COVID-19 vaccine mandate

(Photo courtesy 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade)Ready at a moment's notice. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade conducted a rapid deployment drill at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 18. The drill is designed to ensure Alert Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force personnel are able to respond to a crisis swiftly, even in the midst of the COVID pandemic. 

Punishments, and first religious exemptions, for military vaccine refusers

The Marine Corps granted its first two religious exemptions to the military’s vaccine mandate last week. But punitive actions have moved ahead for thousands…

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Nurse Ray Akindele processes COVID-19 rapid antigen tests at a testing site in Long Beach , Calif., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Agencies must set up new COVID testing programs for unvaccinated, on-site employees

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(Energy Department)Energy Department Building, Washington, D.C.

Sloppy expense-accounts leave former government scientist owing thousands of dollars

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FILE - DeMarcus Hicks, a recent graduate of nursing school who is working as a contractor with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, gives a person a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, Dec. 20, 2021, on the first day of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Federal Way, Wash.  The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 7, 2022, on challenges to whether the Biden administration can order millions of workers at private companies and health care employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. Until the court rules, millions of workers face a patchwork of requirements depending on where they live. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Federal judge rejects Oklahoma lawsuit over National Guard vaccine mandate

A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled against the state in its lawsuit challenging the vaccine mandates for members of the Oklahoma National Guard.

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Contractors conclude a difficult year of funding uncertainty and a slew of executive orders

For federal contractors, 2021 comes to an end with no appropriations for 2022 until halfway through the fiscal year.

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49th Public Affairs Detachment/Spc. Vincent LevelevParatroopers participate in a division run along Long Street during the All American Run on Fort Bragg, N.C. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Vincent Levelev)

Next year’s $770B defense authorization act includes a raise

In today’s Federal Newscast: The Defense Authorization Bill has been signed; We’ll tell you about a few changes. Still on the Pentagon’s Circumspect List: China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. And in COVID news, more sailors test positive, while 66 more marines are fired.

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