Most agencies are still operating under shutdown plans crafted under the Trump administration, but there are provisions for continuing pandemic programs and operations.
The plan has been revised with labor in mind, but a federal employee union still has concerns about a permanent National Digital Reserve Corps at the General Services Administration (GSA).
A federal employee this week was sentenced for accessing child pornography, which investigators specified he was doing in the federal workplace on government computers. The Department of Justice issued a statement on the sentencing—along with a plea that feds and the public be vigilant and consult the DOJ's Project Safe Childhood website to learn more about a "growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation."
The Merit Systems Protection Board will also likely have to address fallout from disciplinary measures taken as the federal employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate takes effect.
The union representing CBP officers is publicizing its approval of the requirement that foreign nationals who arrive by air to the U.S. must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry—and are pressing for the policy to be expanded to cover land and sea ports of entry, too.
The funding would support the implementation of President Joe Biden's May EO on cybersecurity and workforce development.
The Interior Department is reversing a Trump administration move to put the Bureau of Land Management in Grand Junction, Colo., but the new outpost will now serve as a Western headquarters.
Most retirement advisors are very cautious, focusing on the need for adequate savings and pension to be on hand, before calling it a day at the office. This week, however, we talked with a popular advisor who focuses on less-discussed subjects: finding the courage to retire, and satisfying a continuing need for a full life with some adventure and joy.