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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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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.

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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.

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