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Fearing a post-pandemic talent exodus, agencies view telework as key retention tool

Some agencies fear top talent will leave for the private sector or other places in the federal government with more generous telework policies if they don’t change and offer their own workforce flexibilities.

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‘What caused this?’ State Department reinvigorates task force on mystery illness

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SBA executives ‘beyond doubt’ that teleworking employees are more productive

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From 'cloud-intolerant' to cloud native, Navy networks are undergoing a transformation

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Watch DoD Cloud Exchange - on demand!

If you missed any of our exclusive, three-day special event with Defense Department industry experts, have no fear. You can catch up on all the insights with feds and vendors in the DoD Cloud Exchange Archive, like this conversation between Rob Carey, the president of Cloudera Government Solutions, and Federal Drive anchor Tom Temin about developing a good cloud strategy.

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State Department cyber diplomacy bill seeks to fill ‘missing piece’ in interagency defense

The Cyber Diplomacy Act would create a Bureau of International Cyberspace Policy at the State Department, led by an ambassador with the same rank and status as an assistant secretary of state.

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Pentagon believes it escaped unscathed from SolarWinds, Microsoft hacks

Although vulnerabilities stemming from both companies software were present on hundreds of DoD systems, officials say there’s no evidence that cyber adversaries actually exploited them.

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When it comes to open source, culture continues to eat strategy, policy for lunch

Joe Castle, a recent PhD graduate from Virginia Tech, who studied federal technology policy and open source software, and is a federal employee, said culture, public engagement, structural factors and organizational location are all drivers for why an agency would share open source code.

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Knowing when to dig, when to draw the line in federal data investigations

Data is a blessing and a curse, but some entities are using it successfully, and changing their approach.

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Agency watchdogs get together on the issue that affects everyone, diversity and inclusion

A new working group has arisen at the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, the collective of all the federal IGs.

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VA vows to pause EHR rollout at future sites until strategic review is complete

VA on Wednesday acknowledged a variety of challenges with the new electronic health record, but it said the Cerner Millennium solution will ultimately be an improvement once employee and congressional concerns are resolved.

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Why agencies rarely deny step increases to federal employees

According to an analysis from the Merit Systems Protection Board, agencies deny performance-based step increases and salary bumps to one in every 1,000 employees.

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Maryland IT secretary: ‘Cloud strategy is going to center initially on security’

When it comes to the cloud, state governments, like the one in Maryland, are combining commercial-cloud providers with their own data centers for mission delivery, backup and recovery.

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Pay & Benefits

Some lawmakers want to rethink military benefits as service member families go hungry

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Technology

State Department cyber diplomacy bill seeks to fill ‘missing piece’ in interagency defense

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Workforce

Fearing a post-pandemic talent exodus, agencies view telework as key retention tool

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‘What caused this?’ State Department reinvigorates task force on mystery illness

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