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Biden signs CR to avoid government shutdown, extend federal funding through February

The latest continuing resolution will fund federal agencies through Feb. 18, and followed a debate among Republicans over whether to use a potential shutdown to challenge President Biden’s vaccine mandates.

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OPM bill advances after testy debate, perhaps a foreboding sign for future reform efforts

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paid family leave, talent pipeline

Under new House bill, interns would have additional options for pursuing permanent federal employment

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Last week to send us your Open Season questions!

We're answering your general questions about Open Season for the rest of this week. Use the form to submit your questions about the the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, TRICARE, Medicare, FEDVIP and other federal health insurance plans now through Friday. And listen to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to hear selected answers at 7 minutes past the hour, weekday mornings and afternoons.

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Cyber advisors start to see ‘momentum’ within military services

The advisor positions were created two years ago, but they’re just now starting to make their mark on the military services’ cyberspace budgets and force designs.

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GAO sustains first of 23 protests of CIO-SP4 solicitation

Computer World Services Corp. prevailed in its protest of NITAAC’s CIO-SP4 solicitation after arguing that certain past performance requirements were restrictive and unfair.

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navy, sailors, recruits, graduates

Navy has fewer vaccinated sailors than previously reported, but still over 97%

The Navy was successful in vaccinating a high number of its active duty sailors before the Nov. 28 deadline, with 97.2% of troops getting at least one dose.

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Unexpected benefits you get with UnitedHealthcare FEHB Medical Plan

Access to better health is just a click away with UnitedHealthcare. The nation’s largest health care company is connecting millions of federal employees with virtual care options and technology they can use, like Peloton and Apple Fitness+.

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Should the Office of Special Counsel have more Hatch Act enforcement power?

The law, enacted in 1939, prevents political activity by appointed and career federal employees while on the job.

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USAID makes big bets on research to help alleviate food insecurity

USAID awarded $36 million grant to the University of California, Davis, and a $25 million grant to Tufts University.

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G fund, TSP

Nearly all TSP funds take a dip in November after a promising October

After a promising October, Thrift Savings Plan funds saw nearly across-the-board drops in November.

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Federal contractor vaccine mandate continues to vex contractors

With weeks to go before an ostensible deadline, contractors are still vexed by the nuances of the White House mandate.

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Meet the new second in command of procurement at the IRS

New IRS Deputy Chief Procurement Officer Guy Torres has long federal and private sector experience.

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Defense News

Cyber advisors start to see ‘momentum’ within military services

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Pay & Benefits

G fund, TSP

Nearly all TSP funds take a dip in November after a promising October

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Technology

Zero trust, cloud security pushing CISA to rethink its approach to cyber services

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Meet the new second in command of procurement at the IRS

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Workforce

OPM bill advances after testy debate, perhaps a foreboding sign for future reform efforts

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