get all Americans to do so. Congress has recognized the event every year since its inception.

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Soon: Contractor language on COVID

New language on COVID safety requirements to be demanded of private companies in federal contracts, including a universal vaccination mandate for workers, is being crafted and is expected to be released this week. All private contractors doing business with agencies must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8.

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TSA head: More rights on way for screeners

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want TSA to resolve longstanding compensation issues for the frontline agency's workforce.

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Federal CIO tees up new TMF awards

The awards—whose purpose is to modernize government IT—are the first since TMF's $1 billion plus-up in the American Rescue Plan Act, and are expected to be made public soon.

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Shutdown averted, but feds criticize chaos

Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 3, just in time to avoid a shutdown.

Big win: TSA employees secure appeals rights

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union representing the nation's more than 45,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) this week announced a huge win: After two decades of effort, these long-underappreciated feds have secured the right to appeal termination and other adverse actions taken by management.

How feds can access TSP loans during shutdowns

During the 35-day shutdown in 2018, the government's retirement savings system saw a spike in withdrawals from federal employees looking to make ends meet without regular paychecks.

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Fed orgs, unions hope to avert shutdown

Major federal employee unions and advocacy organizations are pressing Congress to get on with passing a spending bill before the Thursday night deadline, to avoid the chaos of a shutdown that still looms over federal agencies and the whole country.

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Funding bill fails in Senate

The federal government is up against approaching deadlines for avoiding a partial government shutdown and hitting its debt ceiling.

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Lessons of the Cyber Reskilling Academy

The leaders who orchestrated a reskilling program meant to transform feds into cyber defense analysts have some takeaways to share.

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POGO: Pass the Protecting Our Democracy Act

A major good government nonprofit is pressing Congress to pass a broad reform bill that would affect federal employees—including hardening protections for whistleblowers.

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Contractors: Vaccine deadline is Dec. 8

Federal contractors and subcontractors, like federal employees, soon must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to remain on the job on federal contracts. Their deadline for being protected? December 8.

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Shutdown looms as House takes up CR, debt limit extension

Most agencies are still operating under shutdown plans crafted under the Trump administration, but there are provisions for continuing pandemic programs and operations.

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Fed sentenced for child porn

A federal employee this week was sentenced for accessing child pornography, which investigators specified he was doing in the federal workplace on government computers. The Department of Justice issued a statement on the sentencing—along with a plea that feds and the public be vigilant and consult the DOJ's Project Safe Childhood website to learn more about a "growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation."

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NDAA cyber reserve proposal revised

The plan has been revised with labor in mind, but a federal employee union still has concerns about a permanent National Digital Reserve Corps at the General Services Administration (GSA).

Union wants to expand vaccine requirement

The union representing CBP officers is publicizing its approval of the requirement that foreign nationals who arrive by air to the U.S. must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry—and are pressing for the policy to be expanded to cover land and sea ports of entry, too.

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MSPB nominees hope to triage backlog

The Merit Systems Protection Board will also likely have to address fallout from disciplinary measures taken as the federal employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate takes effect.

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