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COVID-19: Feds must hold the frontlines—but should reject needless risks

Nathan Abse recently interviewed an attorney, whose firm specializes in the laws and practices governing federal employment, Greg T. Rinckey of Tully Rinckey Law, about the risks federal employees take working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fingerprinting, other background check requirements eased for new hires

As many companies providing fingerprint services across the country are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Personnel Management has loosened its background check rules in order to continue to hiring new employees.

Air Force Chief: Commanders could lose their jobs if they’re not in shape

The Air Force has the second-highest percentage of obese troops in the military, and the branch is aiming to rein in on the problem by requiring commanders to be in shape.

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Cabaniss confirmed to lead OPM

The former head of the Federal Labor Relations Authority was approved to take over the top human resources job in government, ending almost a year of acting leadership.

Former FEMA employees indicted for conspiracy to commit bribery, other charges

Two top FEMA officials and a contractor have been charged with using the 2017 hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico to enrich themselves through bribery, gifts and favors by steering work to the contractor on the island.

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Policy think tank: Security clearance process is dated, continuous evaluation needed

Vetting security clearance holders on an ongoing basis could save the federal government billions of dollars over the next two decades if they enrolled more security clearance holders into a continuous evaluation program, a new study finds.

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DOD looking to hire an AI ethicist

The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center chief is looking bring a new perspective to the military's embrace of advanced algorithms.

Census allowing online applications for the first time

The U.S. Census Bureau is aiming to become one of the largest part-time “gig” employers in 2020, competing with popular rideshare and e-commerce companies.

USDA cuts buyout amount for employees slated to be relocated

Those employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture who are scheduled to be reassigned outside of Washington, D.C., and were offered early buyouts, have been told to expect less than what they were originally offered.

Inspector General slams USDA's Kansas City plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Inspector General has issued a report finding possible legal violations in the agency’s plan to move key USDA research units to the Kansas City area.

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