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Federal groups, unions back paid leave for feds seeking abortion services

Current policy lets feds use sick leave to travel for medical care, but some employer groups want the White House to go further.

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Navy conducts first-ever exercise focused on climate change response

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To improve its customer experience, SSA found an unusual partner from the NFL

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Federal News Network's Zero Trust Exchange now available on demand

In a three-day event June 21-23, Federal News Network took a deep dive into what agencies are really trying to achieve in zero trust, and what they've accomplished thus far.

Catch up now on any sessions you might have missed!

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IRS backlog metrics 'don't translate' into workforce efforts, commissioner says

The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee, in its annual report to Congress, found the IRS experienced over 100 continuing resolutions since 2001, and that funding uncertainty forces the agency to opt for more expensive, less effective, short-term solutions.

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TSP board increases call center staff, but still ‘nowhere near where we need to be’

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has increased its customer service staff by 66%, but plans to add even more representatives this week.

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How to boost your chances of getting that crucial security clearance

Just because you apply doesn’t guarantee you’ll get federal security clearance. Attorney James Heelan offered some tried and true advice for those applying for clearance.

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Zero Trust Cyber Exchange: VMware’s Andrew Osborn suggests starting with a data inventory

Bad actors are after data, which is why it makes sense to focus on understanding where data resides and where is travels, explains VMware’s Andrew Osborn during the Zero Trust Cyber Exchange.

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Joshua Roberts

A guy deep in the Defense Department is actually doing something about Chinese theft of US intellectual property

It’s become an unfunny joke. No matter what crucial intellectual property gets developed in the United States, it gets stolen by China or maybe Russia. A special team deep in the Defense Department has been working on one strategy to counteract this. It looks for investments in U.S. companies by suspicious foreigners. For his work collaborating with many other agencies, the team leader is a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program.

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Agencies aren't always capable of investigating their own whistleblower complaints

Bob Tobias, a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, has looked into this question.

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USPTO putting foundational piece of zero trust architecture in place

Jamie Holcombe, the chief information officer for USPTO, said a new contract award will help the agency move toward a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture.

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to higher USPS rates, but regulator review ongoing

A challenge to the Postal Service’s authority to set market-dominant mail prices above the rate of inflation won’t get a hearing from the Supreme Court.

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Defense News

A guy deep in the Defense Department is actually doing something about Chinese theft of US intellectual property

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Navy conducts first-ever exercise focused on climate change response

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Pay & Benefits

Federal groups, unions back paid leave for feds seeking abortion services

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TSP board increases call center staff, but still ‘nowhere near where we need to be’

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Technology

Regulators enforcing sanctions against Russia face an uphill battle. AI is their ally

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A guy deep in the Defense Department is actually doing something about Chinese theft of US intellectual property

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Workforce

Federal groups, unions back paid leave for feds seeking abortion services

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Charles Rettig

IRS backlog metrics ‘don’t translate’ into workforce efforts, commissioner says

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