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    Report: Few vaccine loopholes for contractors

    Over 700,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19. Facing continuing death and morbidity across the economy and government, the White House last month issued executive orders mandating vaccination not only for federal employees, but also federal contractors. A news analysis outlines several major companies' moves to comply with the contractor EO—and predicts very limited success for those who remain in opposition . More

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    DOD could get new tech positions

    Heidi Shyu , undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, wants to add new oversight roles for software and sustainment efforts.

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    How training fits into cyber workforce development

    In a tight market for cyber talent, training is one way to show the workforce you've invested in them, says Jason Gray, the Department of Education's CIO and co-chair of the CIO Council's Workforce Committee.

  • CISA chief looks to new system for new talent

    Despite increasing competition among the public and private sectors in hiring top cyber talent, CISA Director Jen Easterly said she has high hopes for a new personnel management system which reduces friction in hiring and offers new career paths.

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    Better, faster research could cut vet suicides

    About 17 veterans take their own lives every day, a far higher toll than occurred in America's most recent wars. The think tank RAND Corporation recently presented testimony suggesting that faster collection and publication of data, and associated research, could be used to reduce these horrific losses.

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    IT spend at DOD expected to rise

    Rising IT and cyber budgets may lay ahead, as the Defense Department moves forward with implementing zero trust architecture and begins relying more on artificial intelligence.

  • Sharply higher COLAs announced for 2022

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI-W calculation of price rises across the economy has resulted in sharply higher cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), just announced Sept. 13 for Social Security as well as federal retirement and other plans.

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    Survey: Federal IT workers say agencies lag

    In a survey, 88% of federal employees working full-time in technology or IT-focused roles say agencies have fallen behind on modernization plans, citing cultural resistance to change and the inability of contractors to quickly implement new initiatives.

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    FEHBP: With premiums up 2.4%, feds, do your homework ...

    OPM recently announced that employee premiums will rise an average of 2.4%—a modest increase. Federal employee advocates are advising feds to do a little homework to get the best deal.

  • military AI

    DOD personnel subject to continuous vetting

    Defense and military personnel now come under an automated "continuous vetting" program to flag concerning behavior or circumstances, as part of the security clearance process.

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