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THE FEDERAL NEWSCAST, (length about seven minutes), is a weekdaily, high-information compilation of nine 40-second news stories and news packages, generated by the non-partisan, non-political, private-sector team of reporters at Federal News Network. Federal News Radio Producer/Newscaster Peter Musurlian assembles and reads the stories on the THE FEDERAL DRIVE with TOM TEMIN, the weekday morning-drive program, heard from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (ET) on the Federal News Network app (and website), on any smart speaker, and on WFED 1500 AM, a 50,000-watt 'Class A' powerhouse radio station in the nation's capital. The podcast is most popular with FNN's audience of highly educated listeners, who conveniently access THE FEDERAL NEWSCAST, 24/7, on any podcast platform . Listen to it (as just mentioned) or read the stories each weekday morning at FederalNewsNetwork.com, where the news items contain hyperlinks for those who want more information on a given story.

Episode Date
Child care for DoD employees is falling short, GAO says
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(2/6/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: Child care for DoD employees is good, but costs too much and is in short supply. A new bill could change how COLAs are calculated for federal retirees. And if you're violating certain federal civil statutes or regulations, get ready to pay higher penalties.
Feb 06, 2023
MSPB says federal hiring officials should focus more on skills rather than education
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Merit Systems Protection Board encourages federal hiring managers to focus more on job candidates' skills, rather than their education. 
Feb 03, 2023
Navy wants local help figuring out what to do with a now closed facility
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In today's Federal Newscast, a Hawaiian company will help the Navy find community-based solutions to reuse the Red Hill fuel storage facility on Oahu.
Feb 02, 2023
A new way to measure the government's supply chain security readiness
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In today's Federal Newscast the Federal Acquisition Security Council is developing a scorecard to help assess governmentwide supply chain security readiness.
Feb 01, 2023
PRAC: Potentially over $5 billion in fraudulent pandemic loans from SBA
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In today's Federal Newscast, a pandemic watchdog flags billions of dollars in potential fraud from programs offered by the Small Business Administration. 
Jan 31, 2023
State Department employees suffering from mysterious condition now have an avenue for financial help
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In today's Federal Newscast, the State Department outlines how employees suffering from so-called Havana Syndrome can qualify for compensation.
Jan 30, 2023
Looking for a job? Now could be a good time to start your intelligence career
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In today's Federal Newscast, the National Security Agency is embarking one of its largest hiring sprees of the last three decades.
Jan 27, 2023
Concerned with potential damage to national security, two Senators request review of consulting firms' dual US-China relationships
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(1/26/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: Concerned with potential damage to national security, two Senators have requested a review of consulting firms' dual US-China relationships. The January 11 flight-delay fiasco, leads the House to pass a bill requiring the FAA to fix the problem. And TSP millionaires have made a slight comeback.
Jan 26, 2023
DoD wants to declassify more intelligence to enhance private-sector cybersecurity
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(1/25/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Defense Department wants to declassify more intelligence to enhance private-sector cybersecurity. GSA is taking new steps to make sure the software it uses is secure. And Janet Yellen says not to fret over your retirement money. It'll be there.
Jan 25, 2023
OPM draws wrath of House Oversight and Accountability Committee
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(1/24/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: The OPM has drawn the wrath of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency fires back at a lawsuit over a software contract. And after waiting almost a year for confirmation, Brendan Owens lands a new Assistant Secretary of Defense job.
Jan 24, 2023
GAO sounds the alarm on federal cybersecurity efforts
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(1/23/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: The GAO is once again sounding the alarm on federal cybersecurity efforts. The Veterans Affairs Department is weeks away from taking its next step to modernize its supply chain systems. And OPM is hiring a chief learning officer.
Jan 23, 2023
Treasury Department temporarily suspends investments in the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund
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(1/20/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Treasury Department is temporarily suspending investments in the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. Federal contracting officers have new training and certification requirements. And the State Department is launching a new program to resettle refugees in the U.S.
Jan 20, 2023
GAO audits another big federal program with big fraud potential
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(1/19/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: GAO audits another big federal program with big fraud potential. The Defense Department has a new plan to manage its satellite communications. And lawmakers reintroduce legislation to equalize Social Security benefits for federal retirees.
Jan 19, 2023
Court fight continues over government-shutdown double back pay
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(1/18/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: The court fight continues over government-shutdown double back pay. A New York congressman is urging CISA to examine air traffic control vulnerabilities. And the State Department will pay $37 million in a class-action lawsuit involving some 230 disability discrimination cases.
Jan 18, 2023
IG slams NASA's software asset management, calling it 'basic'
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(1/17/23) In today's Federal Newscast: The Inspector General criticizes NASA's software asset management, calling it 'basic.' Some Coasties are treading water, trying to find affordable housing. And CISA looks to speed up hiring.
Jan 17, 2023
Soldier sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for $3 million PPP loan fraud
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(1/13/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: A soldier has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for $3 million in PPP loan fraud. New recommendations are out on how to collect sexual orientation and gender-identity data. And the clock is ticking on your chance to donate to the Combined Federal Campaign.
Jan 13, 2023
Grassley calls for 10 agencies to account for payment arrangements of temporarily employed non-feds
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(1/12/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: A powerful senator wants to know how some agencies are paying non-federal temp employees. The Navy Secretary expresses concern about maintenance backlogs at four shipyards weakening combat readiness. And where's Robin? Congressman Comer thinks GSA's Carnahan is working way, way outside the beltway.
Jan 12, 2023
Another agency discovers the benefits of other transaction authority
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The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dalhgren Division, like other defense units, seeks to bring new industrial capabilities quickly to benefit the mission. Now it has entered into a new other-transaction-agreement, or OTA, to do just that. OTAs in the right circumstances let agencies speed up acquisitions, often non-competitive ones. For details, Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with the Dalhgren Division's Head Contracting Officer, Melisha McAuliffe and with VP of the Sea, Space and Air Division at ATI, Chad Bryant.
Jan 11, 2023
GOP House members named chairmen of Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees
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(1/11/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: House Republicans continue to enjoy their majority, naming two more members to committee chairmanships. Defense Secretary Austin officially ends the military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. And AFGE continues to grow new members.
Jan 11, 2023
GOP chairmen selected on House Ways and Means and Homeland Security Committees
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(1/10/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: Republicans have started selecting chairmen for their House committees. OPM offers agencies a first look at new HR standards to help improve the delivery of services. And the 2023 Presidential Rank Awards are open for business.
Jan 10, 2023
Bad computer-password practices could lead to a phishing-attack crisis
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(1/9/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: Bad computer password practices could lead to phishing attacks at the Interior Department. 2022 Unclassified Defense Department procurement spending nearly hits an all-time high. And the penalty for unethical feds could hit over $70,000.
Jan 09, 2023
DoD reveals name-change recommendations for nine Army bases
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DoD reveals the name-change recommendations for nine Army bases. AFGE says inmate sex incidents are creating stress-induced illnesses for federal prison guards. And private debt collectors hired by the IRS get mixed reviews.
Jan 06, 2023
Indictments, convictions and millions recovered, as DHS OIG tackles COVID-19 fraud
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(1/5/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: COVID fraud leads to indictments, convictions and millions recovered, thanks to the efforts of the DHS OIG. Leaders at OPM search for better ways to support their hybrid workforce. And DoD wants to know what it costs to wear a uniform.
Jan 05, 2023
Biden renominates Gigi Sohn to FCC, 14 months after failed first confirmation effort
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(1/4/23) - In today's Federal Newscast: The President tries again, 14 months later, to get Gigi Sohn on the FCC. Awash in scandal, Congress calls for more oversight of privatized military housing. And Senators Carper and Collins insist Postmaster General DeJoy formulate a new recruiting and retention plan, as delivery delays persist.
