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IG reports delays in COVID notification

A report from the General Services Administration (GSA) Office of the Inspector General finds the agency's Public Buildings Services at times failed to follow CDC guidelines around reporting and cleaning procedures for COVID-19 incidents.

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Ida: Feds push to help fellow feds

The National Treasury Employees Union has requested that the White House launch previously successful emergency leave transfer programs (ELTPs) across federal agencies, to permit feds to help fellow feds with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

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GSA launches new Digital Corps

The General Services Administration is gearing up to begin a new service. The first cohort of the program, which launches in the fall, will focus on pandemic response, the economy, cybersecurity and streamlining government services.

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Bill: End DOD's two-year probationary period?

A provision that would end the current two-year probationary period for new Department of Defense employees is making its way in the House—and, if enacted, it would return DOD to a one-year provisional standard.

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Reorganizing for the Biden agenda at OPM

OPM is beefing up its diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility office as part of an agency reorganization in support of a wide-ranging executive order covering the federal workforce.

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Ida: FEMA leads federal effort

FEMA, DOD and multiple additional agencies rush to coordinate and manage emergency response to Hurricane Ida, which has left over 1 million without power in the worst hit areas with oppressive heat setting in.

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DHS stands up new excepted service for cyber talent

The new human resources system, launching seven years after legislation authorizing special pay for cybersecurity specialists, is a complete move away from traditional federal HR practices, the agency said.

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WH: Feds to get 2.7% pay raise

The White House has announced that an average 2.7% pay increase for civilian federal employees will take effect next year, in line with its budget plan issued earlier this year.

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Fed managers: You can incentivize employees!

A recent report on how federal managers can incentivize good work offers several sometimes overlooked pathways. Among these, it advises, don't forget to check in with your H.R. department for possibilities ...

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WH extends leave for feds to get vaccinated

Feds now get up to four hours of administrative leave to get COVID-19 vaccinations—and up to two days of leave to cope with adverse vaccine reactions.

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Biden names slate of FSIP appointees

Months after clearing out Trump appointees, Biden has nominated appointees to fill the Federal Services Impasses Panel, a key institution in the federal labor-management relations space.

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NARFE: On key issues, contact your reps

Summer is winding down, and the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees reminds feds they need to reach out to their representatives in Congress, and tell them what they want done on legislation this year.

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Hazard pay case: Feds fight on

After over a year of delays in getting a proper hearing on hazard pay due to on-the-job coronavirus risks, one of many federal employee unions seeking this adjustment has announced it is pushing on with its case.

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Pentagon pushes ahead with COVID vaccine mandate

The Defense Department will mandate Pfizer-produced COVID-19 vaccines following the FDA's approval, and other agencies are expected to follow.

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Census servers hacked in 2020

A watchdog report indicates that aging remote-access servers at the Census Bureau were successfully targeted by hackers in early 2020, using a known vulnerability -- and while no data was stolen, the incident revealed flaws in the bureau's cybersecurity response.

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Henri: Impacted feds can get extra help

Hurricane Henri was quickly downgraded after landfall to a tropical storm. But it hit New Jersey, New York and much of New England hard, with damage in the billions of dollars. Federal, state and local authorities are assisting, and plenty of private insurance adjusters are on the move. But some unions offer impacted members extra help.

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Workforce panel explains new COVID testing requirements

Agencies are not permitted to assign employees to remote or telework based solely on their vaccination status, the guidance says.

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State employees: "Do everything possible"

The leading organization of State Department employees is urging the Biden administration to secure all Americans, to "do everything possible" to assist those who want to leave, and to "bring as many Afghans to safety as humanly possible."

AFA: Reflections on a long war

The Air Force Association, a nonprofit support and education organization, and its leadership are speaking on the U.S. experience in Afghanistan. Namely, that the core mission of defeating Al Queda was accomplished early on, with aerospace capability being the key to success—as it remains the mainstay of evacuating Americans and allies from the country.

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Watchdog says contractor oversight lacking in Afghanistan

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction's newest report calls out the government's failure to oversee contractors on waste, fraud and abuse.

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