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Fed engineers support WH vaccination policy

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), representing engineers and other professionals across the federal government, joined other fed organizations to endorse the recent White House policy change designed to encourage hesitant feds to get vaccinated.

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Masking rules back in federal workplaces

In the wake of new CDC recommendations calling for masking up again indoors, federal agencies are scrambling to put requirements for face coverings back in place.

DHS hiring sprint shows promise, but cyber workforce gaps remain

The federal government continues to face challenges in recruiting a skilled cybersecurity workforce, amid private sector demand and hiring process obstacles, but recent signs show long-term efforts at improvement are starting to pay off.

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Reports: Feds face required vaccination

The White House is on course to require all civilian federal employees across the government to get fully vaccinated, or face mandatory ongoing COVID testing, according to reports. Exceptions may be made for religious and health reasons, depending on the job and agency.

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BLM HQ move still under review

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told a Senate panel on Tuesday, July 27, that a decision on whether to keep BLM headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo. needs to come "fairly soon."

Federal Workers Alliance: Fix the FLRB, FSIP

The Federal Workers Alliance, an umbrella org for federal employee unions and advocacy groups, is pressing the White House to take action on two key federal labor panels—the Federal Labor Relations Board (FLRB) and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP).

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VA mandates vaccination for clinical staff

VA Secretary Denis McDonough cited the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as a factor in ordering the new vaccination policy.

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The arguments for modernizing HCM systems

Comment: HCM software can improve efficiency through self-service and automation, enable HR to better address employee wellbeing and engagement, and prepare for the future while aligning HR with your organization's mission today.

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Push is on for IG subpoena power

After years of failed attempts to strengthen the powers of inspectors general, a report documents a renewed push by IGs, advocates and lawmakers to pass legislation on the issue.

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Data trust and connectivity challenge Army network innovators

The Army is taking cues from blockchain to help make battlefield data more trustworthy for commanding officers. "Immutable" data is data they can be sure of.

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Union rights cleared for takeoff at TSA

Weeks after DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ordered TSA to develop expanded union rights for Transportation Security Administration employees, the union that has long represented them reports progress.

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Flemming Awards go to outstanding feds

Recipients of the annual Arthur Flemming Awards were recognized recently, in an online event spotlighting outstanding, innovative feds.

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Lawmakers balk at issues with VA's $21 billion health record program

At a Senate hearing last week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough noted deficiencies in training, including a lack of a real system available for use by clinicians in advance of the go-live date for a new, integrated health care software system.

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Poll: Feds aim to serve, but feel unsupported

A newly released consulting firm's survey of feds reveals most remain focused on serving, but a large proportion feel management doesn't share that priority.

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Defense bills may be delayed until December

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently said delays could lead Congress to have to pass a continuing resolution to start FY 2022.

Amid rancor, paid family leave advances

Amid controversy and a contentious hearing, a bill that would guarantee paid family leave for feds, across more circumstances, advances.

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Fed workforce equity EO: What next?

On June 25, President Biden signed a sweeping Executive Order on workforce equity. Here's a timeline on how we can expect it to be implemented.

Poll: Telework increases productivity

A new survey adds to the growing weight of reports showing telework works for feds, with 80% of respondents saying remote work is helping them complete tasks more efficiently.

Get your C.V. in order

The American Society for Public Administration is hosting an e-learning event this month on “Crafting a Compelling Resume,” to help you get beyond concerns about yours.

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