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OMB report highlights barriers to equity in federal programs

Onerous paperwork, complex requirements and opaque guidelines are just some of the many roadblocks preventing racial equity across the government services that federal employees help provide, a new report says.

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Pentagon to require civilian employees, servicemembers to vaccinate

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that in addition to applying the recent WH rules aimed at requiring just about all civilian feds to get vaccinated, the military services will also demand the same of uniformed personnel.

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Inconsistent coding may undercut DOD cyber workforce efforts

A DOD IG audit found that while the Pentagon has made strides, inconsistent job coding for civilian cyber work roles across a wide range of positions may hinder recruiting and retention.

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Feds who lie about vaccination or avoid testing could face discipline

The Biden-Harris administration is looking into which feds could be subject to more stringent vaccination requirements in addition to the mandate for VA clinical staff, said Jeff Zients, COVID-19 response coordinator.

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Reports: Variant slows WH back-to-office effort

In recent weeks, the Biden administration has been laying out plans on how to encourage feds and contractors to get vaccinated and, where need be, back at their traditional workplaces. But recent news reports show the plans are being thwarted by a renewed rise in COVID, and especially delta variant, cases.

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HHS looks to reset labor relations

Some federal agencies are leveraging a Biden administration executive order to change the tone of labor-management relations, but unions say a few departments aren't taking the order to heart.

Fed unions commemorate Richard Trumka

Federal employee organizations mark the death of longtime fighter for labor rights and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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FEP extends $75 & $50 vaccine credits

The Federal Employee Program (FEP), which is the umbrella for the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plans (FEHBP), is reminding feds they can still get dollar credit for themselves and each participant family member who gets vaccinated, and that the deadline for a qualifying first shot is extended out to Sept. 6.

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OPM head: "More questions than answers" on federal workforce vaccine policy

Kiran Ahuja, the recently installed director of the Office of Personnel Management, has a host of long-standing agency issues to deal with, along with helping implement governmentwide workforce policy to combat the spread of COVID-19.

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Education Dept. must address Trump-era violations

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) has ordered a hearing on multiple charges of federal labor law violations brought against the Department of Education's management, all committed during the term of the previous administration.

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DOD could face $4 billion in pandemic reimbursement payments for contractors

According to a GAO report, the Defense Department may have $4 billion in eligible reimbursements for contractors under the CARES Act.

Flemming Awards for outstanding feds

A handful of outstanding feds are being recognized with one of government service’s highest honors—the Arthur S. Flemming Awards, a tradition that has lasted nearly three-quarters of a century.

Expert: How to fix COLAs and survive inflation

The COVID pandemic hit the U.S. economy hard. In recent months, however, indicators show recovery, but with one new problem: Inflation. This week, Nathan Abse talks to retirement expert Mary Johnson of The Senior Citizens League on how bills in Congress could increase COLAs to better protect retiring feds, and seniors generally, from rising prices.

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Thrift Savings Share Prices as of July 29, 2021

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Senate OKs bill to modernize fed contracting, increase small business opportunities

The Senate cleared a bipartisan bill that would expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses, and push government to modernize acquisition processes.

Fed paid family leave advances

A bill that would provide federal employees with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave each year advanced in the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Feds motivated, but feeling unsupported

A poll of feds finds there's a disconnect between a federal workforce that self-identifies as being strongly motivated to do public service, but judges management to lag on this primary aim.

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Some fed unions hesitant on WH vaccine policy

Unions offer mixed reactions to new CDC-spurred White House policy that puts more pressure on feds to get vaccinated.

CISA debuts vulnerability disclosure platform

Federal civilian agencies can tap a bug reporting system fielded by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to track potential website and software vulnerabilities.

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