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Georgia court issues nationwide injunction to block vaccine mandate for federal contractors

The legal reasoning behind the latest preliminary injunction largely mirrors that of a similar injunction a Kentucky judge issued a week earlier. But it is far broader in its scope.

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More time off at the end of 2021, but not necessarily leaving it on the table

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After year-long hiatus, Biden names 230 winners for Presidential Rank Awards

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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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GSA puts extra technology funding from pandemic recovery package into 14 IT projects

The General Services Administration recently selected 14 information technology projects in which it will invest a windfall. The GSA’s technology transformation service received $150 million in extra funding in fiscal 2021 from the American Rescue Plan.

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Ideas for how the government can work with industry to revive U.S. manufacturing

The task force looked at how American manufacturing can improve its workforce and semiconductor development

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Air Force communication squadron redesignated for cyber defense mission

Recently, the Air Force’s 55th communication squadron was redesignated as the 55th Cyber squadron. What does that mean? Well, for one thing, it means the squadron now has responsibility for cyber defense operators on the Air Force’s tactical edge.

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AI success requires a ‘new way’ for agencies to think about data

From predictive maintenance, to faster satellite intelligence and an optimized federal response to wildfires, agencies see artificial intelligence as an essential tool to meet their data-driven missions.

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CR signed but new contracting initiatives still won't start until spring

The latest continuing resolution will keep the government funded somehow until Feb. 18. But it means any fresh initiatives won’t have a chance to get underway until March at the earliest.

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DHS continues rolling out new cyber requirements to transportation sector

DHS is setting minimum cybersecurity standards for critical companies in the transportation sector, with potentially more requirements on the way.

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Despite long struggle over intellectual property, DoD still lacks bench of IP experts

DoD has funding for only five positions through 2023 for its new IP cadre. And the temporality of the jobs is an impediment to hiring the long-term experts DoD needs, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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Agencies to receive final cyber guidance from CISA in the coming months

John Simms, the deputy branch chief of the Cybersecurity Assurance Branch in CISA, said all the guidance is helping agencies shift their cyber thinking away from the network and closer to the data.

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Air Force communication squadron redesignated for cyber defense mission

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Pay & Benefits

More time off at the end of 2021, but not necessarily leaving it on the table

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Technology

GSA puts extra technology funding from pandemic recovery package into 14 IT projects

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Workforce

More time off at the end of 2021, but not necessarily leaving it on the table

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Georgia court issues nationwide injunction to block vaccine mandate for federal contractors

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After year-long hiatus, Biden names 230 winners for Presidential Rank Awards

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