Jan 04, 2023
Military academy superstar athletes no longer can turn pro upon graduation
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Military academy superstar athletes can no longer turn pro immediately after graduation. OPM reminds agencies that there are rules about putting political appointees into civil service jobs.And the State Department gets aggressive searching for its next generation of IT workers.
Jan 03, 2023
Congress wants DoD's telework policies set in stone
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In today's Federal Newscast, emphasizing the availability of telework for federal jobs may lead to better recruitment and retention.
Dec 30, 2022
NIST is out with new methods for agencies to handle data privacy concerns
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In today's Federal Newscast, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has new guidance for federal agencies that need to reduce privacy risks in giant sets of data.
Dec 29, 2022
Legislation order Bureau of Prisons to upgrade its security hardware
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Federal Bureau of Prisons will have to overhaul its outdated security systems under legislation the president signed yesterday.
Dec 28, 2022
NARA signs new telework agreement with AFGE
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new telework agreement for one agency gives its employees more flexibility
Dec 27, 2022
DHS IG finds Homeland Security not too secure about revoking credentials from former employees
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(12/12/22) - In today's Federal Newscast - The DHS Inspector General finds Homeland Security not too secure about revoking former employees' credentials. A new bill calls for NOAA to breakaway from the Commerce Department. And after a two-year wait, federal guidance on the ethical use of AI is MIA.
Dec 23, 2022
CBP's $17 billion budget means a bigger focus on the border
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(12/22/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: A $17 billion dollar budget for CBP means a bigger border focus. The Merit Systems Protection Board releases a report on sexual harassment at federal agencies. And feedback is needed on how federal employees pay their union dues.
Dec 22, 2022
OPM has its first deputy director in two years
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(12/21/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Office of Personnel Management has its first deputy director in two years. Information on CIA's new Open Source Enterprise director, can be found in open sources. And OPM data breach victims need to act fast to get their $700.
Dec 21, 2022
GOP Senators urge defense secretary to reinstate military members and issue backpay for vaccine-related discharges
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(12/20/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Republican Senators urge Defense Secretary Austin to reinstate military members and to issue backpay for vaccine-related discharges. The personal information of more than 250,000 people possibly exposed in data breach. And L3Harris Technologies is buying Aerojet Rocketdyne for almost $5 billion.
Dec 20, 2022
Senate continues its crusade against duplicative federal programs
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(12/19/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Senate continues its battle against wasteful duplication in federal programs. Over the past two years, the wage gap for federal agencies does not improve for women. And the Air Force makes progress accommodating civilian employees with disabilities.
Dec 19, 2022
Senate unanimously passes bill that would ban TikTok on government devices
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(12/16/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Senate has unanimously agreed that TikTok should be banned. The percentage of women serving in the military keeps going up. And the Federal Protective Service is facing staffing shortages.
Dec 16, 2022
Lawmakers want retired military officers held accountable for jobs with shady foreign clients
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(12/15/22) In today's Federal Newscast: With the cost of living up, so is the military's Basic Allowance for Housing. Lawmakers want retired military officers held accountable for jobs with shady foreign clients. And the Defense Intelligence Agency embraces artificial intelligence.
Dec 15, 2022
The chances of a government shutdown, just about slammed shut
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(12/14/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The chances that congress will shut down the government look slim...maybe. Space Force guardians sharpened their skills tracking Artemis between the Earth and the moon. And the State Department is planning to create a new bureau to address future infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics.
Dec 14, 2022
DoD IG issues critical report on behavior of former director of the White House Military Office
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(12/13/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Defense Department Inspector General issues a critical report on the behavior of the former director of the White House Military Office. A 17th Sergeant Major of the Army has been selected. And DCSA awards two contracts worth more than $2 billion each.
Dec 13, 2022
OPM prepares to gather telework information from all agencies
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(12/12/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: OPM prepares to gather telework information from all federal agencies. DoJ and HHS strengthen their partnership to put more heat on fraudsters. And a senior official leading workforce issues at the State Department is stepping down.
Dec 12, 2022
NDAA will give direct financial help to servicemembers in need
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(12/9/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The National Defense Authorization Act will give direct financial help to servicemembers in need. The Department of Homeland security gets some suggestions on how to improve customer service. And another bill is on the way to vanquish government jargon.
Dec 09, 2022
NDAA will give direct financial help to servicemembers in need
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(12/9/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The National Defense Authorization Act will give direct financial help to servicemembers in need. The Department of Homeland security gets some suggestions on how to improve customer service. And another bill is on the way to vanquish government jargon.
Dec 09, 2022
IBM's shopping spree lands a Reston firm, as it gobbles up its 25th company since 2020
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(12/8/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: IBM's shopping spree lands a Reston firm, as it gobbles up its 25th company since 2020. DoD's chief financial officer wants an actual budget to pass, not a CR. And the Veterans Affairs Department continues to struggle to comply with a litany of laws.
Dec 08, 2022
House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders reached an agreement on NDAA
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(12/7/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders have reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act. U.S. scientists turn into diplomats (of sorts) on foreign soil. And the Social Security Administration unveils its new website.
Dec 07, 2022
House Republicans urge EEOC bring employees fully back to the office
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(12/6/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Republicans in the House call on the EEOC to fully bring back federal employees to the office. A new study finds that reaching out to certain TSP participants, boosts the money they invest. And GSA's Technology Transformation Service has a new leader.
Dec 06, 2022
'The Evil Twins' are on the House calendar for the first time,for a possible first-ever vote
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(12/5/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Evil Twins are on the House calendar for the first time for a possible first-ever vote. With a $10 billion ceiling, a solicitation is out for one of the most anticipated IT services contracts of the year. And a 2022 IRS watchdog investigation leads to 26 firings and much more.
Dec 05, 2022
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gets high marks for its cybersecurity program
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(12/2/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gets high marks for its cybersecurity program. Watchdogs say mistakes and fraud led to telehealth overbilling during the pandemic. And DoD wants to know if the kids are doing all right.
Dec 02, 2022
President's Management Agenda sets training and supplier diversity goals
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(12/1/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The President's Management Agenda sets agency goals for training and supplier diversity, among others. Seventy House lawmakers push for billions of dollars for the Social Security Administration. And the Senate confirms a new Defense Department IG.
Dec 01, 2022
A banner year for GSA IT contracts
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(11/30/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: We have the numbers on a banner year for GSA IT contracts. The Space Force orbits into its first overseas combatant command. And the VA's shift away from paper checks, snuffs out fraud.
Nov 30, 2022
Certain military laboratories can now pay a top annual salary of $226,000
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(11/29/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The military’s Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories can now pay you $226,000 per year. The National Science Foundation experiments with more working from home. And the cost of sending junk mail is going up.
Nov 29, 2022
Social Security Administration asks for billions of more dollars to do its job
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(11/28/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Social Security Administration says it needs billions more to deliver for Americans. The federal government saw an overall drop in improper payments in fiscal 2022. And federal employees still have time to make changes to their health care enrollments.
Nov 28, 2022
Two former VA employees plead guilty to embezzling nearly $3 million from the agency
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(11/23/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Two former VA employees are likely headed to federal prison for their $3 million scheme. A lead cyber agency is on the hunt for a key piece of technology. And OPM will temporarily halt applications for the Federal Long-Term-Care Insurance Program.
Nov 23, 2022
Congressmen want to know what agencies are doing to ensure clean water across America
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(11/22/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Two congressmen want to know what agencies are doing to ensure clean water across America. DOJ wants agencies to provide more information in different lanugages. And the House Modernization Committee looks at the need to have a congressional Chief Data Officer.
Nov 22, 2022
Small businesses get some inflation relief from the SBA
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(11/21/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Small businesses get some inflation relief from the SBA. Federal first responders, with on-the-job injuries, may soon get better retirement benefits. And federal prosecutors have filed charges following a gun battle that killed a CBP officer.
