Federal Employees News Digest

Feds bypass COVID closures

Federal employees, like workers the world over, have endured novel workplace problems large and small throughout the past year of the COVID pandemic.

And—though it’s one of the smaller variety—for feds, just obtaining new or replacement ID cards has been a very real problem. A new article on Federal News Network explores the issue, and a promising solution.

Since the coronavirus hit, many federal employee and contractor credentialing offices have been shuttered—over 500, the piece reports.

It will be some time until many of these will come back online. However, a new pilot program—pioneered by the General Services Administration and the Postal Service—offers an alternative means of obtaining secure ID: Some feds can now get their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards with a quick visit to a designated USPS location (so far only in the D.C. area).

The program was first piloted toward the end of last year. For now, the program is scheduled to last only until May—but, If successful, it might be extended and expanded to other parts of the country.

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