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Federal contractor vaccine deadline extended

Federal employees remain subject to their original Nov. 22 deadline, while employees of federal contractors will have their vaccination deadline pushed back from their original date to Jan. 4, 2022.

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New State Dept. cyber bureau announced

A new cyber unit is planned for the State Department, covering cyberspace and digital policy—as one of a number of improvements announced by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a recent speech.

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Report: COVID safety improving at agencies

A recent GAO report finds that since the White House ordered its COVID Task Force to review federal workplace safety last year, many improvements have been made in current and future workplace health and reentry plans.

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Some feds, contractors resist vaccine orders

As deadlines loom for millions of feds and employees of companies that do business with the government, a sizable number continue to delay—or outright resist—the coming federal mandates. A report outlines the labor and political players involved, and possible impacts.

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TSP to launch mobile app next year

The Thrift Savings Plan will offer a mobile app, as part of a plan to consolidate multiple service contracts at the FRTIB.

Bill to protect feds abroad advances

Last week, a bill passed in Congress that should significantly strengthen U.S. law governing the protection of American federal officers abroad. The Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act is set to add significant safeguards for our people as they fight drugs, human trafficking and terror in countries other than the U.S.

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Bill eases public-sector unionizing

A major public-sector employees' union has joined others in backing legislation that could lead to more government employees joining labor organizations.

Few vaccine loopholes for contractors

A news analysis outlines several major companies' moves to comply with the contractor EO—and predicts very limited success for those who remain in opposition.

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And now for something completely different ...

Columnist Mike Causey begins his most recent piece by wondering if most feds headed toward retirement are (still) talking about their pay and benefits packages, or is it something completely different—say, something about masks and jabs?

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Feds receive Service to America Awards

This year's annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America awards (better known as the “Sammies”) brings special recognition to a slew of high-achieving feds, with several heroes involved in the fight against COVID honored.

Unions welcome WH support

Federal employee unions are praising a recent White House announcement pressing agencies to better inform feds of their collective bargaining and other labor rights.

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GAO prods OPM to review pandemic hiring

A new Government Accountability Office report says that not compiling the lessons learned from special hiring authorities could "risk significantly hindering the government's ability to recruit, hire, retain and manage its current COVID-19 pandemic workforce as well as for future pandemics or emergencies."

Conflicts of interest at USPS

A recent report from a government watchdog group finds serious conflicts of interest at the top level of the Postal Service.

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Sammies bring recognition to high achieving feds

The annual celebration is on, with events honoring some of the highest-achieving feds held Thursday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Nov. 1.

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Fed firefighters: Union wants better pay, support

Wildland firefighters serve in one of the most demanding and dangerous roles of all federal employees. A major union representing them is pressing for improvements in pay and other support for these crucial frontline workers.

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IGs look to expand investigative authority

Agency watchdogs are telling lawmakers that they want authority to subpoena former federal employees, contractors and other non-governmental witnesses, for testimony in IG probes

Civic tech vendor recognizes employee union

Code for America recognized a new employee union, a first in the civic tech sector.

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Remember Veterans Day

Veterans Day—coming up on Thurs., Nov. 11—is a day for all Americans to honor those who have served in the toughest conditions for our country. It is also one of 12 federal holidays.

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