Nov 21, 2022
A bill designed to standardize federal-election mail-in ballots is headed to the House floor.
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(11/18/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: A bill meant to standardize mail-in ballots for federal elections is heading to the House floor. A long-running dispute between employees and the Education Department has reached a settlement. And USPS has gifted itself some new sorting machines, just in time for the holidays.
Nov 18, 2022
The year-old $3 billion infrastructure law is actually leading to stuff being fixed
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(11/17/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is actually leading to stuff being fixed. The Defense Logistics Agency gets a step closer to hitting the spot with G-Invoicing. And the GSA looks to Arkansas for nuclear and renewable energy sources for federal agencies.
Nov 17, 2022
OPM urged to disallow salary-history consideration in federal recruitment and pay determination
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(11/16/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: OPM is urged to disallow salary history in both the hiring and pay-setting processes. The VA is taking corrective action after disclosing the vaccination status of more than half a million employees. And the Secret Service gets some new cybersecurity advice.
Nov 16, 2022
Pentagon continues to face challenges responding to cyber attacks on military networks
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(11/15/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Pentagon continues to face challenges in responding to cyber-attacks on military networks. Agencies may get some help with training for human resources specialists. And the Defense Department still can't meet its goals for keeping its planes "mission ready."
Nov 15, 2022
The Air Force and Space Force offer a day off for servicemembers to get the bivalent booster shot
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(11/14/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Air Force and Space Force are offering a day off for servicemembers to get the latest shot. Three agencies are teaming up to help veterans better understand their protections against employment discrimination. And the Biden administration is taking steps to require major federal contractors to reduce air pollution.
Nov 14, 2022
GAO: New TSA screening technology is discriminating at airports
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(11/10/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: It looks like the TSA has a screening machine that discriminates. The hiring surge at the Internal Revenue Service continues. And the Defense Department has a new chief of defense industrial base cybersecurity.
Nov 10, 2022
Boasting a 91% success rate, the IRS rakes in $31 billion from tax cheats
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(11/9/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Boasting a 91% success rate, the IRS rakes in $31 billion dollars from tax cheats. A new director has been named at the NIH to run what's called, "NCATS." And a House committee moves to help VA employees concerned about the mishmash of state abortion laws.
Nov 09, 2022
Number of TSP millionaires continues to drop
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(11/8/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The world continues to have fewer TSP millionaires. AFGE continues to grow. And VA healthcare embraces the possibly toxic today.
Nov 08, 2022
GAO warns Coast Guard that it's too slow creating rules to improve safety aboard older commercial fishing vessels
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(11/7/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: GAO warns the Coast Guard that it's way behind improving safety aboard older commercial fishing vessels. EV-driving DoD employees will have an easier time charging their vehicles in 2023. And veteran homelessness dropped 11% in 2022, according to the VA.
Nov 07, 2022
Federal HR employees get guidance on data use in recruitment efforts
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(11/4/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Federal human resources employees get some guidance on how to effectively use data in recruitment. The leading federal cyber agencies enumerate coding-security advice for software vendors. And the FCC is launching a Space Bureau.
Nov 04, 2022
Space Force has a new leader
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(11/3/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Take me to your leader; the Space Force has a new one. A union for federal employees suggests some agencies might be sort of suppressing the vote. And DoD's Zero Trust strategy will soon go public.
Nov 03, 2022
GAO calls on FEMA to help more people in need of rebuilding their homes
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(11/2/22) In today's Federal Newscast: The GAO calls on FEMA to help more people in need of rebuilding their homes. The percentage of contract protests drops by double digits. And the Thrift Savings Plan was up in October.
Nov 02, 2022
National Archives digitizes hundreds of millions of pages for public access
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(11/1/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The National Archives continues its effort digitizing hundreds of millions of pages for the public. The VA improves its information on job vacancies. And the AbilityOne program scores a cool two million from the Technology Modernization Fund.
Nov 01, 2022
New data shows feds' pay is lagging even more behind private sector counterparts
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal employees are seeing a growing gap in salary compared with the private sector.
Oct 31, 2022
Looks like when the phone rings next tax season, someone will be there to answer
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In today's Federal Newscast, the IRS just might have someone to answer your call next tax season.
Oct 28, 2022
More ways for feds with student loan debt to get a break from payments
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal employees with student debt may soon see some expanded opportunities for loan forgiveness.
Oct 27, 2022
DOD's JEDI cloud contract may have had some unresolved issues
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In today's Federal Newscast, just when you thought you had heard the last of DoD's controversial JEDI cloud contract, there's another twist.
Oct 26, 2022
The Office of Personnel Management is hoping to attract more early career (young) workers into government
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In today's Federal Newscast, OPM plans a slew of initiatives to attract more early-career people to federal service.
Oct 25, 2022
IG: Climate change to add to Treasury Department's workload as well
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In today's Federal Newscast, you can add the treasury department to the list of agencies whose workload may significantly increase due to climate change.
Oct 24, 2022
Customs and Border Protection pledges to hire more women by 2030
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(10/21/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Customs and Border Protection pledges to boost hiring-of-women to 30% by 2030. The Census Bureau count of cyber attacks against the Census Bureau, numbers in the trillions. And FEMA's efforts to combat workplace discrimination and harassment not quite firing on all cylinders.
Oct 21, 2022
Better policies needed for treatment of government dogs, GAO says
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(10/20/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: GAO said better policies are needed for the treatment of some 5,000 government dogs. OMB is expected to soon issue guidance on a recent ruling on the COVID-19 vaccine. And TSA rolls out a new machine, at small airports, to get you through the security line faster.
Oct 20, 2022
Billions richer, IRS leader remains confident amid huge backlog and employee wrongdoing
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(10/19/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The GAO has some advice for the Army to make sure it shoots straight. With some 14 million tax returns needing attention and $80 billion richer, the IRS is confident it can do the job. And the TSA is taking new steps to ensure America's railways are not susceptible to cyber attacks.
Oct 19, 2022
Air Force needs to throttle up to fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities, DoD IG says
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(10/18/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: DoD IG says the Air Force needs to throttle up to fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The Postal Service is confident it can deliver the goods this election season. And are feds being hung out to dry when it comes to weather and safety leave?
Oct 18, 2022
Biden Administration suggests possible return to vaccine mandates for federal contractors
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(10/17/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Biden administration is signaling it’s at least possible that the vaccine mandate for federal contractors is coming back. The Defense Department needs about 20 experts it's willing to pay $340,000 per year. And a union blames campaign ads for increased threats against the IRS.
Oct 17, 2022
Air Force experiments with pot leniency in recruitment
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(10/14/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Infrastructure plans move forward, as the federal government hires thousands of Americans. The Social Security Administration could lose thousands of employees to retirement in the near future. And the high-flying Air Force experiments with pot leniency in recruitment.
Oct 14, 2022
Social Security makes progress in reducing payments to dead people
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(10/13/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Social Security is hopeful it will reduce payments to dead people. Technical updates to the website for IG reports, expected to produce even more government transparency. And AT&T public sector has a new leader.
Oct 13, 2022
U.S. Army cements plans for an integrated zero trust program
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(10/12/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Army is creating a new integrated program office to bring all of its zero trust pursuits under one roof. GAO tells GSA it has got a real problem selling real estate efficiently. And Senate inaction causes a top OMB vacancy to remain unfilled, going on five years.
Oct 12, 2022
Biden Administration expands use of procurement to encourage economically friendly purchasing
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(10/11/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Biden Administration expands the use of procurement to encourage economically friendly purchasing. American embassies worldwide are in line for a major network upgrade. And the Department of Homeland Security looks to improve customer experience with people and data.
Oct 10, 2022
The Army and West Point creating a climate change curriculum to focus on national security implications
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(10/7/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Army and West Point are creating a climate change curriculum to focus on national security implications. OPM plays the role of booster in encouraging federal employees to their latest COVID shots. And if you're a tax cheat living abroad, the IRS just might find you.
