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    USPS opts out of tax deferral program

    The U.S. Postal Service announced this week that it would not be implementing President Trump's controversial payroll tax deferral plan for its employees.

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    Unions, scientists blast WH for politicizing COVID

    Scores of scientific stakeholders are pushing back against what they—and many other observers across society—see as the increasingly unhealthy influence of politics on medical research and measures deployed to quell coronavirus, a disease that in just six months has claimed 200,000-plus lives nationwide.

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    OPM built COVID dashboard on a shoestring

    Office of Personnel Management used a purchase card to kick off cloud-based emergency response data dashboard.

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    Stopgap spending bill passes

    The current appropriations bills are set to expire on Oct. 1; the bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

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    PIV security frays under the crush of telework

    Adversaries are adapting to the shifting identity authentication gaps on federal and commercial networks created by the remote work environment, according to federal security experts.

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    Survey: Teleworking feds expect 6 more months of COVID exodus

    A half year into the national emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic—and a new survey finds a majority of feds who telework expect that situation to continue for at least another six months.

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    COVID-19 highlights workforce technological challenges

    Attempting to modernize without a comprehensive approach that accounts for an agency's culture, engages its workforce and addresses critical business practices can actually create new or additional challenges that limit effectiveness and negatively affect mission outcomes.

  • Poorly protected postal workers are catching COVID-19 by the thousands

    More than 50,000 workers have taken time off for virus-related reasons, slowing mail delivery. The Postal Service doesn’t test employees or check their temperatures, and its contact tracing is erratic.