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With hundreds of pending unfair labor practice complaints, FLRA nominees pledge action

The Federal Labor Relations Authority faces a backlog of unfair labor practice complaints, which have built over the last four years without a Senate-confirmed general counsel to enforce them. The Biden administration’s nominees for the FLRA say resolving the backlog will be their top priority.

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DoD's new R&D chief prioritizes moving prototypes to real-world applications

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DoD civilians will be suspended without pay and then fired if they do not get vaccinated

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From recruitment to retention, Army puts more management focus on civilian workforce

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Federal Data Strategy 2021 action plan sets cross-agency goals on AI, upskilling workforce

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Outgoing NIH director reflects on genome discoveries, COVID and what's next

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Federal News Network at the Association of the U.S. Army's 2021 Conference

Get all the defense, tech, contracting and personnel coverage from this year's Association of the U.S. Army Conference held in Washington, D.C., this month.

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CFPB building a more risk aware culture from the top down, bottom up

Marianne Roth, the chief risk officer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said the bureau built its enterprise risk management program around mission risks and strategic risks.

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Congress continues the stalemate plays in the red zone

The more Congress debates spending, infrastructure and taxes, the more convoluted it gets. It’s starting to look like two football teams in the red zone in a game with infinite downs.

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Agencies get new guidance for securing mobile devices on international travel

Officials are confronting a growing list of mobile-specific cybersecurity challenges with travel opening up and many employees working remotely.

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This open season, don’t overlook your dental and vision care

Open season gives federal employees and retirees an annual opportunity to make changes to their health, dental and vision insurance plans for the upcoming year. But relatively few federal employees make many changes to their coverage during a given year. The Office of Personnel Management and other experts often say those participants are missing out on better deals – and the chance to review whether their current plans are truly meeting their health needs.

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VHA begins disciplinary process for employees who haven't responded to vaccine mandate

The department is still digging through the data, but Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said he’s seeing a “bigger number” of employee accommodation requests for the COVID-19 vaccine mandate than they received for last year’s annual flu shot policy.

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GSA’s 10x program crowdsourcing new customer experience ideas

Nico Papafil, director of the General Services Administration’s 10x program, said the program will fund more such ideas than ever before in fiscal 2022.

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VHA begins disciplinary process for employees who haven't responded to vaccine mandate

The department is still digging through the data, but Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said he’s seeing a “bigger number” of employee accommodation requests for the COVID-19 vaccine mandate than they received for last year’s annual flu shot policy.

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Senate Democrats push for more racial and gender diversity in TSP investment options

A group of Senate Democrats says the Thrift Savings Plan should do more to give participants an opportunity to invest in funds by racially, ethnically and gender diverse asset managers. They’re also seeking more information about the TSP’s upcoming mutual fund window planned for next year.

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Defense News

DoD’s new R&D chief prioritizes moving prototypes to real-world applications

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From recruitment to retention, Army puts more management focus on civilian workforce

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The Army’s Enterprise Cloud Management Office looks to deliver computing resources around the world

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Pay & Benefits

DoD civilians will be suspended without pay and then fired if they do not get vaccinated

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Senate Democrats push for more racial and gender diversity in TSP investment options

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Technology

DoD’s new R&D chief prioritizes moving prototypes to real-world applications

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Federal Data Strategy 2021 action plan sets cross-agency goals on AI, upskilling workforce

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Workforce

Federal contractors will need to decide which of their employees are exempt from vaccine mandate

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Outgoing NIH director reflects on genome discoveries, COVID and what’s next

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Federal Data Strategy 2021 action plan sets cross-agency goals on AI, upskilling workforce

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