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Education Dept. must address Trump-era violations

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) has ordered a hearing on multiple charges of federal labor law violations brought against the Department of Education's management, all committed during the term of the previous administration.

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DOD could face $4 billion in pandemic reimbursement payments for contractors

According to a GAO report, the Defense Department may have $4 billion in eligible reimbursements for contractors under the CARES Act.

Flemming Awards for outstanding feds

A handful of outstanding feds are being recognized with one of government service’s highest honors—the Arthur S. Flemming Awards, a tradition that has lasted nearly three-quarters of a century.

Expert: How to fix COLAs and survive inflation

The COVID pandemic hit the U.S. economy hard. In recent months, however, indicators show recovery, but with one new problem: Inflation. This week, Nathan Abse talks to retirement expert Mary Johnson of The Senior Citizens League on how bills in Congress could increase COLAs to better protect retiring feds, and seniors generally, from rising prices.

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of July 29, 2021

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Senate OKs bill to modernize fed contracting, increase small business opportunities

The Senate cleared a bipartisan bill that would expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses, and push government to modernize acquisition processes.

Fed paid family leave advances

A bill that would provide federal employees with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave each year advanced in the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Feds motivated, but feeling unsupported

A poll of feds finds there's a disconnect between a federal workforce that self-identifies as being strongly motivated to do public service, but judges management to lag on this primary aim.

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Some fed unions hesitant on WH vaccine policy

Unions offer mixed reactions to new CDC-spurred White House policy that puts more pressure on feds to get vaccinated.

CISA debuts vulnerability disclosure platform

Federal civilian agencies can tap a bug reporting system fielded by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to track potential website and software vulnerabilities.

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Fed engineers support WH vaccination policy

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), representing engineers and other professionals across the federal government, joined other fed organizations to endorse the recent White House policy change designed to encourage hesitant feds to get vaccinated.

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Masking rules back in federal workplaces

In the wake of new CDC recommendations calling for masking up again indoors, federal agencies are scrambling to put requirements for face coverings back in place.

DHS hiring sprint shows promise, but cyber workforce gaps remain

The federal government continues to face challenges in recruiting a skilled cybersecurity workforce, amid private sector demand and hiring process obstacles, but recent signs show long-term efforts at improvement are starting to pay off.

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Reports: Feds face required vaccination

The White House is on course to require all civilian federal employees across the government to get fully vaccinated, or face mandatory ongoing COVID testing, according to reports. Exceptions may be made for religious and health reasons, depending on the job and agency.

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BLM HQ move still under review

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told a Senate panel on Tuesday, July 27, that a decision on whether to keep BLM headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo. needs to come "fairly soon."

Federal Workers Alliance: Fix the FLRB, FSIP

The Federal Workers Alliance, an umbrella org for federal employee unions and advocacy groups, is pressing the White House to take action on two key federal labor panels—the Federal Labor Relations Board (FLRB) and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP).

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VA mandates vaccination for clinical staff

VA Secretary Denis McDonough cited the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as a factor in ordering the new vaccination policy.

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The arguments for modernizing HCM systems

Comment: HCM software can improve efficiency through self-service and automation, enable HR to better address employee wellbeing and engagement, and prepare for the future while aligning HR with your organization's mission today.

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Push is on for IG subpoena power

After years of failed attempts to strengthen the powers of inspectors general, a report documents a renewed push by IGs, advocates and lawmakers to pass legislation on the issue.

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