Oct 07, 2022
The Space Development Agency lands upon a new, permanent home
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(10/6/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Space Development Agency has landed upon a new, permanent home. It looks like GSA will be keep contractors busy this winter. And the IG community honors its best.
Oct 06, 2022
Lawmakers push for a waiver extension of student loan debt relief for government employees
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(10/5/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Lawmakers are pushing to extend a program deadline for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. A lawsuit about racially biased performance evaluations at NASA moves forward. And a handful of IRS employees are charged with defrauding two pandemic-relief programs.
Oct 05, 2022
A $28 billion SBA pandemic relief program for restaurants served up some sloppy oversight and possible fraud, GAO says
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(10-4-22) - In today's Federal Newscast: A $28 billion SBA pandemic relief program for restaurants looks to have served up some fraud and sloppy oversight. House Republicans are not too keen on giving the IRS billions of dollars to catch more tax cheats. And the Air Force is seeking candidates for a $5 billion cyber services contract.
Oct 04, 2022
DoD Inspector General finds major flaws in the reporting of insider threats
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(10/3/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Defense Department Inspector General finds major flaws in the reporting of insider threats. More than 12% of federal employees surveyed, wanted to quit their jobs last year. And efforts to improve the air filtration in government buildings continue to fall short.
Oct 03, 2022
Nearly $3 million in possible COVID fraud tied to DHS employees
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(9/30/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Nearly $3 million in possible COVID fraud is tied to DHS employees. A government shutdown is off the table, probably. And one of the longest serving agency CIOs is retiring.
Sep 30, 2022
Hundreds of reclassified workers would have been easier to fire under Schedule F, GAO reports
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(9/29/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Government Accountability Office lifts the veil to show hundreds of feds were being prepped for easier firing under Schedule F. The nominee to be the National Archivist encounters a political speed bump. And the Labor Department is finding a way out of its technical debt.
Sep 29, 2022
Senators move to ban sex offenders from National Veterans Cemeteries
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(9/29/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: It looks like a government shutdown at midnight on Friday has been avoided. Lots of changes planned if the National Cemeteries Preservation and Protection Act is passed. And dissatisfaction and exhaustion rise for employees at the Social Security Administration.
Sep 28, 2022
U.S. Navy moves ships and aircraft out of the path of Hurricane Ian
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(9/27/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The U.S. Navy moves ships and aircraft out of the path of Hurricane Ian. New ideas emerge to make oversight of federal IT more impactful. And auditors find gaps in the cybersecurity practices across the nation’s nuclear labs and production sites.
Sep 27, 2022
The IG community is taking a closer look at it's own work force
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In today's Federal Newscast, a working group in the inspector general community is looking for ways to better integrate diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the IG workforce.
Sep 26, 2022
Agriculture Department plants more seeds to grow its diversity and inclusion efforts
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(9/23/22) -- In today's Federal Newscast: USDA sprinkles some fertilizer on its growing efforts at diversity. An immigrant woman of color, who once ran DARPA and NIST, takes over the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. And DoD thinks of new ways to help soldiers fight inflation.
Sep 23, 2022
State Department looking to pay college students who speak fluent computer
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(9/22/22) - In today's Federal Newscast -- Special delivery: Louis DeJoy brings joy to postal managers with a 3% pay raise. There appears to be no end in sight trying to attract qualified Americans to join the military. And another BLM office votes to join the union.
Sep 22, 2022
Found guilty, a former HUD inspector general faces up to 80 years in prison for corruption
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(9/21/22) - In today's Federal Newscast - A former HUD inspector general is found guilty of corruption and now faces up to 80 years in prison. DoD is offering two online courses on suicide. Major changes are afoot for SBA's 8(a) program. And AFGE presents its wish list for the 2023 defense authorization bill.
Sep 21, 2022
The 'Oscars' of federal service will be handed out tonight in D.C.
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(9/20/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: What some call "the Oscars" for federal public service will be given out tonight in the nation's capital.The Air Force is reversing a plan that would have cut pay for some servicemembers. And the Homeland Security Department is repurposing some electric vehicles to add to its 50,000-vehicle fleet.
Sep 20, 2022
Could artificial intelligence lead to genuine hiring bias?
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(9/19/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Government officials think artificial intelligence could lead to a real bias in hiring. The Post Office plan to transport more mail through railroad contractors is off the rails.And a Midwest senator wants to turn up the heat on federal agencies...literally.
Sep 19, 2022
A BRIGHT idea that would save the government millions of dollars on lightbulbs and electricity
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(9/16/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: A BRIGHT idea by lawmakers could save millions of taxpayer dollars. The Biden administration takes steps to loosen COVID-19 restrictions. And the IRS moves toward establishing the Federal Contractor Tax Check System.
Sep 16, 2022
Pentagon removes almost all of its COVID-related workplace restrictions
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(9/15/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: If you work inside the Pentagon, you'll experience almost no workplace COVID-related restrictions. A new crop of White House Fellows prepares to start work in the federal government. And there are concerns about a software supply chain provision in the NDAA.
Sep 15, 2022
The State Department moves to extricate itself from its pale, male and Yale image
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(9/14/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Department of State moves aggressively to shake its image as pale, male and Yale. The American Federation of Government Employees continues to grow. And CISA lays out a grand vision for its future .
Sep 14, 2022
Government child care facilities fail the post-COVID drinking water test
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(9/13/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Most GSA childcare facilities did not test their drinking water, which was likely contaminated, after returning from the COVID shutdown. Bipartisan lawmakers are looking to limit the ability of some feds to trade individual stocks. And the Biden administration fills two brand-new positions to government
Sep 13, 2022
The Interior Department removes an ethnic slur from valleys, streams and rivers
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The US Marshal s Service is offering a hefty reward for information leading to the arrest of Fat Leonard. GSA will focus more on climate and sustainability considerations in federal acquisition. And the Interior Department's search for a new CIO is over.
Sep 12, 2022
The Interior Department removes ethic slur from the names of valleys, streams and rivers
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The US Marshal s Service is offering a hefty reward for information leading to the arrest of Fat Leonard. GSA will focus more on climate and sustainability considerations in federal acquisition. And the Interior Department's search for a new CIO is over.
Sep 12, 2022
The Interior Department removes ethic slur from the names of valleys, streams and rivers
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The US Marshal s Service is offering a hefty reward for information leading to the arrest of Fat Leonard. GSA will focus more on climate and sustainability considerations in federal acquisition. And the Interior Department's search for a new CIO is over.
Sep 12, 2022
The Interior Department removes the word "squaw" and other ethnic slurs from valleys, streams and rivers
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(9/12/22) In today's Federal Newscast: The U.S.Marshals Service is offering a hefty reward for information leading to the arrest of Fat Leonard. GSA will focus more on climate and sustainability considerations in federal acquisition. And the Interior Department's search for a new CIO is over.
Sep 12, 2022
Arrested and discharged soldier joined Army to learn how to kill black people, prosecutors say
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(9/9/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: A discharged Ft. Bragg soldier, active on social media, is under arrest for alleged extremist activity. If you have social skills, the Department of Homeland Security might want to hire you. And senators say the easing of the military's soldiers-with-HIV policy should go further.
Sep 09, 2022
Bill Shackelford prepares to take the helm at NARFE in January
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(9/8/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Inflation-weary defense contractors get a break from firm, fixed-price contracts. The GAO issues a report that concludes that the defense department can do a better job of utilizing commercial satellites. And the Army wants to modify and accelerate the selection process for new commanders.
Sep 08, 2022
The board that manages the TSP to be officially scrutinized
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(9/7/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is going under the microscope. The Ag and Interior secretaries are urged to immediately hire more federal firefighters. And new tactical bras for female soldiers are on the drawing board.
