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AFGE backs Harris for VP

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has a long record supporting federal union issues and looking to check the power of government and private sector tech surveillance.

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Connelly wants answers on FEVS delays

In a letter to the Office of Personnel Management’s acting director, Rep. Gerry Connelly (D-Va.) said that the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations is “concerned about the apparent mishandling” of the survey.

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Bipartisan Senate bill extends federal telework for duration of the pandemic

The Pandemic Federal Telework Act of 2020 is designed to support telework for any federal job that can be done remotely, while providing management and tech support for teleworking employees.

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For DOD, diversity begins with inclusion, culture change

Janice Glover-Jones, the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief diversity, equality and inclusion officer, said that diversity has to be more than compliance and "promote inclusive behaviors."

USDA IT shop freezes hiring, offers early retirement

In an effort to optimize the agency’s tech investments and update the skillset of its workforce, the Department of Agriculture’s CIO Office has instituted a hiring freeze and plans to offer early retirement options to IT workers.

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DOD watchdog pick gets grilled by Senate Dems

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said Jason Abend's nomination circumvented a vetting process set up by the 2008 Inspector General Reform Act.

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Lawmakers, unions join to oppose end to ‘official time’ for EEOC complaints

Federal employee unions -- joined by 185 lawmakers on Capitol Hill -- are clamoring to block the Trump administration from eliminating federal employees’ use of “official time” for managing workplace discrimination complaints.

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Union survey finds widespread racial bias at VA

Racism and incidents of racial bias are a big problem at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a survey released by the American Federation of Government Employees.

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TVA walks back plans to fire U.S. tech workers

The federally owned power company called the plan to fire workers and outsource IT operations as a "disappointing misstep" after the president blasted the move.

Union complaint of 'resistance' talk in the federal workplace dismissed

The American Federation of Government Employees had complained an Office of Special Counsel advisory was chilling federal employees' speech.

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Esper calls Floyd murder a 'wakeup call' to improve diversity, inclusion

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he's heard from service members across the branches, which spurred DOD to stand up three initiatives to fight discrimination.

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Trump pushes agencies to review, reduce foreign hires on federal contracts

The White House this week ordered all agencies to review their procedures to ensure that federal contractors employ U.S. nationals ahead of foreign workers.

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OPM reorganizes HR data management teams

The new Human Capital Data Management and Modernization Directorate aims to advance use of data to improve decision-making, but the union sees the change as another attempt to merge the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration.

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Trump fires TVA chairman over foreign contractors

The federally owned power company is rethinking plans to fire its internal IT staff and shift to managed services in light of Trump's intervention and a new executive order on federal contracting.

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Agencies need younger, more experienced hackers

Federal agencies could do much to improve their cybersecurity talent pool if they moved away from restrictive General Schedule hiring practices and were more open to bringing on younger candidates, according to Chris Krebs, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

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OPM’s draft hiring changes expected Aug. 21

The Office of Personnel Management plans to issue draft changes to General Schedule qualification policies by Aug. 21, to eliminate "unnecessary obstacles" to federal employment by focusing on skill assessments over credentials like college degrees.

Protecting feds’ health benefits during shutdowns

The Office of Personnel Management wants to be sure feds keep their health benefits in the event of another government shutdown and has proposed designating features of employee insurance programs as “emergency services.”

Union pleads for USCIS funding as furloughs loom

The union that represents many of the 13,000 immigration employees facing furloughs backed the agency's push for emergency supplemental funding.

In praise of anonymous sources

My own "Deep Throat" never betrayed his department, but he did point out where it and other agencies were having problems, making mistakes or just not doing what they were supposed to do for agency employees and the taxpayers.