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Lawmakers balk at issues with VA's $21 billion health record program

At a Senate hearing last week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough noted deficiencies in training, including a lack of a real system available for use by clinicians in advance of the go-live date for a new, integrated health care software system.

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Poll: Feds aim to serve, but feel unsupported

A newly released consulting firm's survey of feds reveals most remain focused on serving, but a large proportion feel management doesn't share that priority.

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Defense bills may be delayed until December

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently said delays could lead Congress to have to pass a continuing resolution to start FY 2022.

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Fed workforce equity EO: What next?

On June 25, President Biden signed a sweeping Executive Order on workforce equity. Here's a timeline on how we can expect it to be implemented.

Amid rancor, paid family leave advances

Amid controversy and a contentious hearing, a bill that would guarantee paid family leave for feds, across more circumstances, advances.

Get your C.V. in order

The American Society for Public Administration is hosting an e-learning event this month on “Crafting a Compelling Resume,” to help you get beyond concerns about yours.

Poll: Telework increases productivity

A new survey adds to the growing weight of reports showing telework works for feds, with 80% of respondents saying remote work is helping them complete tasks more efficiently.

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GPO: Remote work made permanent

For many employees at the storied Government Publishing Office, the scurry to telework that came with COVID has just been made permanent.

Summertime giving: Feds, please chip in

A major federal employee union is urging members and others to give to charity this summer—and specifically to a tried and true stalwart that focuses only on the needs of feds.

The new math for COLAs

There's a New Math on what we might expect for retired feds and their COLAs.

Expert: Normalcy returning to the civil service, slowly

Six months into the current administration, to many there’s just one key question about our government many are asking—political scientists, public administrators and the public: all want to know: Are we beginning to see a return to “normal” in government, in agencies and the civil service—and perhaps even in our politics? “

TSP to offer sustainable funds

Federal retirees will have new choices for investing their retirement savings, those that support sustainable enterprises. But the option will not be available until next year.

A procurement paradigm for digital government

If there’s one bright spot to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that the global health crisis turbocharged the adoption of high-tech tools by government agencies.

Finally, feds could put ESG in their TSP

The $700-plus billion Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) employee retirement funds will offer new investment choices governed by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles.

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Job seekers: ASPA webinar can help

The American Society for Public Administration will host an e-learning event July 22 that just might help you get a deserved promotion, or your dream job.

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Michael Brown withdraws nomination for DOD's top acquisition role

The person chosen for the top slot in acquisition at the Pentagon has voluntarily dropped out of contention.

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Want progress? Join the Federal Innovators Network!

Do you push for change, or just more creative problem-solving, at your agency? Consider joining the new Federal Innovators Network.

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Vote delayed on Biden's SBA nominee amid GOP-led filibuster attempts

Republican lawmakers have condemned Dilawar Syed, the president's nominee to serve as deputy administrator for the Small Business Administration, over his involvement with a Muslim advocacy group that has been critical of Israel.

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