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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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New legislation will help protect feds abroad

Congress just passed a bill that, with the president's signature, soon will help better protect federal officers abroad.

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New missions present challenges for DOD cyber workforce

Mieke Eoyang, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, said one of DOD's main cyber workforce challenges is being able to set expectations around policymakers' calls to step in and defend against cyberattacks.

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FLRA faces backlogs, staffing woes

The agency has been without a general counsel for years, leaving it unable to resolve charges of unfair labor practices, but the Senate is poised to confirm new leadership.

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Labor org endorses bill to ease public sector unionizing

Recently re-introduced legislation, if passed, would help help more feds and other public-sector workers to avail themselves of union protections and associated potential gains that can come with joining organizations on-the-job.

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Perspective: Ways to improve fed recruiting

A government expert favors a wide range of changes and improvements to recruiting and retention in order to strengthen the future of the federal workforce.

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CISA seeks 24-hr timeline on cyber reporting

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency aims for faster reporting times on critical, security-threatening events. Two separate Senate bills set different deadlines for federal contractors, critical infrastructure providers and other covered companies to report cyber incidents to the federal government.

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Federal, state laws on vaccines conflict

A new report explores some of the growing conflicts between federal and state laws and regulations regarding workforce COVID vaccination mandates.

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The workforce challenge facing the IRS

Can the tax agency solve the problem of a shrinking workforce and an increasing workload?

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The CISO reporting structure is broken

The commitment to managing cyber risk is a primary concern, but is often consolidated with IT priorities. This creates a conflict ... does IT or security come out on top?

Report slams DeJoy's conflicts of interest

A recent report from government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) finds former private-sector shipping maven and current Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was subject to extremely inadequate conflict-of-interest safeguards.

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How GSA is implementing the contractor vaccination mandate

The agency's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and Public Building Service are using automated tools to send out contract modifications "by the thousands," to add the vaccination mandate said one agency official. FAS started issuing mass modifications on Oct. 8. They're issuing about 3,000 modifications per day.

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Unions praise WH move to support labor

Major federal employee unions are joining in, applauding the Biden administration's move to help organized labor across agencies.

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WH moves to protect workers from heat

With severe weather events increasing, particularly heat events, the White House and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have announced a new program to reduce the toll from on-the-job heat injuries and deaths.

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MSPB's online appeals system is getting a revamp

The agency is modernizing its online appeals system used by feds. Accessibility needs to be a central part of that entire process, said agency officials.

Study: Federal agencies resilient, doing "fine"

Much has been studied and written about the damage done in recent years to the federal civil service, its morale and attractiveness to new recruits. And there is very real evidence of trouble, especially at certain agencies. But a new study finds, for the most part, the opposite is true: Federal agencies and the workforce are remarkably resilient.

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.

Domestic violence: Feds speak out

A federal union is speaking out this month, raising awareness with facts on domestic violence—and directing feds on how to use the organization's in-house and other resources to fight this scourge. Domestic violence damages not just America's family life, but workers and their workplaces too.

FEHBP: Fed cost to rise 3.8%

OPM recently announced that employee premiums will a go up next year, with the federal employee portion rising 3.8%. Advocates urge employees to do some homework, in order to pick the plan best suited for your needs.

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