Sep 07, 2022
Union organizers now allowed on GSA-owned property to interact with contractors
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(9/6/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Union organizers are now allowed on GSA-owned property to chat up private contractors. The vaccine mandate for federal employees is being challenged by lawmakers. And a two-year-old $340 million IT contract is under scrutiny.
Sep 06, 2022
New report spells out plan for federal agencies to work together in the next pandemic
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(9/2/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: A new, in-depth report spells out a plan for federal agencies to work together to fight the next pandemic. Beware, it’s insider-threat awareness month. And a new Army survey finds dissatisfaction with military housing.
Sep 02, 2022
Zombie programs that won't die lurch toward half a trillion dollars
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((/1/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Biden team has made a few more tweaks to its COVID-19 guidance for feds. Zombie programs that just won't die lurch glassy-eyed toward half a trillion dollars. And the Navy is looking for a few good gamers.
Sep 01, 2022
The Office of the National Cyber Director names 17 new appointments
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(8/31/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Office of the National Cyber Director announces 17 new appointments this week. The Defense Department makes a major update to its Mentor-Protégé program. And CACI wins a long-awaited contract worth billions of dollars.
Aug 31, 2022
Service members and their families have a new vaccine option
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(8/30/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Service members and their families have a new option when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations. The clock is ticking on the Small Business Innovation Research program. And no test for you...as the free gifts to your mailbox come to an end.
Aug 30, 2022
SBA reinvigorates its women-owned small business contracting initiative
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(8/29/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: An appeals court decision might mean a return to the COVID vaccine mandates for federal contractors. The SBA reinvigorates its women-owned small business contracting initiative. And Ft. Bragg's moldy barracks seem to be nothing to brag about.
Aug 29, 2022
Pentagon officials say a hotter world means the U.S. military needs to adjust
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(8/26/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Pentagon says the military needs to change in this increasingly hotter world. The Biden administration takes action to make sure public research results should be public. And the Air Force is partnering with NASA for experiments aboard the International Space Station.
Aug 26, 2022
Education Dept. gearing up for President Biden's student loan cancellation plans
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Education Dept. is trying to work quickly to set up a simple application process to help borrowers claim debt relief.
Aug 25, 2022
The VA begins a new focus on network cyber controls
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(8/24/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The VA begins a new focus on network cyber controls. Does telework help or hurt diversity efforts? And was the Coast-Guard-connected couple in Hawaii in the spying business? Trial begins in a month.
Aug 24, 2022
The Postal Service is delivered a cybersecurity report card with mixed grades
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(8/23/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Postal Service has accepted delivery of a mixed-grades cybersecurity report card. HUD and its employees are just not seeing eye-to-eye on returning to the office. And the military just made it easier for soldiers to get a vaccine for Monkeypox.
Aug 23, 2022
The Marine Corps hits its retention goals for the first time in a decade
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(8/22/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Forget about "The Great Resignation." The Marine Corps just hit its retention goals for the first time in a decade. Reimbursements for military housing are not keeping up with inflation. And the Federal Charity Campaign needs more leaders.
Aug 22, 2022
Congressman Connolly demands to know if the DHS IG is under investigation
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(8/19/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: A Virginia congressman demands to know if the Homeland Security Inspector General is under investigation. NASA lays out its plan for a major IT services contract recompete. And the IRS is looking to expand its use of video conferences in appeals cases.
Aug 19, 2022
Yellen memo calls for IRS modernization to help ID tax-evasion schemes perpetrated by top earners
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(8/18/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellin wants to catch a higher number of rich tax cheats. The GAO recommends the military services clear up their tattoo policies. And the Colin Powell Leadership Program is offering paid fellowships and internships.
Aug 18, 2022
IRS could have trouble spending billions of new taxpayer dollars on new employees
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(8/17/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: President Biden makes it official by signing the Inflation Reduction Act. The IRS is having trouble spending its taxpayer dollars. And congress goes after sexual misconduct in Junior ROTC programs.
Aug 17, 2022
Sen. Rubio hammers continued TSP investment in China
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(8/16/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: A Florida senator has some harsh words for the TSP and its China ties. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is criticized for its lack of transparency. And the Pentagon releases its first-ever social-media policy for official accounts
Aug 16, 2022
As Navy recruiters tread water, a few $100,000 life preservers land with a splash
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(8/15/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: A murdered soldiers family files a $35 million lawsuit. GSA is offering some new help to agencies to improve cybersecurity. And the Department of Homeland Security is looking for a few good hackers.
Aug 15, 2022
IG says 'inconsistent' Pentagon policy on active shooters could make things worse
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(8/12/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The IG warns an inconsistent DoD policy on active shooters could be deadly. The union for letter carriers contends USPS is way understaffed. And the Navy and the state of Hawaii join forces to clean-up the military's mess in Paradise.
Aug 12, 2022
The Air Force will no longer shoot down Facebook foes
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(8/11/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: If you want to troll the Air Force Facebook page...no problem. The U.S. Forest Service and Defense Logistics Agency are teaming up to fight fires. And President Biden appoints the first woman to head up the National Cancer Institute.
Aug 11, 2022
Pentagon loosens some of its COVID-19 restrictions
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(8/10/22) - The Pentagon's COVID-19 policy is evolving. Agencies get marching orders for how to prioritize their 2024 budget requests. And the Postal Service expects to raise mail prices in January. AND this update: This morning, President Biden sign the so-called BURN PITS bill to support veterans.
Aug 10, 2022
Millionaire status is fleeting for thousands of TSP participants
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(8/9/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The economy batters another group: former TSP millionaires. The Marine Mammal Commission has its ethics called into question. And GAO is concerned the Navy is trying to impede Congressional oversight.
Aug 09, 2022
New locality-pay adjustments will impact thousands of federal workers
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(8/8/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The IRS is about to get additional billions in its budget for added enforcement. Some feds in the West and Pacific Northwest expect some locality pay to be in their future. And a new report finds that federal employees’ salaries are often much lower than their private-sector peers.
Aug 08, 2022
SBA names its third CIO in two years
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(8/5/22) In today's Federal Newscast: The Federal Labor Relations Authority has issued a complaint against EEOC over office-reentry policies. The Capitol riot has got the Pentagon rethinking its rules on saving data on mobile devices. And the Air Force is embracing privacy during pregnancy.
Aug 05, 2022
Former Trump aide in trouble for not turning over government emails on his private account
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(8/4/22) In today's Federal Newscast: The Biden Administration Office of Personnel Management gets its first second-in-command. Former White House trade-policy director Peter Navarro's in trouble for doing government business on his private email. And the Navy has a new top intelligence officer.
Aug 04, 2022
GSA's Chief Information Officer is on a hiring spree
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(8/3/22) - In today's Federal Newscast: The Chief Information Officer at GSA is seemingly in unrestrained hiring mode. Meanwhile, federal employees under 30 are resigning at higher rates than the overall average. And a new bill takes on the hired-at-will controversy.
Aug 03, 2022
Postal workers reminded they cannot profit from speeches, articles or books about official duties
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On today's Federal Newscast: It looks like DoD might be under reporting what it's spending on cloud services. CISA can expect a huge budget increase next year. And postal workers are reminded to rein in the rainmaking for personal gain.
Aug 02, 2022
DOJ indicts three alleged scammers for posing as federal employees and bilking victims out of $7.5 million
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In today's Federal Newscast: More than 50 victims handed over millions of dollars to scammers posing as Feds. A new bill would try to make it easier to fire federal employees. And DoD health officials are building a one-stop-shop website offering abortion information.
Aug 01, 2022
House lawmakers urge POTUS to require large vendors to disclose PAC spending, after a federal contract is awarded
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In today's Federal Newscast: House Progressives want large government contractors to quickly disclose their PAC donations. A new FBI building just got a half billion dollars closer to reality. And the next chief of space operations at the Space Force has been selected.
