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The workforce challenge facing the IRS

Can the tax agency solve the problem of a shrinking workforce and an increasing workload?

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The CISO reporting structure is broken

The commitment to managing cyber risk is a primary concern, but is often consolidated with IT priorities. This creates a conflict ... does IT or security come out on top?

Report slams DeJoy's conflicts of interest

A recent report from government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) finds former private-sector shipping maven and current Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was subject to extremely inadequate conflict-of-interest safeguards.

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Unions praise WH move to support labor

Major federal employee unions are joining in, applauding the Biden administration's move to help organized labor across agencies.

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How GSA is implementing the contractor vaccination mandate

The agency's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and Public Building Service are using automated tools to send out contract modifications "by the thousands," to add the vaccination mandate said one agency official. FAS started issuing mass modifications on Oct. 8. They're issuing about 3,000 modifications per day.

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MSPB's online appeals system is getting a revamp

The agency is modernizing its online appeals system used by feds. Accessibility needs to be a central part of that entire process, said agency officials.

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WH moves to protect workers from heat

With severe weather events increasing, particularly heat events, the White House and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have announced a new program to reduce the toll from on-the-job heat injuries and deaths.

Domestic violence: Feds speak out

A federal union is speaking out this month, raising awareness with facts on domestic violence—and directing feds on how to use the organization's in-house and other resources to fight this scourge. Domestic violence damages not just America's family life, but workers and their workplaces too.

FEHBP: Fed cost to rise 3.8%

OPM recently announced that employee premiums will a go up next year, with the federal employee portion rising 3.8%. Advocates urge employees to do some homework, in order to pick the plan best suited for your needs.

Retiring? That often means part-time work ...

Millions of retirees continue to work part-time, or go back to working after a break. A recent report offers a range of popular gigs for folks looking for some income, and even fun, after they leave the career track.

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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.

Study: Federal agencies resilient, doing "fine"

Much has been studied and written about the damage done in recent years to the federal civil service, its morale and attractiveness to new recruits. And there is very real evidence of trouble, especially at certain agencies. But a new study finds, for the most part, the opposite is true: Federal agencies and the workforce are remarkably resilient.

Congress: Temp debt limit deal

Congressional leaders reached a short-term deal in mid-October for raising the federal debt limit, heading off a potential economic catastrophe—and keeping federal employee and contractor paychecks flowing.

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Let's cut vet suicides

The RAND Corporation recently presented testimony indicating that faster collection and publication of data, and associated research, could reduce a horrendous toll of suicide among veterans. Currently, an average of 17 vets take their own lives each day.

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Thrift Savings Share Prices as of October 18, 2021.

Shopping for the perfect career ...

Government reporter and columnist Mike Causey asks: What is the "perfect career," anyway? And what would the Board of Directors at the ideal employer be like, and how long might each member serve?

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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.

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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.

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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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