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Pentagon eases COVID restrictions, allows 90% occupancy

The Pentagon is one step closer to returning to normal, as it moved in recent days to allow up to 90% of personnel in the office.

Vaccinated? Get a $75 credit

Over 67 percent of the country is partially vaccinated, but as the velocity of vaccination slows yet another federal employee health insurer, GEHA, is offering an incentive to get it done.

Signs of the times

After months and months of masks and uncertainty, things are improving but certain new trends are showing staying power. Mike Causey hopes that feds are too.

Bill to revive MSPB advances

MSPB may be back in business soon. A bill to get it going again has advanced in Congress.

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Three steps feds can take to be better cyber citizens

As cyberattacks become more sophisticated, it’s easy to assume the security team will take care of risk management and mitigation. But security is everyone’s responsibility.

Bill: Retirement option for part-time, temp feds

The Federal Fairness Retirement Act, currently pending in Congress, would let feds whose careers started in temporary or seasonal positions to retroactively contribute to retirement, crediting their intermittent and part-time stints of employment.

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Postal union, orgs slam 10-year plan

The Postal Service's top management says its 10-year plan would save billions of dollars, and cost only "acceptable" service slowdowns. Some postal labor leaders and other critics, including many in Congress, argue the plan would impede already sclerotic mail and undermine USPS's future viability.

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Union urges summertime giving

A major federal employee union is urging members and other feds to give to charity this summer—specifically FEEA, a charity focused solely on the needs of feds.

GAO: Tighten up R&D awards

Numerous federal agencies provide support to promising private sector entities on their R&D, but GAO investigation finds all but one don't stick strictly to program rules.

More cybersecurity training for feds?

With continuing attacks on government and private sector networks, a bipartisan cybersecurity bill would mandate more training, focusing especially on feds with supply chain duties.

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WH ousts SSA leadership

in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling suggesting SSA's top leaders could be replaced before their terms expired, the White House moved forward on July 9 to do just that.

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Treasury whistleblower's long & winding road

A new report paints a picture of a miscarriage of justice for Treasury Dept. whistleblower "May" Edwards, who facing roadblocks to stopping abuses through official channels instead went to the press. Supporters note she gave key information to the "Panama Papers" project, fueling financial and political reforms worldwide. Yet, for other leaks she faces six months in prison. There are growing calls, and online petitioning, for a pardon.

APWU, allies slam slow mail plan

This year, the Postal Service issued a 10 year plan that top management says would cut financial losses, at a cost of acceptable slowdowns in service. Critics, ranging from the largest postal labor union to a mix of lawmakers, argue to the contrary: the plan would gut the centuries-old national trust and its future viability.

Could increasing telework make government employment more accessible?

The pandemic pushed over half of the federal workforce into telework. Disability rights advocates say maintaining greater access to telework could make the federal workspace more accessible.

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Biden admin ups pay for fed firefighters

Average annual pay for U.S. Forest Service firefighters is $38,000, versus $70,000 to $88,000 for their state, local and private counterparts. The White House has ordered an immediate modest boost, and bills pending in Congress could lock in this and additional gains for these crucial first responders.

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Opinion: Require financial training at military academies, to combat waste, fraud and abuse

GAO auditors often cannot rely on financial figures submitted on DOD use of resources. Some financial experts say one solution would be to require courses in economics, including accounting and other pertinent subfields, to graduate from all service academies.

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Cybersecurity bill: Training to block breaches

Against continuing attacks on both government and private sector cybersecurity, a bipartisan bill in Congress would mandate more training with standard techniques to defeat breaches, focused especially on feds with supply chain duties.

DHS workforce sprint brings in nearly 300 cyber employees

DHS just finished a hiring "sprint" it launched in May. The result? More than 300 new cybersecurity professionals have been brought onboard, and another 500 have offers on the table.

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VA watchdog warns of security risks from undocumented PIV cards

The VHA is at risk of security breaches, due to ongoing failure to follow requirements for documenting returned personal identity verification cards (PIVs), according to an IG report.

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