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Expanded telework just one of many changes in NSF’s new union contract

The National Science Foundation and the American Federation of Government Employees signed a four-year collective bargaining agreement that will add more telework, create a student loan repayment program, expand the “after hours” program and more.

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New episodes added of The Space Hour

The Space Hour is back with four new episodes. Host Eric White speaks to the co-leader of the University of Arizona's Space Domain Awareness Lab, a NASA flight director and a scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center studying fruit flies, of all things.

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Education stays in-house for its new CIO

Luis Lopez, who has been with the department since 2017, will replace Jason Gray as CIO.

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Cyber leaders consider what's beyond the PIV card

Multifactor authentication and identity are a major issues in front of the federal chief information security officer council.

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New leadership at the Senior Executives Association

In a workforce of about two million, the federal government has only about 8,000 members in the senior executive service. A small number, but crucial, they are the main buffers and translators between the political appointees and the rank-and-file who actually do the work of government. Now the Senior Executives Association has a new board chairman.

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The Right Approach to Zero Trust for IoT Devices

Recent and developing shifts in enterprise working models are having a far-reaching effect on the traditionally managed network perimeter for security. Find out more in this ebook

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DHS looking at ‘black belt’ program to create AI champions across components

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to create a “black belt” program to identify data and AI champions across several areas of expertise.

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TSP's I Fund gained over 13% in November

Across the board, Thrift Savings Plan funds made gains in November. These come after a month where they almost all saw positive movement, as well.

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Court rules against feds getting monetary damages when they go unpaid in government shutdown

A federal appeals court ruled last week that feds who work without pay during government shutdowns are not entitled to monetary damages. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found the government is not actually in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act in government shutdown situations. That’s because another law, the Antideficiency Act, effectively makes it illegal to pay employees when their agencies don’t have appropriations.

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VA reviewing ‘unacceptable’ racial disparity in veterans receiving benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a study focused on racial disparities in its benefits claims decisions — an issue that spans decades, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

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Defense News

The Navy wants to teach robots to teach themselves in a learning-by-doing experiment

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DoD plans to hire 2,000 personnel for ‘first of its kind’ workforce tackling wellness issues

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Pay & Benefits

Social Security’s ‘Evil Twins’ are on House calendar for first time, for a possible first-ever vote

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Thrift Savings Plan funds all make gains in November

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Technology

As data proliferates, data centers are a prime target for sustainability efforts

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Workforce

Expanded telework just one of many changes in NSF’s new union contract

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New leadership at the Senior Executives Association

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Court rules against feds getting monetary damages when they go unpaid in government shutdown

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