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OPM gives agencies green light to recreate labor-management forums, but they're not required

The Office of Personnel Management is reviewing a 2017 executive order from the Trump administration, which disbanded formal labor-management relations forums.

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Time for federal employees to return to the office, congressman says

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Army and minorities less likely to get vaccinated, new military study says

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OMB: Masks are optional for fully-vaccinated employees, maximum telework still effect

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Bill roundup: Agency reopening oversight, another attempt at pay parity for hourly federal workers

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Tell the hard-working feds in your life 'thank you'

Throughout the month of May, Federal News Network wants to show federal employees and contractors how much we appreciate their dedication to us all. You can, too! Send a personalized e-card to the folks who have exemplified public service during this unprecedented and trying time.

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Michael McCord, comptroller, DoD

Biden's DoD will huddle about how to replace CMO position

Moving quickly on directions from Congress, the Trump Administration dissolved what had been DoD’s third highest-ranking position during its last week in office. The Biden Administration hasn’t yet decided if it wants to alter those plans.

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FAA, NASA collaborating to regulate suborbital space

The Space Hour spoke to Wayne Monteith, the FAA’s Associate Administrator for commercial space transportation, and Mike Gold, who at the time was NASA’s Associate Administrator for space policy and partnerships.

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NOAA uses AI for more accurate weather forecasts, prompting data storage challenges

NOAA needs to efficiently manage all of the observational data it receives from satellites both geostationary and polar, autonomous systems, buoys or aircraft.

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Unlocking the potential of 5G for Federal government

5G is expected to eventually revolutionize the ways in which we live and work. For federal agencies whose modernization efforts have been spurred by the pandemic, 5G can also help them reimagine how they carry out their mission. 

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Pentagon has huge blind spots in its spending on OTAs

A careful examination of DoD’s use of consortiums for other transaction agreements found the Pentagon doesn’t have a clear picture of its billions in OTA spending, who the recipients are, and what it’s getting for those investments.

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This Homeland Security program helps agencies deal with ongoing cyber threats

Lots of agencies are hearing alerts from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Hunt and Incident Response Program to help network defenders find indicators of compromise.

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Bipartisan USPS reform bill with a 'good chance' of becoming law passes House committee

The 2021 Postal Service Reform Act has support from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Republicans on the committee. Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) are cosponsors of the bill.

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First cohort of federal employees graduate from OMB's data science upskilling program

The upskilling program gives agencies a chance to fill critical skill gaps faster than what they could accomplish by onboarding new talent through the competitive hiring process.

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Defense News

First scientific study of troops and vaccine take-rate finds wide disparities

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Federal agencies begin to lift mask requirements for fully-vaccinated employees

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Pay & Benefits

Payroll tax deferral still causing headaches for some federal retirees and seasonal workers

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Congress calls for workforce safety plans for agencies, reskilling oversight and more

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USPS fills leadership ranks with new deputy postmaster general, 2 board members

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Technology

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

Contractors design strategies for dealing with the latest executive order on cybersecurity

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Workforce

Time for federal employees to return to the office, congressman says

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OPM gives agencies green light to recreate labor-management forums, but they’re not required

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Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

Contractors design strategies for dealing with the latest executive order on cybersecurity

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