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OMB to pilot data science reskilling program

The Office of Management and Budget is developing another technology reskilling pilot, this time aimed at fostering data science talent.

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Special Counsel outlines its Hatch Act limits

In an Aug. 26 statement, Office of Special Counsel noted that though it has responsibility to enforce the Hatch Act, it “has no statutory authority to enforce or advise on criminal provisions…. That task belongs solely to the U.S. Department of Justice.”

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USCIS calls off furloughs of 13,000 workers

The planned furloughs of more than 13,000 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees set for Aug. 30 have been cancelled, the agency announced today.

Bill extends agency telework through the pandemic

A bipartisan Senate bill would extend full-time agency telework, requiring federal agencies to let eligible employees work from home during the COVID-19 emergency.

Amid all the COVID unknowns, one certainty: We need cool heads

We don’t know how the pandemic will play out. But I was reminded of when Frances Kelsey, a stubborn employee of the Food and Drug Administration, insisted on more research on what was being hailed as the a miracle drug -- thalidomide.

Lawmakers, unions join to oppose end to ‘official time’ for EEOC complaints

Federal employee unions -- joined by 185 lawmakers on Capitol Hill -- are clamoring to block the Trump administration from eliminating federal employees’ use of “official time” for managing workplace discrimination complaints.

Union officer slams Postal Service’s new direction

To find out how USPS’ rank-and-file sees the latest set of crises—COVID outbreaks, cost cuts and the mail-in ballot controversy—FEND’s Nathan Abse interviewed Kevin Tabarus, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Local 300, which represents about 5,200 employees in the New York City metropolitan area.

AFGE backs Harris for VP

The largest federal employee union endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's pick of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for the number two slot on the ticket.

For DOD, diversity begins with inclusion, culture change

Janice Glover-Jones, the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief diversity, equality and inclusion officer, said that diversity has to be more than compliance and hitting numbers. It must focus on inclusivity and a behavior change within teams.

Union survey finds widespread racial bias at VA

Racism and incidents of racial bias are a big problem at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a survey released by the American Federation of Government Employees.