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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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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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Interior: Year-round firefighter force

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

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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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.

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.

SSA's many online services

The Social Security Administration reminds the public that many of the disability, retirement and survivor benefits agency’s functions can be accessed, and very easily, online.

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FEHBP: Vaccine incentives come to some plans

Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in FEHBP are offering a $50 incentive to member feds who get vaccinated.

WH proposes 2.7% pay increase for feds

Good news for feds on salary: the Biden administration is proposing a 2.7% rise in base pay for 2022—if effected, the biggest annual bump in over a decade.

Are feds truly "fire-proof"?

Although I can't prove it, I suspect the number one complaint of taxpayers about the civil service is that they believe they are fireproof, all too safe in their jobs.

NTEU hopeful on budget boost

The National Treasury Employees Union is hopeful for increased funding and staffing at agencies, highlighting IRS, CBP and others.

Covid: Fewer hires than expected

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

Thrift Savings Share Prices

Thrift Savings Share Prices as of June 11, 2021

OPM: Special sign-up this summer

FSAFEDS: Throughout June, there is a special enrollment period for joining or changing selections in feds' health savings accounts.

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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.

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Report: OPM surveys H.R. skills gaps

A new survey from OPM aims to help close skills gaps at H.R. departments across the federal government.

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