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Natalie Alms

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Natalie Alms is a staff writer at FCW covering the federal workforce. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has written for the Salisbury (N.C.) Post. Connect with Natalie on Twitter at @AlmsNatalie.

Ferriero to retire from National Archives

After 12 years on the job, Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero will retire from his post this spring.

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Biden's CX order puts new momentum behind longtime efforts, leaders

Officials at a recent American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) event outlined how a White House EO on customer experience for those using government services is helping to unify many disparate and related efforts across government.

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DHS launches new program to recruit, train climate professionals

The program—aimed at recruiting recent graduates as well as current federal employees—is one of the department's efforts meant to focus DHS on adapting to climate change.

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MSPB passes five-year mark without a quorum

Without a quorum on the Merit Systems Protection Board, the panel is unable to issue decisions for appeals—leaving thousands in limbo and a critical part of the civil service system non-functional.

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OPM prods agencies to name chief diversity officers

OPM followed up on an executive order on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in a letter released Monday regarding chief diversity officers. OPM is establishing a forum for these officials, it says.

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OPM disputes 2021 court ruling on firing feds for poor performance

Comments from the Office of Personnel Management in a recent rulemaking could change how agencies approach performance improvement plans and termination for cause.

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OPM faces uncertain funding prospects

The federal government’s human resources agency is still dealing with budget shortfalls arising from moving background checks to the Department of Defense, and the prospect of a full-year continuing resolution could exacerbate existing pressures.

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NDAA requires DOD to report on prospects for a ‘cyber academy’

The annual defense bill included a provision to report on the potential efficacy of a National Cyber Academy modeled after existing military service academies.

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WH elevates federal customer experience

A Biden administration executive order aims to use tech to simplify and reduce friction in citizen interactions with government programs and services.

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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.

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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 traditional federal workplaces—as well as recent complaints of deteriorating service to constituents.

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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.

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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.

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NDAA requires new job data

The House-passed compromise NDAA also has other workforce provisions, including a change to the probationary period for civilian feds at DOD and paid parental bereavement leave for federal employees.

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Federal court blocks contractor vax mandate

A nationwide injunction from a federal court blocks the Biden administration from enforcing its vaccination mandate for the federal contract workforce.

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Ahuja tees up 2022 plans for OPM

The Office of Personnel Management has a long list of priorities as it rebuilds itself and rolls out policies to implement the Biden-Harris agenda.

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USDA finalizes more expansive telework

The new policy reverses telework restrictions put in place during the Trump administration before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Connolly presses for legislation on telework, internships and OPM

A new bill on federal internships would require interns be paid and create a central online source of information on federal internships, among other measures.

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OPM playbook supports hiring surge

Agencies need to staff up to implement the bipartisan infrastructure law, OPM says.

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Connolly introduces bill to "rebuild" OPM

A key goal of the bill is to ensure that future OPM directors are nonpartisan.