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VA mandates COVID-19 vaccine for health care workers

Title 38 health care workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs will have eight weeks to get fully vaccinated, per a new mandate from the agency.

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Make telework decisions based on the job, not 'managerial preference,' OPM says

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USPS lifts mask mandate for fully vaccinated employees amid workforce changes

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Agencies begin setting tentative reentry dates for federal employees

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First look at Senate NDAA adds $35B to DoD, takes all nonmilitary crimes out of chain of command

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State Dept. staffing surge won’t address passport backlog ‘overnight,’ union warns

Due to a backlog of as many as 2 million pending applications, the State Department is taking up to 18 weeks to process routine passport needs, and up to 12 weeks to handle expedited applications. Lawmakers are pressing the department to move more aggressively to address the issue, while the union that represents passport services employees said they are struggling to dig out from the workload because of staffing shortages, combined with a renewed demand for international travel. The department is hiring more staff and expanding overtime as locations reopen.

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The story of how one small business is barely hanging on to its hopes of winning a spot on NITAAC’s CIO-SP4

A recent change to the CIO-SP4 solicitation is forcing many small firms to change their bidding strategy at the last minute, leading to calls for NITAAC to pause the entire effort.

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Pentagon faces political battle to retire old weapons systems — and some newer ones

The Navy and Air Force want to shed existing weapons systems to free up funds for great power competition. Many of those systems really are old, but not all.

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House task force pushes Pentagon to wean itself off Chinese sources

New proposals would require the Pentagon to treat supply chains as a “strategic priority” and identify a plan to get away from materials sourced from China.

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How cybersecurity is changing for organizations after the coronavirus pandemic

As employees were forced to work from home, companies and government agencies had to expand their IT infrastructure to accommodate an increased risk in networks, especially from insider threats, according to Tommy Todd, vice president of security at Code42.

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VA, AFGE settle longstanding official time, legal disputes

The Department of Veterans Affairs will reimburse American Federation of Government Employees representatives for any leave they took over the last three years to handle union duties in the absence of official time.

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How would a new $6.5B advanced research projects agency for NIH work?

The Biden administration has proposed a $6.5 billion advanced research projects agency as part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Hot housing market is forcing Army to change moving policies

With the housing market reaching explosive levels and soldiers moving to new orders now that COVID restrictions are lifted, some troops are having trouble finding adequate housing in their new locations.

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Warner says ‘time is now’ for cyber incident reporting legislation

A new bill in the Senate would require federal contractors, agencies and critical infrastructure operators to report cyber intrusions within 24 hours.

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Pentagon faces political battle to retire old weapons systems — and some newer ones

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First look at Senate NDAA adds $35B to DoD, takes all nonmilitary crimes out of chain of command

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Army adopting new policies to help soldiers move as housing market fires up

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First look at Senate NDAA adds $35B to DoD, takes all nonmilitary crimes out of chain of command

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How government organizations can meet and beat technology expectations to scale

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USPS lifts mask mandate for fully vaccinated employees amid workforce changes

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