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New House bill would block Schedule F, and anything else like it

Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) introduced new legislation that would prohibit future administrations from moving career positions out of the civil service and into a new excepted service schedule. It also allows agency heads to hire or fire employees to these appointments at will.

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OPM urges DC-area feds to reconsider commute plans with heightened security next week

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Biden proposal calls investments in federal IT ‘an urgent national security issue’

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DISA starts rolling out DEOS, starting with its own employees

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Deputy defense chief to be temporary acting DoD secretary

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Coast Guard struggling with recruitment, sets up officer corps to increase numbers

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Agency RPA use more than doubled in 2020, but where do bots go from here?

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New personnel vetting doctrine details core values behind coming security clearance reforms

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After years of fits and starts, DISA deploys new cloud-based office tools

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Coast Guard sets up recruiting corps to deal with struggling numbers

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Biden proposal calls investments in federal IT ‘an urgent national security issue’

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After years of fits and starts, DISA deploys new cloud-based office tools

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New House bill would block future administrations from using Schedule F, or anything else like it

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