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Feds—It's Open Season!

It's Open Season, and time for feds to consult the best and clearest resources—to get needed info to make the smartest choices on next year's health insurance and other benefit plans.

GAO: COVID safety improving

Many improvements have been made in current and future workplace health and reentry information collection and plans, according to a GAO report finds, in wake of a White House order last year instructing the COVID Task Force to review the situation.

Letter: Feds, report back!

A group of lawmakers has signed a letter, pressing the Biden administration to bring more of the federal workforce back to its pre-pandemic offices and worksites, given complaints of continued reduced government "responsiveness" to the public and businesses.

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Survey: Cyber feds see need for more security

A recent survey of federal employees, conducted by a software firm, finds that a majority of feds in the cyber field think they do a better job than their private-sector counterparts. Having said that, an even larger majority think much more needs to be done by government to protect data and computer networks.

Contractor vax deadline on hold

A federal appeals court put a stay on the White House-led OSHA regulations, which had called for larger private-sector companies to require either COVID vaccinations or weekly testing.

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Speed bumps for VAs new scheduling system

A watchdog report has identified gaps in training and oversight regarding the new scheduling system being implemented at VA medical facilities.

Unions: Delay fed vax deadline

Federal employee unions are objecting to the Biden administration's Nov. 22 vaccination deadline for feds, and are asking for that date to be pushed into January.

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Feds ... it is Open Season!!!

Federal employees, it's time to do a little bit of research. It's Open Season for your health insurance and related choices for 2022.

Funding hampers cyber EO compliance

A group of agency CIOs shared what they see as the biggest obstacles in meeting a series of aggressive deadlines and modernization goals of the Biden administration's sweeping cybersecurity executive order.

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Feds commemorate Veterans Day, Nov. 11

Veterans Day. Thursday, Nov. 11. Federal employees around the country and around the world joined fellow Americans in saluting those who have served under the most difficult circumstances.

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Union complains of "double standard" on mandates

AFGE is asking policymakers to put federal employees and contractors on the same clock, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

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Union pushes for extension on vax deadline

A major federal employees' union is pressing the Biden administration to delay the vaccination deadline for federal employees.

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SSA plans to bring workers back

Field office and teleservice employees at the Social Security Administration will still have some ability to telework even after the agency implements a "reentry process" for managers and staff.

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DOL rolls back contractor religious exemption

DOL announced it would undo a rule that was criticized by civil rights activists as easing the ability of some federal contractors to discriminate when making hiring decisions.

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Fed advocates welcome bill to end WEP penalty

Federal employee advocates are applauding legislation that would rescind the current WEP penalty that reduces federal retirement checks.

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Opponents of mandates score a win

Foes of federal vaccine mandates have scored a win, at least for the moment. A federal appeals court placed a stay on the White House-ordered OSHA regulations calling for some private-sector companies to require either COVID vaccinations or weekly testing.

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Lawmakers demand feds return to desks, worksites

A group of senators is pressing the Biden administration to get far more of the federal workforce back at its pre-pandemic offices and worksites, citing complaints of continued reduced government "responsiveness" to the public and businesses.

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Training the diplomats of the future

The pandemic pushed much of the department's training online and the Foreign Service Institute is looking to adapt some of the lessons of virtual education for the future.

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WH: "There's not a cliff here" on vaccine deadlines

For feds and contractors who don't hit vaccination deadlines, processes for remediation will kick in before more serious enforcement measures are taken, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeffrey Zients said.

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