Though the Department of Veterans Affairs over-projected the impact the coronavirus pandemic would have on the veterans population, the agency said it’s preparing for potential “rebound” in the fall.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general says the agency was generally well prepared for the change to mandatory telework.
One state’s unemployment insurance modernization effort a few years ago spared it from much of the COVID-19-related turmoil affecting many others.
If the government starts pushing employees to show up in offices without mandating masks and social distancing, we could see an uptick in retirement rates.
A little more than 12% of the workforce at the Veterans Health Administration has been tested for coronavirus to date, the department said Wednesday. On-demand testing for VA employees isn’t available just yet, despite past statements.
The Agriculture Department is opening up parking options for employees who don’t want to take public transportation but have been asked to return to USDA facilities in the national capital region. USDA began “phase one” of its reopening plan Monday.
“Operation Warp Speed” has the ambitious goal of developing a coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. The Army thinks that’s doable. It might even be possible to make vaccines against viruses that haven’t emerged yet.
Most federal civil servants are either working from home or in a furloughed status, but all are getting paid. By contrast at least 40 million American workers have been fired or furloughed and are seeking unemployment benefits.
Phase one of the Energy Department’s reopening plan for headquarters facilities in the national capital region will involves 3.7% of its 7,000-person workforce. Those employees will return June 8, while the rest will continue to telework.
A coalition of companies and universities are taking a big data approach understanding and coming up with solutions to coronavirus.