Jul 29, 2022
Inflation expected to hit government contractors hard, Pentagon Comptroller says
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In today's Federal Newscast: No surprise. Inflation is hitting the contracting community along with everyone else. GAO reports that DoD has shoddy tactics for testing children for lead exposure. And the Customs and Border Protection directorate hits facial recognition technology right between the eyes .
Jul 28, 2022
Agriculture Department IT workers vote to join a union
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In today's Federal Newscast: Some 800 IT workers at the Agriculture Department vote to join a union. In Hawaii, a Coast Guard couple might be Russians, with fake identities. And federal agencies achieve historic levels of success with small business contracting.
Jul 27, 2022
D.C. Delegate asks GAO to look into TSP's bug-riddled website
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Two Members of Congress ask GAO to figure out what has gone wrong with the TSP's members-only website. There's news of a $12-million-dollar class-action settlement at DEA, some three-decades in the making. And NASA’s Goddard Center has a job opening, at the top.
Jul 26, 2022
White House budget request highlights its cybersecurity priorities
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In today's Federal Newscast: A losing bidder for the DoD multibillion moving contract will submit additional evidence in its lawsuit. Disabled workers for federal contracting jobs will now get, at least, the federal minimum wage.And Senate lawmakers want agencies to begin preparing for a quantum leap in computing.
Jul 25, 2022
OPM's top official identifies telework dearth as major cause of ship jumping
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In today's Federal Newscast: The OPM Director has a warning about not offering telework to federal employees. The House passes a bill to fund IRS customer service. And the Coast Guard is modifying its medical requirements.
Jul 22, 2022
The Agriculture Department plants the equity seed
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In today's Federal Newscast: The National Institute of Standards and Technology is updating cybersecurity standards. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife employee gets caught lying about PPP loans. And the Army struggles further to meet its recruitment goals.
Jul 21, 2022
Dog bites appear quaint, as robberies triple for postal workers
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In today's Federal Newscast: With attacks on postal workers increasing, congress steps in. Congress also moves to get injured federal first responders their retirement benefits. And get ready for travel advisories about being taken hostage abroad.
Jul 20, 2022
Dr. Anthony Fauci catches the retirement virus
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In today's Federal Newscast: Some federal agencies just found out they overlooked nearly a half billion dollars in uncollected debts. Dr. Anthony Fauci admits he's caught the retirement virus. And CISA hangs up a shingle in London.
Jul 19, 2022
The IC gets a new data czar
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In today's Federal Newscast: The Intelligence Community gets a new Chief Data Officer. The U.S. Army is offering thousands of dollars in signing bonuses...per recruit. And a new legal opinion about the Technology Modernization Fund sheds light on payback options.
Jul 18, 2022
Forest workers want a little help finding their roots from their agency
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In today's Federal Newscast, Forest Service workers press for better living conditions.
Jul 15, 2022
IRS managers try to explain how Comey and McCabe could've ended up on audit list
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In today's Federal Newscast, IRS career managers respond to allegations of politically-motivated tax audits of former FBI director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe.
Jul 14, 2022
Agency leaders trying to get along better with federal employee unions
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In today's Federal Newscast, some agency leaders are taking a closer look at improving cooperation with unions.
Jul 13, 2022
High gas prices plaguing consumers...and the Pentagon
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is moving nearly $1 billion of its funds to cover rising fuel costs.
Jul 12, 2022
The Army is adjusting its tattoo policies, in the hopes of attracting more recruits
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Army has relaxed their policies on tattoos in an effort to recruit more people.
Jul 11, 2022
Social Security plans to expand workforce diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility
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In today's Federal Newscast: The Navy is making it less intimidating to report sexual assault. The director of the Secret Service is retiring. And staffing shortages are again plaquing the Veterans Affairs Department.
Jul 08, 2022
How the State Department helped Afghans escaping the Taliban end up safely in the U.S
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When the Taliban overran Afghanistan following the American pullout, tens of thousands of Afghans who had helped American forces had to flee. They came here. My next guests responded to a sudden need for transportation, housing and other aid. Their State Department team are finalists in this year's Service to America Medals program. Two of them joined me now in studio. We have the director of State's refugee processing center, Hilary Ingraham. And the domestic resettlement chief, Holly Herrera. The third award recipient is program officer Kiera Berdinner.
Jul 07, 2022
Some members of Congress urge the FDA to use its influence to limit animal testing
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Members of Congress continue their interest in seeing the curtailment of animal testing for drugs and cosmetics. Now some members are urging the Food and Drug Administration to develop guidance for industry on how to avoid animal testing for products requiring FDA approval. Here with more, Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nev.).
Jul 07, 2022
The government's main mental health agency takes on social media
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Evidence has mounted in the last year about the effects of social media on mental health. Now the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of Health and Human Services, has established a center of excellence on social media and mental wellness. Joining us once again, with what the center will do, SAMHSA administrator, Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon.
Jul 07, 2022
Congresswoman Norton hints at House hearing on TSP challenges
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Issues with the Thrift Savings Plan member access system have persisted for more than a month now. Long wait times and dropped calls at the TSP's customer service center, lack of access to historical documents, beneficiary designations and financial information. All problems with the new My Account Platform. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board launched the system June 1st. Now, many of the problems are getting more attention on Capitol Hill. Federal News Network's Drew Friedman spoke with DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), about why the TSP issues have been a recent priority for her.
Jul 07, 2022
How the Pentagon has reacted to the overturning of Roe v Wade
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With the Supreme Court recently striking down Roe v Wade, military service members may need to think about abortion in different ways. The Defense Department is promising to protect abortion, but that still leaves some pregnant service members in the lurch. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione has more.
Jul 07, 2022
How the Pentagon has reacted to the overturning of Roe v Wade
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With the Supreme Court recently striking down Roe v Wade, military service members may need to think about abortion in different ways. The Defense Department is promising to protect abortion, but that still leaves some pregnant service members in the lurch. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione has more.
Jul 07, 2022
Biden admin. wants more federal employees to qualify for student loan forgiveness
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In today's Federal Newscast, new proposal from the Department of Education is aiming to expand student loan relief programs for federal workers.
Jul 07, 2022
Federal Court of Appeals looks to handle question of monetary damages for feds who worked for free during shutdown
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In today's Federal Newscast, a federal appeals court is hearing arguments today over whether federal employees who worked without pay during government shutdowns are owed extra money.
Jul 06, 2022
Pentagon looking to gauge the health of the Defense industrial base
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon wants input from industry as part of a new study on the financial health of the Defense industrial base.
Jul 05, 2022
Navy enacting new measures to improve recruitment
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Navy is taking measures to keep more sailors in uniform as it continues to have issues with recruitment.
Jul 01, 2022
More funding for DHS' consolidated headquarters on the docket
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In today's Federal Newscast, the fiscal 2023 spending bills making their way through the House would give more money to the DHS St. Elizabeth's West Campus.
Jun 30, 2022
More funding for DHS' consolidated headquarters on the docket
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In today's Federal Newscast, the fiscal 2023 spending bills making their way through the House would give more money to the DHS St. Elizabeth's West Campus.
Jun 30, 2022
Just how secure are federal buildings?
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new inspector general report shows federal building alarm systems and security cameras are falling short of expectations.
Jun 29, 2022
USDA now accepting donations for Feds Feed Families campaign
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Agriculture kicked off the annual Feds Feed Families campaign Monday to tackle food and nutrition insecurity across the country.
Jun 28, 2022
DOJ preparing guidance for agencies who provide reproductive care after Dobbs v. Jackson decision
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Justice Department is looking to help agencies resolve any questions about their authority in providing reproductive care.
Jun 27, 2022
Senator wants former and possibly current marijuana use to not count against clearance-seekers
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In today's Federal Newscast, new legislation would make it easier for security clearance applicants to overcome a history of using marijuana.
