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Congress, employee groups ramp up pressure to block Schedule F executive order

House Democrats, good government groups and federal employee associations are urging congressional appropriators to include language blocking the president’s Schedule F executive order in the next spending bill.

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As coronavirus cases rise, DoD bases prepare to restrict travel again

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JAIC starts its new iteration, will create 'flyaway' teams to embed with DoD components

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Army allows some soldiers to promote while deferring education

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State Dept gives thanks to Foreign Service’s 'exceptional' volunteer workforce

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Open Season 2021 Hotline

The 2021 Open Season runs Nov. 9 to Dec. 14 and we're here to help feds understand their options under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. Use this form to send us your questions, and tune in to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin weekday mornings and afternoons (1500 AM). We'll read select answers at 5 minutes past the hour.

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Pentagon reports $5B in improper payments to civilian workforce

The newly-reported improper payments come a year after a similar testing overhaul flagged billions of dollars in potentially unsupportable payments in DoD’s military pay accounts.

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IRS enabled record 85% of its workforce to telework under COVD-19 pandemic

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said the agency should take a closer look at some of the lessons learned from this year and build those into the work that lays ahead in the next few years.

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VA employees owed reinstatement, back pay over accountability act implementation, FLRA agrees

The Federal Labor Relations Authority agreed with a 2018 decision from an arbitrator, who said the Department of Veterans Affairs violated the terms of its collective bargaining agreement when it implemented portions of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act.

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Feds under-evaluate healthcare options, leave up to $11k on table

The Office of Personnel Management consistently says 20-30% of feds can and should be changing their plans.

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Biden signals sharp shift from Trump with Cabinet picks

President-elect Joe Biden is tapping Obama-era officials for top national security positions

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Fully remote, secure voting for Congress could be possible

Members have had online hearings and meetings by the thousands. But the only remote voting allowed was by proxy.

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GSA challenged over blanket purchasing agreement for equipment

An old lesson had a new airing when a contractor challenged the set-up of a blanket purchasing agreement.

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GSA ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

The General Services Administration has ascertained that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election

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Defense News

JAIC entering new phase of life, will create teams to help DoD adopt AI

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Some enlisted soldiers can now promote before getting mandated training

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Air Force nearly ready to begin rolling out its ‘internet of military things’

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Many DoD bases expected to restrict travel ahead of holidays as COVID cases rise

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JAIC entering new phase of life, will create teams to help DoD adopt AI

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State Dept gives thanks to Foreign Service’s ‘exceptional’ volunteer workforce

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Some enlisted soldiers can now promote before getting mandated training

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