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Intelligence community workforce is more diverse, but still struggles with retention and promotion

Minorities made up 27% of the intelligence community workforce in 2020, which IC officials say is a positive trend from the last few years. But the community is still struggling to retain and promote women and minorities into the upper ranks of their agencies.

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State Dept. highlights workforce goals as part of 'historic' modernization strategy

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Agency safety and reentry plans varied considerably during initial days of the pandemic, GAO finds

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All those Service to America medalists will be in one room this evening

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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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Could AI help stave off the brain drain of federal retirement?

Natural language processing and automation are some of the technologies agencies are considering both to cope with an aging out of the federal workforce.

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Federal employees used 58% of special emergency paid leave fund for COVID-19

The emergency paid leave program, which Congress created through the American Rescue Plan, ended last month, but the Office of Personnel Management will continue to reimburse agencies through the end of fiscal 2022.

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How the Air Force manages risk in its supply chains

When a part is needed for a plane in the Air Force, it usually comes through the 448th Supply Chain Wing in the Air Force Sustainment Center. Ensuring that all those parts get to their destinations, and that they are not tampered with or sabotaged, calls for a good deal of risk management.

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Zero trust is both a journey and an end state

Zero trust is the cybersecurity goal federal agencies have for their networks and data. It’s a policy requirement, and it’s an industry best practice. But zero trust is not something you buy, download and install. “Zero trust is really a security philosophy and approach that's built on a few core principles,” said Jason Garbis, the chief product officer for Appgate.

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DoD leaders say automation isn't taking over any civilian jobs yet

While they are supposed to takeover some menial tasks and do some jobs better than actual employees, DoD personnel leadership doesn’t see it making an impact on how many civilian workers the Pentagon maintains. At least not yet.

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FDA takes hands-on approach to upskill workforce under data modernization action plan

The Food and Drug Administration is giving employees a chance to learn data skills through hands-on projects, with less emphasis on traditional classrooms and coursework.

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Congress plans fixes for US military's AWOL weapons problems

America’s armed services will have to keep better track of their guns and explosives under changes. Congress is set to require. The Defense Department would have to tell both lawmakers and civilian law enforcement authorities more about guns that vanish from military armories, shipments and warehouses.

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GAO wants to see National Weather Service improve around leadership reforms

The National Weather Service, part of the Commerce Department, has been acting on a reform initiative since 2017. It’s trying to become more responsive to extreme weather events.

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DoD leaders say automation isn’t taking over any civilian jobs yet

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Congress plans fixes for US military’s AWOL weapons problems

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AbilityOne seeks to end minimum wage exception for disabled workers at nonprofit contractors

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State Dept. highlights workforce goals as part of ‘historic’ modernization strategy

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All those Service to America medalists will be in one room this evening

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Intelligence community workforce is more diverse, but still struggles with retention and promotion

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