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OPM has a new tiger team to help agencies wade through federal hiring demands

The agency is also building a new spot on USAJobs.gov for positions related to implementation of the new infrastructure law, and it’s pursuing changes to the Pathways Program and a centralized hub for federal internship opportunities.

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OPM bill advances after testy debate, perhaps a foreboding sign for future reform efforts

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Last week to send us your Open Season questions!

We're answering your general questions about Open Season for the rest of this week. Use the form to submit your questions about the the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, TRICARE, Medicare, FEDVIP and other federal health insurance plans now through Friday. And listen to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to hear selected answers at 7 minutes past the hour, weekday mornings and afternoons.

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Redirecting an asteroid as practice ... just in case

To learn more about the Double Asteroid Redirection Test or DART, I spoke with Harrison Agrusa, who is a member of the DART Investigation Team and Dynamics Working Group.

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How have NASA administrators left things for their replacements?

Syracuse University Professor Henry Lambright recently penned a report, which draws on insights from recent and past NASA Administrators to chart how leaders have passed the torch toward enabling machine and human space exploration of Mars, and its long term impact on strategic priorities for the space program. I recently had the chance to speak with him about what he found.

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A clearer satellite image could mean better products and tighter security

HySpecIQ claims it is now positioned to become the world’s leading provider of space-based hyperspectral imagery. To find out more, I spoke with the company’s senior vice president of product and sales Tim Abbott.

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Taking a risk-based approach can help agencies, industry respond to rise in cybercrime

Industry is exploring ways to improve both its own cyber posture, and that of federal agencies. That’s one of the reasons Microsoft published its 2021 Digital Defense Report, detailing the trends it’s seen in the cyber domain over the past year, and some actionable insights to help agencies and partners improve their defense postures.

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NASA looking to use lasers in space, but just for communicating

I talked with Miriam Wennersten, NASA LCRD Ground Segment Manager.

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paid family leave, talent pipeline

Under new House bill, interns would have additional options for pursuing permanent federal employment

The bill, known as the Building the Next Generation of Federal Employees Act, attempts to improve the federal internship experience, ensure students get paid for their work and provide credit for successful interns to apply for permanent positions in the competitive service.

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Defense agencies let experience inform planning and programming

DISA staff are using program management tools and principles to monitor and track plans internally, while the Air Force is conducting weekly IT pulse surveys.

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Cyber advisors start to see ‘momentum’ within military services

The advisor positions were created two years ago, but they’re just now starting to make their mark on the military services’ cyberspace budgets and force designs.

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Cyber advisors start to see ‘momentum’ within military services

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Pay & Benefits

G fund, TSP

Nearly all TSP funds take a dip in November after a promising October

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Technology

Workforce

Hybrid workforce presents an infrastructure opportunity for agencies. Here’s how they can seize it.

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What’s next for Congress now that they’ve kicked the budget stone down the road again

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