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VA embarks on year-end push to implement workforce elements of PACT Act

The Department of Veterans Affairs is embarking on a year-end push to implement all the workforce provisions of the recently passed PACT Act as the agency prepares for a historic expansion of VA benefits and care.

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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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AFGE files grievance over VA facilities limiting time off for employees to vote

The largest federal employee union is claiming several Veterans Affairs Department facilities unfairly limited or denied administrative leave to employees looking to vote, as mandated by the Biden administration.

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AFGE, Education resolve years of negotiations in settlement of over 20 disputes

The Education Department and the American Federation of Government Employees moved forward with a new collective bargaining agreement, restoring many union-related policies that were limited during the Trump administration.

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Air Force Research Laboratory improves networks

James Sumpter from the Air Force Research Laboratory said that AFRL is focusing on supporting current networks, including legacy and isolated enclave ones.

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Labor Department enterprise data strategy unlocks data as its ‘superpower’

Through more intensely looking at data, Labor finds its can “identify things you might not have caught previously,” which can help drive changes in services and programs, CDO Scott Gibbons says.

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It's not just low pay causing retention issues for federal firefighters

Although low pay is the most common barrier to retaining federal wildland firefighters, the Government Accountability Office said other factors like poor-work life balance and career advancement challenges also impact the workforce.

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Federal appeals court latest stop for immigration judges union to get recertified

An immigration judges union made its case before a federal appeals court last week to regain full recognition by the federal government, after losing its collective bargaining status under the Trump administration.

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‘Timely versus accurate’ DoD struggles shed light on cyber incident reporting challenges

DoD and its contractors are still struggling to share timely, accurate information about cyber incidents peppering their networks.

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Bill requiring barcodes on ballots sent via USPS gets bipartisan support

The Postal Service, a longtime supporting player in voting thrust into the spotlight since its major role in the 2020 election, may get some additional support from a bill that’s headed for a House floor vote.

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‘Timely versus accurate’ DoD struggles shed light on cyber incident reporting challenges

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Bills, amendments linger in Congress with lasting implications for feds

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Open Season Exchange 2022: OPM’s Edward DeHarde on why comparing FEHB plans is critical this year

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Bills, amendments linger in Congress with lasting implications for feds

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AFGE, Education resolve years of negotiations in settlement of over 20 disputes

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AFGE files grievance over VA facilities limiting time off for employees to vote

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