Smithsonian and AFGE continue disagreement over COVID-19 safety protocols

In today’s Federal Newscast, the seeming disconnect between the Smithsonian and its largest employee union continued over the weekend.

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(Tom Williams/Pool via AP)Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, left, talks with Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., before a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)

New USPS board chairman supports DeJoy, ‘self-sustaining’ operating model

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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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FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo people visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Ave., in Washington. In response to rising COVID-19 infection numbers, the Smithsonian Institution is indefinitely shutting down operations at all its facilities, effective Monday and affecting seven museums, plus the National Zoo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The nation’s museums put the federal employee COVID dispute on display

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Pandemic boosted federal telework participation and overall eligibility

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FILE - Michael Carvajal, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing examining issues facing prisons and jails during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington, on June 2, 2020. Carvajal is resigning amid increasing scrutiny over his leadership in the wake of Associated Press reporting that uncovered widespread problems at the agency, including a recent story detailing serious misconduct involving correctional officers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool via AP, File)

US prisons director resigning after crises-filled tenure

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Number of feds who telework regularly went up in 2020 but not as much as expected

In today’s Federal Newscast, while COVID-19 drove a majority of federal workers out of the office in 2020, new data from the Office of Personnel Management…

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Does your program make people happy?

Evidence of how the government’s pandemic response produced more than checks and shots

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How OSHA has dealt with the workload it got handed by the pandemic

The pandemic has made things busy and a little difficult for OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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