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Biden nominates MSPB vice chair

The White House has tapped Raymond Limon. a senior HR official at Interior, to serve as vice chair at MSPB.

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NATCA: Outmoded tech, facilities

The president of NATCA, the association of air traffic controllers, testified this week that at some facilities, equipment, technology and workplaces are all hitting, or past, obsolescence. The situation sometimes raises safety concerns, for the workforce and the flying public.

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OPM: Ahuja confirmed as director

Kiran Ahuja has been confirmed as director at OPM, with V.P. Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote in the Senate.

FEW to hold leadership training event

Federally Employed Women (FEW) will hold a virtual leadership training event this August, offering over a 100 different courses. For over 50 years, the group has been helping advance women in the federal workplace. Check out the plan.

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VHA: Bargaining rights within reach

Collective bargaining rights remain denied to tens of thousands of Veterans Health Administration doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers. But the VA Employee Fairness Act bill, passed by the House Veterans Affairs Committee, could change all that.

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DOD watchdog says DDS director didn't mistreat employees

DOD investigators report they did not find evidence to support allegations of workplace bullying by outgoing Defense Digital Service Director Brett Goldstein.

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POGO: IG vacancies raise concerns

Across federal agencies, inspectors general provide needed oversight, both deterring and investigating waste and fraud. But nowadays, according to the watchdog Project on Government Oversight, far too many permanent IG slots remain vacant for months or, in many cases, longer.

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SBA sidesteps union rights

Employees at SBA played a key role in easing the economic impact of the COVID emergency, especially in managing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that kept millions of businesses afloat. Yet many who were promised union protections have been denied their collective bargaining rights.

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NAPA panel on telework's impacts

The National Academy of Public Administration is inviting feds to join in, via Zoom, on a June 30 panel event on the future of telework, and its impacts on businesses and communities that surround federal workplaces.

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Think tank: New fed tech agency needed

A think tank, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), says the U.S. is stumbling in the global competition for advanced technology. The warning comes in a report proposing a new cabinet-level agency to address the problem.

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It's official: Juneteenth is a federal holiday

In the depths of the Civil War, President Lincoln declared slavery illegal in the Confederacy. But it took more than two more years, until after war’s end, to free the last enslaved persons in the South. And it's taken another century and a half for this crucial date to become a federal holiday.

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Army modernization scrutinized amid budget cuts

Lawmakers are concerned about the Army's modernization efforts being undermined by planned budget cuts

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Interior: Year-round firefighter force

The Department of the Interior is moving to create a new year-round federal firefighter workforce.

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New COVID protections for some feds

COVID has killed many feds, and sickened untold thousands more, and the disease continues to endanger the workforce into the future. But a new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard aims to reduce the threat, specifically to healthcare workers.

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DHS remaking federal hiring, to confront cybersecurity gap

After an alarming number of recent data breaches striking our shores, DHS is changing policy to speed the hiring of cybersecurity professionals.

HR org: Fed agencies keep up the telework, post-pandemic

Even as the country is moving past the worst of the COVID emergency, the federal government has decided to maintain high levels of telework. A new report offers insights on the move.

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DOD's electronic health records rollout hits 30 percent completion

DOD has completed nearly one-third of its rollout of its new electronic health records system, with 42,000 active users in more than a dozen states.

Covid: Fewer hires than expected

Fewer separations, not hiring spikes, drove 2020 growth in number of federal employees.

AFGE pushes for more funding, staff

The American Federation of Government Employees, representing employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (USCIS), is pressing for greater funding and staffing.

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