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Agency safety and reentry plans varied considerably during initial days of the pandemic, GAO finds

Agencies initially moved through reentry phases at different rates, and the phases themselves had different characteristics and criteria, the Government Accountability Office said. Those plans improved and grew more comprehensive and consistent with more guidance from the new Safer Federal Workforce Task Force.

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DoD leaders say automation isn't taking over any civilian jobs yet

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Federal employees used 58% of special emergency paid leave fund for COVID-19

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FDA takes hands-on approach to upskill workforce under data modernization action plan

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Federal News Network at the Association of the U.S. Army's 2021 Conference

Get all the defense, tech, contracting and personnel coverage from this year's Association of the U.S. Army Conference held in Washington, D.C., this month.

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DoD's new R&D chief prioritizes moving prototypes to real-world applications

Heidi Shyu, the new undersecretary of Defense for research and engineering, says one of her first tasks is to develop a clear picture of what DoD’s innovation offices are working on, and share those technologies throughout the department.

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2 border agents - of 60 - are fired for offensive Facebook posts

Congressional investigators say two Border Patrol agents were fired from among 60 found to have committed misconduct for participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers

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With hundreds of pending unfair labor practice complaints, FLRA nominees pledge action

The Federal Labor Relations Authority faces a backlog of unfair labor practice complaints, which have built over the last four years without a Senate-confirmed general counsel to enforce them. The Biden administration’s nominees for the FLRA say resolving the backlog will be their top priority.

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This open season, don’t overlook your dental and vision care

Open season gives federal employees and retirees an annual opportunity to make changes to their health, dental and vision insurance plans for the upcoming year. But relatively few federal employees make many changes to their coverage during a given year. The Office of Personnel Management and other experts often say those participants are missing out on better deals – and the chance to review whether their current plans are truly meeting their health needs.

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Moving more TRICARE patients to civilian care would cause 'significant harm,' study finds

New study, published this month in the journal Health Sciences Research, projected worse health outcomes for DoD beneficiaries even if as few as 10% of them were shifted to private-sector care.

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DoD civilians will be suspended without pay and then fired if they do not get vaccinated

DoD wants all of its civilians to get the shot and go through the required waiting period for antibodies to flourish by Nov. 22.

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From recruitment to retention, Army puts more management focus on civilian workforce

In the last year, the Army said its “People Strategy” led to major gains in recognizing the value of its civilian workforce, spurring recruitment and career development.

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Federal Data Strategy 2021 action plan sets cross-agency goals on AI, upskilling workforce

The Federal Data Strategy development team, led by the Office of Management and Budget, released the strategy’s 2021 action plan Friday, setting new interagency goals for the year, while also assessing the progress agencies made under the last year’s action plan.

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DoD leaders say automation isn’t taking over any civilian jobs yet

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DoD’s new R&D chief prioritizes moving prototypes to real-world applications

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From recruitment to retention, Army puts more management focus on civilian workforce

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Federal employees used 58% of special emergency paid leave fund for COVID-19

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DoD leaders say automation isn’t taking over any civilian jobs yet

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DoD leaders say automation isn’t taking over any civilian jobs yet

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Agency safety and reentry plans varied considerably during initial days of the pandemic, GAO finds

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