Employee Policy

WH: 'Unprecedented' federal deployments announced, to stem human smuggling

The Biden administration is assigning hundreds of ICE personnel and others to the task, and also vows to dramatically increase refugee resettlements from the Americas despite his administration's failures to date.

House approves $31 Billion 'Ike Dike' project to protect Texas coast

The House voted to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning for a massive coastal barrier project in Galveston Bay, to protect against hurricane damage—but funding is not yet secured. If funded, it will be the largest civil engineering project in U.S. history and would permanently alter the Texas coast.

Coronavirus roundup: The federal government's next steps on vaccines, and more ...

There’s a lot to keep track of. Here’s a list of this week’s news updates and stories you may have missed.

GAO tags unemployment insurance as 'high risk'

The government watchdog says more than $78 billion in improper unemployment insurance payments were made in fiscal year 2021. The report cites fraud, poor customer service, inequitable access, legacy tech and staffing shortages as key drivers of failure.

Successor to congressional cyber commission wants WH to lead on related workforce strategy

One recommendation: establish cyber excepted service authorities, like the DHS's newly launched cyber hiring initiative, government-wide.

Most of Biden's TSP nominees are free to be confirmed

GOP lawmakers who had placed a hold on confirmation changed course after the nominees committed to being “highly skeptical” of proposals to include Chinese investments in the Thrift Savings Plan’s offerings.

Most of the COVID-19 workforce were women of color. What Happens now as those jobs end?

Women of color took on the majority of new jobs created during the pandemic to do contact tracing, and to test and vaccinate Americans, experts said. But as sites ramp down, the future of that workforce is now uncertain.

Future COVID-19 booster shots will likely need fresh formulations as new coronavirus variants of concern continue to emerge

A new generation of vaccines and boosters against SARS-CoV-2 may take a page from the anti-influenza playbook, with shots periodically tailored to target the most commonly circulating virus strains.

The security clearance process and diversity

On our partner GovExec's podcast, Lindy Kyzer joins in to discuss how to get the best and most diverse talent into the intelligence community.

Feds' vaccine mandate enforcement looms, but agencies are not yet prepping

The clock is ticking on a federal court to either hear another appeal on Biden's mandate—or allow the administration to resume suspensions and firings.

Coronavirus roundup: SG warns of health workforce burnout—and other COVID news

There’s a lot to keep track of: The Surgeon General is concerned about increased resignations and burnout among health workers, as well as other recent news updates and stories you may have missed.

Senate bill to train acquisition workforce on AI gets House counterpart

The AI Training Act, which passed the Senate last December now has a House companion bill from Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and James Comer (R-Ky.).

Agencies won't need COVID-related size approvals any longer, for in-person events

The new and updated guidance also covers entry provisions for onsite contractors, as well as visitors to federal facilities.There will be some exceptions in which pre-approval is needed.

Renewed push by some to cut telework

A group of GOP lawmakers is angling to reduce the number of feds engaged in telework, citing high vaccination rates and other reductions in COVID risks in tradtional federal workplaces.

What's next for security clearance reform?

Expect new milestones from the DOD’s governmentwide vetting IT and new policies on vetting criteria in 2022.

Vaccination rates tick up slightly among feds

The number of vaccinated feds has increased, although there are still thousands of pending exception and extension requests to the mandate.