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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.

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TVA walks back plans to fire U.S. tech workers

The federally owned power company called the plan to fire workers and outsource IT operations as a "disappointing misstep" after the president blasted the move.

Union complaint of 'resistance' talk in the federal workplace dismissed

The American Federation of Government Employees had complained an Office of Special Counsel advisory was chilling federal employees' speech.

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Esper calls Floyd murder a 'wakeup call' to improve diversity, inclusion

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he's heard from service members across the branches, which spurred DOD to stand up three initiatives to fight discrimination.

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Trump pushes agencies to review, reduce foreign hires on federal contracts

The White House this week ordered all agencies to review their procedures to ensure that federal contractors employ U.S. nationals ahead of foreign workers.

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OPM reorganizes HR data management teams

The new Human Capital Data Management and Modernization Directorate aims to advance use of data to improve decision-making, but the union sees the change as another attempt to merge the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration.

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Trump fires TVA chairman over foreign contractors

The federally owned power company is rethinking plans to fire its internal IT staff and shift to managed services in light of Trump's intervention and a new executive order on federal contracting.

Union pleads for USCIS funding as furloughs loom

The union that represents many of the 13,000 immigration employees facing furloughs backed the agency's push for emergency supplemental funding.

In praise of anonymous sources

My own "Deep Throat" never betrayed his department, but he did point out where it and other agencies were having problems, making mistakes or just not doing what they were supposed to do for agency employees and the taxpayers.

Feds vie for top prize in cybersecurity contest

This week, Nathan Abse interviews Harry Mourtos, IT specialist and lead on the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition that rewards cybersecurity skills among federal employees.

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