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OPM's new rules for student hiring

New rules published Tuesday by the Office of Personnel Management give agencies direct hire authority for appointing post-secondary students.

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BOP, union reach agreement

The Bureau of Prisons has concluded a labor agreement with the American Federation of Government Employees, and the union is touting several improvements in it.

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IRS hiring blitz could lead to modernization

The tax agency's chief procurement officer says she's on a mission to find top talent to work with industry, while modernizing the agency's acquisition processes amid a ballooning tax gap.

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Kabul: U.S., Afghan allies face daunting departure

As the U.S. / NATO mission in Afghanistan ends, reports foretell a difficult time ahead for U.S. nationals—including feds, contractors and others who need to leave—as they try to get safely out of the country.

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DOD to require vaccination

DOD announced that, in addition to requiring just about all civilian feds to get vaccinated, the military will also order the same of uniformed personnel.

FEHBP: Vaccine incentives extended

Various insurers under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plans (FEHBP) are reminding feds they can still get spending credits for themselves and each participant family member who gets vaccinated, and that the deadline for a qualifying first shot is extended to Sept. 6.

Expert: Agency confirmations lag, but reform is possible

Every incoming administration needs to fill several thousand political appointee positions in the executive branch. The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service (PPS), which focuses on improving government, recently published a detailed report on this perennial problem, along with data and specific recommendations on how to fix it.

Ready, Aim, Eschew !!!

Some prominent politicians and leaders ... eschew. Mike Causey considers whether another verb better applies.

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State, DOD: Exiting Afghanistan

The State Department and the Department of Defense issued initial statements addressing the need for the safe exit of U.S. and other nationals from Afghanistan, whose internationally-recognized government dissolved over the weekend—supplanted by the surprise arrival of advancing Talban forces in Kabul.

Senate panel wants DHS to focus intel activities on foreign threats

The Senate version of the annual intelligence authorization bill, which passed out of committee last week, includes a warning to the DHS intelligence arm to distinguish more carefully between its foreign and domestic missions.

Education Dept.'s labor violations

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) has ordered a hearing on labor law violations by the Department of Education's management during the Trump administration.

Report: Fed retirements increase

More feds are retiring this year than last, initial data shows. Delays in processing those claims are also increasing.

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Agency zero trust does not start from point zero

The good news is that consistent IT policy spanning previous presidential administrations has allowed the federal government to slowly put the necessary building blocks in place for the inevitable zero trust architecture journey.

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WH orders software protection compliance

The Office of Management and Budget has directed agencies to comply with software supply chain security measures, as set out in a May 2021 cybersecurity executive order.

Union: Infrastructure Act would aid public servants

A major employee union, AFSCME—representing nearly a million-and-a-half public servants including thousands of feds—sees real-life improvements ahead for all public servants if the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill becomes law.

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Analysis: Fed vaccine mandate's many roots

The Biden administration recently turned toward mandating vaccination or regular testing routines. A new analysis outlines some of the inputs behind the strategy.

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Why digital transformation is a process, not a destination

The agencies that may feel they don't have the time to fully implement digital transformation are the very ones that stand the most to gain.

PPS: Confirmation delays damage civil service

A new Partnership for Public Service report spotlights an increasingly bloated and sclerotic Senate confirmation process for executive branch political appointees. The document also offers some recommendations for reforming the system.

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