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Congress: Temp debt limit deal

Congressional leaders reached a short-term deal in mid-October for raising the federal debt limit, heading off a potential economic catastrophe—and keeping federal employee and contractor paychecks flowing.

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Let's cut vet suicides

The RAND Corporation recently presented testimony indicating that faster collection and publication of data, and associated research, could reduce a horrendous toll of suicide among veterans. Currently, an average of 17 vets take their own lives each day.

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Thrift Savings Share Prices as of October 18, 2021.

Shopping for the perfect career ...

Government reporter and columnist Mike Causey asks: What is the "perfect career," anyway? And what would the Board of Directors at the ideal employer be like, and how long might each member serve?

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Report: Few vaccine loopholes for contractors

Over 700,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19. Facing continuing death and morbidity across the economy and government, the White House last month issued executive orders mandating vaccination not only for federal employees, but also federal 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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How training fits into cyber workforce development

In a tight market for cyber talent, training is one way to show the workforce you've invested in them, says Jason Gray, the Department of Education's CIO and co-chair of the CIO Council's Workforce Committee.

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Better, faster research could cut vet suicides

About 17 veterans take their own lives every day, a far higher toll than occurred in America's most recent wars. The think tank RAND Corporation recently presented testimony suggesting that faster collection and publication of data, and associated research, could be used to reduce these horrific losses.

CISA chief looks to new system for new talent

Despite increasing competition among the public and private sectors in hiring top cyber talent, CISA Director Jen Easterly said she has high hopes for a new personnel management system which reduces friction in hiring and offers new career paths.

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IT spend at DOD expected to rise

Rising IT and cyber budgets may lay ahead, as the Defense Department moves forward with implementing zero trust architecture and begins relying more on artificial intelligence.

Sharply higher COLAs announced for 2022

The Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI-W calculation of price rises across the economy has resulted in sharply higher cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), just announced Sept. 13 for Social Security as well as federal retirement and other plans.

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Survey: Federal IT workers say agencies lag

In a survey, 88% of federal employees working full-time in technology or IT-focused roles say agencies have fallen behind on modernization plans, citing cultural resistance to change and the inability of contractors to quickly implement new initiatives.

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FEHBP: With premiums up 2.4%, feds, do your homework ...

OPM recently announced that employee premiums will rise an average of 2.4%—a modest increase. Federal employee advocates are advising feds to do a little homework to get the best deal.

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DOD personnel subject to continuous vetting

Defense and military personnel now come under an automated "continuous vetting" program to flag concerning behavior or circumstances, as part of the security clearance process.

Domestic violence hits homes—and workplaces

Domestic violence is not only taking a toll on America's family life, but on workers and workplaces too. A federal union is speaking out this month, raising awareness—and reminding feds to use in-house and other resources to fight this scourge.

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Congress: Short-term deal reached on debt limit

Congressional leaders have reached a deal, for the short-term, on raising the federal debt limit, averting a potential general economic catastrophe—and keeping federal employee and contractor paychecks flowing.

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Public Service Loans Forgiveness gets reboot

The program, meant to wipe the student debt of eligible public servants, in theory a big help to feds, so far has rejected the vast majority of applications it's received.

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Tough conversations on ransomware ahead

The U.S. government, will have to start regularly having hard conversations "country to country" on state-sponsored cyberattacks, according to a top Defense Department official.

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Public-private exchanges benefit feds, agencies

A new paper from the Partnership for Public Service offers first-hand reporting on the experiences and benefits gained by federal employees who have participated in public-private exchange programs.

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Feds to Congress: Fix the Debt Ceiling

Some fed organizations and unions are chiming in with warnings on the continuing standoff in Congress over the debt limit—and with the Treasury Secretary warning of possible trouble ahead, that worry is spreading among the federal community.

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