Jun 24, 2022
New GSA contract will make sure some federal buildings are always buzzing
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In today's Federal Newscast, the federal government’s landlord is getting a new tenant, bees!
Jun 23, 2022
A tale of two agencies trying to implement a new electronic health record
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Veterans Affairs Department is delaying the launch of its EHR in certain areas, while the Defense Department's is moving right along.
Jun 22, 2022
New IG report shows why the Pentagon can sometimes have buyer's remorse
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department wasted an estimated $5 million in a single year by buying items it already had in its inventory.
Jun 21, 2022
The size of the next federal pay raise is up in the air
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In today's Federal Newscast: A federal pay raise appears to be on the horizon, but remains up in the air. Inflation might mean more money for the DoD and nuclear maintenance . And an $11 billion contract award survives a protest.
Jun 17, 2022
Coast Guard cyber expert says ransomware attack on federal agency is more than likely
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Coast Guard's Cyber Red and Blue Team Branch chief says that a ransomware attack is probably coming to a federal agency soon.
Jun 16, 2022
U.S. Marshals Service may need some help managing all that seized crypto
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In today's Federal Newscast, the U.S. Marshals Service has its work cut out managing cryptocurrencies seized by the Justice Department.
Jun 15, 2022
While the White House doesn't like the idea of a Space National Guard, one particular interest group does
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Biden administration doesn’t think a Space National Guard is the best idea. Now some interest groups are pushing back.
Jun 14, 2022
40 members of the U.S. Digital Corps headed to 13 agencies to improve digital services
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In today's Federal Newscast: the Biden administration outlines its plan to maximize COVID-era IT modernization funds. A study shows the brain injury CTE is rare in military personnel. And the VA is trying to streamline how contractors interact with the department.
Jun 13, 2022
Federal workers who get injured on the job may soon have more treatment options
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In today's Federal Newscast, a bill passes the House giving federal workers who get injured on the job better access to workers' compensation.
Jun 10, 2022
Federal lawsuit over 2015 OPM breach seems all but wrapped up
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In today's Federal Newscast, news on a potential multimillion dollar settlement for victims of the Office of Personnel Management hack.
Jun 09, 2022
DC area Congressman want to make federal telework a permanent option
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In today's Federal Newscast, Democratic House lawmakers want to expand federal employee telework for the long-haul.
Jun 08, 2022
The Air Force wants to show its airmen how to fuel up...themselves that is
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Air Force now has its own cooking show.
Jun 07, 2022
Government events may soon look a little like before COVID-19
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Safer Federal Workforce Committee issues a slew of updates to the governmentwide policy for dealing with Covid-19.
Jun 06, 2022
White House to initiate paid internship program for the first time ever this fall
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In today's Federal Newscast, this fall, the White House will have paid internships for the first time ever.
Jun 03, 2022
The first female U.S. military service chief is sworn in
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In today's Federal Newscast, it’s official: the U.S. military has its first-ever female service chief.
Jun 02, 2022
New lawsuit filed on behalf of Air Force members with religious objections to COVID vaccine mandate
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In today's Federal Newscast, a federal lawsuit has been filed against the Defense Department on behalf of members of the Air Force seeking religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Jun 01, 2022
Energy Department takes the title owning the fastest computer in the world
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Lab is home to the world's fastest supercomputer.
May 31, 2022
BLM workers elect to join federal employee union
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In today's Federal Newscast, employees at the Bureau of Land Management's headquarters vote to receive union coverage.
May 27, 2022
Two agencies point the finger when it comes to keeping track of tech spending
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In today's Federal Newscast, GAO, OMB butt heads over cost estimating for projects winning extra funding for IT modernization.
May 26, 2022
Man faces decade in prison for threatening some prominent federal employees
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In today's Federal Newscast, a West Virginia man is facing punishment, including up to 10 years in jail, for making multiple threats against federal officials.
May 25, 2022
New data shows federal workers with disabilities are having a tougher time getting management positions
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finds opportunities for federal workers with disabilities are improving, but more work can be done.
May 24, 2022
New data shows federal workers with disabilities are having a tougher time getting management positions
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finds opportunities for federal workers with disabilities are improving, but more work can be done.
May 24, 2022
New report says the Pentagon is not paying enough attention to its civilian workforce
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In today's Federal Newscast, an influential DoD advisory group says the Defense Department needs to pay a lot more management attention to its civilian workforce.
May 23, 2022
House Republicans look to get feds back to the office
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In today's Federal Newscast, some Republican lawmakers want to press pause on making remote work permanent.
May 20, 2022
National Guard members get the go ahead to unionize if and when they're called up by the governor
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In today's Federal Newscast, National Guard members on state duty can now unionize, thanks to a new Justice Department agreement.
May 19, 2022
Agencies may need to change to adapt to post-COVID workplaces
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In today's Federal Newscast, the director of the Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to look at the future of work.
May 18, 2022
An idea to change how cost of living adjustments are calculated for federal retirees is introduced in Congress
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In today's Federal Newscast, House lawmakers want to change how cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, are calculated for many federal retirees.
May 17, 2022
Postal Service agrees to provide more transparency during election season
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Postal Service settles another lawsuit stemming from the 2020 presidential election.
May 16, 2022
New numbers from the IRS' watchdog truly show less workers, means less tax dollars
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In today's Federal Newscast, the IRS saw the amount of money collected through enforcement mechanism drop significantly in fiscal 2020.
May 13, 2022
EEOC and federal employee union are locked in dispute over return to work plans
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In today's Federal Newscast, the American Federation of Government Employees has filed an unfair labor practice complaint, saying that EEOC did not finish union negotiations before announcing its re-entry plans.
May 12, 2022
Agencies get new workforce priorities to focus on for the next few years
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management released a new federal workforce plan.
May 11, 2022
Some members of the Interior Dept. will have an opportunity for remote work
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In today's Federal Newscast, some Interior Department employees will see their remote work options expand.
May 10, 2022
House of Representatives set to raise minimum salary for staffers
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In today's Federal Newscast, the House of Representatives is trying to recruit more diverse and high-quality candidates, and get them to stay there.
May 09, 2022
Two agencies are teaming up in the name of environmental justice
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency are teaming up to launch a new environmental justice strategy.
May 06, 2022
With the weakening dollar, the Pentagon may need to refill the coffers sooner than expected
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department says it may need more money in 2023 to offset inflation.
May 05, 2022
Pentagon enters what many hope will be the final round against cancer
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is working with other agencies to defeat cancer.
May 04, 2022
Pentagon feeling those high gas prices as well
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In today's Federal Newscast, rising oil prices tend to raise the cost of just about everything – including running a military.
May 03, 2022
Vets suing Army for not recognizing substance abuse disorders in discharges
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In today's Federal Newscast, veterans are suing the Army for refusing to give soldiers with alcohol and drug addictions honorable discharges.
May 02, 2022
Members of Congress hoping to secure higher pay raise for federal employees next year
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In today's Federal Newscast, Members of Congress are pushing for a higher pay raise than the White House asked for in 2023.
Apr 29, 2022
Homeland Security's bug bounty pilot went so well, the agency is looking to expand upon it
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In today's Federal Newscast, DHS is ready to expand its cyber bug bounty program after a successful pilot.
Apr 28, 2022
Biden administration trying to find happy medium when it comes to facial recognition
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In today's Federal Newscast, Can the government safely and equitably use facial recognition for identity proofing? That's the question the General Services Administration's Technology Transformation Service is asking.
Apr 27, 2022
OPM wants to help formerly incarcerated with finding work in the federal government
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management is giving formerly incarcerated individuals an opportunity to join the federal workforce.
Apr 26, 2022
Current and former members of the military can squeeze in on some military flights again
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command will allow those with special privileges to tag along on military flights if there is room.
