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WH rolls out workforce DEIA strategy

The Biden administration just last week issued agencies a new roadmap to guide their efforts to develop strategic plans for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA), as required under a June 2021 executive order.

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Giving Tuesday: Feds, it's time to help your favorite causes

Every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, feds can be counted on to give millions of dollars and volunteer thousands of hours of their time to worthy causes. The Combined Federal Campaign, which runs through Jan. 15, 2022, is urging feds to join in.

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New rule: $15 min wage for fed contractors

Employees working on federal contracts will have a $15 minimum wage starting on Jan. 30, 2022, per a new rule issued by the Labor Department.

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Vax mandate enforcement delayed

The vast majority of feds have complied with the Nov. 22 deadline to either be on a path to vaccination or in the process of applying for a legitimate exception. In recent days, the White House has instructed agencies to counsel employees or otherwise offer those out-of-compliance some additional time—before taking more punitive measures.

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Digital Service Academy? Agency tech leaders weigh in

Agency tech leaders sounded off to the Government Accountability Office about the prospect of launching a digital service training school modeled on the military service academies to bring more tech talent into government.

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IRS: Union backs Build Back Better to ease backlog

The union representing employees at the beleaguered and underfunded IRS see reform possibilities in the bill.

Fed government still in dark on ransomeware

Information on the majority of ransomware attacks targeting American companies and civilian agencies remains unreported to the Department of Homeland Security, a top cyber official told lawmakers.

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WH releases "vision" for management agenda

The president's management agenda will stress the federal workforce, customer service user experience and equity—as well as a push to build capacity in financial management and improve acquisition.

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COVID: It's Deadline Day for feds

The Nov. 22 deadline for federal employees to either be vaccinated or obtain a valid exemption finally has arrived, and the Biden administration is touting strong compliance across the government.

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Recruitment is top of mind for OPM's Ahuja

"If we want the best talent meeting America's needs, then we need to be smart about creating opportunities for them," OPM Director Kiran Ahuja said at an event hosted by a FederalSoup partner publication, FCW.

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Bill offers judiciary employees sex harass protections

Currently, employees of the federal courts—the judicial branch of our government—are inadequately protected in deterring or gaining redress from on-the-job sexual harassment. Advocates are joining with allies on Capitol Hill to pass legislation on the issue.

Postal union pushes back on "red ink" story

Postal worker labor organizations are again pushing back against reports of financial losses across the massive delivery operation—reminding the public that the numbers are distorted by "faulty" accounting over impossible future retiree costs and other issues, all of which can only be remedied by the White House and Congress.

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Vaccine mandate, holiday travel loom at TSA

TSA has reported to us that it does not expect the upcoming vaccination deadline for feds to cause disruptions.

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Toxic workplace: Feds seek compensation

Over decades, feds at multiple departments and agencies were exposed to toxic chemicals at a complex of federal buildings in St. Louis. Now, after whistleblower accounts, scientific reports and help from a major federal employee union, those affected are seeing a ray of hope for receiving help with healthcare.

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New DHS cyber talent system goes into effect

Agency officials estimate that around 1,000 of its 1,500 cyber vacancies could fit into the new scheme.

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OPM updates decades-old telework guide

The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to rethink their approach to work in light of lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Check out Senior Exec leadership summit

The association representing top feds is holding a virtual summit in December—and if you are a current or aspiring leader at an agency or department, you are welcome to attend and gain from everyone else’s experiences, including agency heads, fellow feds and experts, over these past—and very tough—months.

Bill to end WEP penalty?

Legislation is pending on Capitol Hill that would rescind the current WEP penalty, a penalty that reduces federal retirement checks. Federal employee advocates are applauding the proposal.

Feds: Tighten cybersecurity

A majority of feds in the cyber field queried in a recent survey think they do a better job than their private-sector counterparts. Before that stat leads you to jump to conclusions that feds think all is well in the computer security world, take note: A far larger majority of feds say that government must do much more to protect data and computer networks.

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