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NSF, AFGE expand telework, other flexibilities in new collective bargaining agreement

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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EEOC adds safety inspections, flexible work hours in FLRA complaint settlement

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NASA

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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A new rule for those involved in federal acquisition

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has been banging this particular drum for years now. Not only are agencies allowed to engage in discussions with industry before they craft procurements, doing so is usually a good thing. Now that principle is enshrined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation via a new rule issued just last week.

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What's the economic benefit of NASA programs?

NASA has released it’s second ever Economic Impact Report. To learn more about what it contained this time around I spoke with Margaret Vo Schaus, NASA’s chief financial officer.

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SpaceX footprint getting larger in aerospace contracting world

I spoke to Caleb Harshberger who has been covering SpaceX’s footprint on the space industry for Bloomberg Government.

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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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Canadian Space Agency joining in partnership to observe effects of climate change

One of the participants in the Atmosphere Observing System mission is the Canadian Space Agency. To discuss the role it will be playing in this project, I got a chance to talk to Thomas Piekutowski, who is head of the AOS mission delivery office at CSA.

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federal hiring

Several Trump administration workforce policies will be officially rescinded

New regulations from the Office of Personnel Management will officially repeal several workforce policies that the Trump administration finalized in 2020.

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Railroad Contract Talks

Why railroads avoid a federal safety incident reporting system

A lot more accidents and near misses occur on the nation’s railroads than you might realize. The Federal Railroad Administration tracks incidents using what’s known as the Confidential Close Call Reporting System or C3RS. But the Government Accountability Office found that only a handful of railroads participate, so there’s a big gap in safety data.

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How agencies can stop the ‘pay and chase’ model for recouping improper payments

The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) released a new payment integrity report and simulation tool to help agencies think differently about how to combat improper payments.

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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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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

Workforce

EEOC adds safety inspections, flexible work hours in FLRA complaint settlement

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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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union

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

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