Apr 25, 2022
EPA changing on-boarding process due to pandemic's effect on the workplace
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Environmental Protection Agency is revising its onboarding process to reflect the pandemic's effects on the workplace.
Apr 22, 2022
GAO: HHS needs to find ways to shield its scientists from political strong-arming
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new study from the Government Accountability Office finds the Health and Human Services Department needs to take steps to protect career scientists from political interference.
Apr 21, 2022
Members of Congress want State Dept. to go to bat for LGBTQ diplomats
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In today's Federal Newscast, top Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are calling on the State Department to expand opportunities for LGBTQ diplomats.
Apr 20, 2022
Federal employees can now send portion of their pay to help Ukrainian refugees
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management is giving all federal workers the option to contribute to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
Apr 19, 2022
Agencies and companies now have a how to guide on reporting cybersecurity incidents
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In today's Federal Newscast, there’s a new guide for how to report cyber incidents from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Apr 18, 2022
Federal agencies have their plans for increasing equity in government services
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In today's Federal Newscast, more than 90 federal agencies announce new plans to improve equity in government services.
Apr 15, 2022
Questions arise from Air Force's decision to move Space Force headquarters to Alabama
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In today's Federal Newscast, concerns about the movement of U.S. Space Command headquarters are mounting.
Apr 14, 2022
USCIS looks to streamline the process for those applying for DACA status
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In today's Federal Newscast, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services expands online filing to those with DACA status.
Apr 13, 2022
OPM hopes new hiring resource hub will make it easier to recruit cyber experts
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management wants to make it easier to recruit cyber experts for federal jobs.
Apr 12, 2022
Small Business Administration wants to show off new technologies made possible through its funding programs
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Small Business Administration is looking to showcase entrepreneurs developing technology in key industries in part through federal funding.
Apr 11, 2022
Federal employees will get the first crack at the State Department's online passport renewal process
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In today's Federal Newscast, the State Department invites federal employees to renew their passports online ahead of public launch.
Apr 08, 2022
Agency in charge of legislative workers hopes to keep things rolling
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In today's Federal Newscast, to continue enhancing worker protections in the legislative branch, the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights is requesting a flat budget for fiscal 2023.
Apr 07, 2022
Coast Guard may soon have the first woman in uniform to lead a military branch
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In today's Federal Newscast, President Joe Biden taps Admiral Linda Fagan as the next commandant of the Coast Guard.
Apr 06, 2022
Biden admin. worries effects from climate change will take a toll of federal budgets for years to come
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Biden administration expects climate change’s toll on the federal government will become more expensive over time.
Apr 05, 2022
Three members of U.S. Army are charged in alleged gun running scheme
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Justice Department has charged three Army servicemembers for allegedly having a key role in a criminal network that supplied guns to gang members in Chicago.
Apr 04, 2022
Biden admin. hoping to make government services more inclusive for transgender people
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In today's Federal Newscast, the White House wants to boost inclusion for transgender people in federal services.
Apr 01, 2022
Another court rules in favor of Navy sailors who do not want COVID-19 vaccine
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In today's Federal Newscast, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the Navy from enforcing its COVID vaccine mandate against nearly 4,000 sailors who’d filed religious exemptions.
Mar 31, 2022
SBA dropping thousands of temporary employees hired as part of COVID response
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The Small Business Administration is planning to shed the equivalent of more than 3,400 full-time employees as part of its budget request for fiscal 2023.
Mar 30, 2022
Senators want to eliminate any conflicts of interest with government contractors
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In today's Federal Newscast, a bi-partisan group of Senators are taking aim at organizational conflicts of interest among federal contractors.
Mar 29, 2022
With rising inflation, OPM to examine some employees current pay rate
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In today's Federal Newscast, some federal workers may be getting a pay raise due to rising levels of inflation.
Mar 28, 2022
Federal employees can now take paid leave to vote and work at the polls
451
Federal agency CIOs are finalizing plans to create and fund a zero-trust architecture. A former head of the TSA has died. And you can now sport ombre nails while in a Marine Corps uniform.
Mar 25, 2022
40 lawmakers call for 5% increase in defense budget
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Lawmakers call for a more money in the defense budget. An effort is underway to reform and modernize the State Department. And pregnant Marines get a break on clothing.
Mar 24, 2022
GSA tries to whip inflation now for contractors
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The General Services Administration attempts some creative inflation-slashing-tricks for contractors. Internet crime was a growth industry in 2021. And the number of federal contractors is shrinking.
Mar 23, 2022
Members of Congress want regular updates from the FAA on any issues that arise from 5G growth
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In today's Federal Newscast, House lawmakers are pressing the Federal Aviation Administration for more details on what it's doing to ensure the safety of the air transportation system as commercial companies roll out 5G wireless services.
Mar 22, 2022
Maryland legislators ask for an investigation into potential discrimination within its National Guard
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In today's Federal Newscast, lawmakers want the National Guard Inspector General to investigate bias in the Maryland National Guard.
Mar 21, 2022
OPM hopes to make it easier for women to join Senior Executive Service
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new program offers opportunities for more women to join the Senior Executive Service.
Mar 18, 2022
GAO: State Dept. didn't always communicate with other agencies about its evacuation plans during pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, the State Department didn’t communicate key elements of its global evacuation policy to the 26 agencies whose employees work in embassies and consulates overseas.
Mar 17, 2022
Biden admin. wants to get women closer in pay parity with men
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In today's Federal Newscast, two initiatives seek to prohibit use of a people's prior salaries when hiring them
Mar 16, 2022
Major DoD IT contract award unsurprisingly faces bid protest
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Defense is facing a protest of its $11 billion IT contract award.
Mar 15, 2022
USPS could face some difficulty in buying the gas-powered fleet it wants
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In today's Federal Newscast, House Democrats seek to block the Postal Service from buying mostly gas-powered vehicles as part of its next generation fleet.
Mar 14, 2022
Air Force looking to give more career flexibility to new parents
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In today's Federal Newscast, airmen who are in dual military relationships will now have more time to decide if they want to stay in the service after having a child.
Mar 11, 2022
Navy's vaccine mandate is front and center in court case today
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In today's Federal Newscast, a federal court in Florida will hear arguments today on a vaccine mandate case that the Navy says has effectively put one of its guided missile destroyers out of commission.
Mar 10, 2022
VA's biggest union already pushing back on agency's closure plans
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Veterans Affairs Department's largest employees union is raising hackles over a plan to trim back VA facilities.
Mar 09, 2022
USPS also finds itself in need of more truck drivers
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In today's Federal Newscast, a national shortage of truck drivers hits home for the Postal Service.
Mar 08, 2022
More coordination is needed for housing afghan refugees on military bases
439
In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense and State departments have been working together for months to evacuate and house Afghan refugees on U.S. military bases, but still don’t have any written agreements formalizing those arrangements.
Mar 07, 2022
Exposed to COVID-19 on the job? A new website lets you join class-action lawsuit for hazard pay
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal employees who were exposed to COVID-19 while working can now join a class-action lawsuit.
Mar 04, 2022
Senate passes resolution blocking Biden admin's vaccine mandate for health care workers
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Senate takes a shot at the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers.
Mar 03, 2022
Biden lays out how administration plans to go after COVID fraudsters
447
In today's Federal Newscast, President Biden says an executive order is in the works that will help agencies prevent and detect identity theft linked to COVID-19 relief programs.
Mar 02, 2022
New COVID guidance for federal agencies to match CDC recommendations
422
In today's Federal Newscast, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has new guidance for masking and COVID testing for federal agencies.
Mar 01, 2022
Certain agencies miss getting a clean audit bill of health for differing reasons
455
In today's Federal Newscast, the departments of Defense and Labor and the Small Business Administration stopped the federal government from fully understanding the state of their finances.
Feb 28, 2022
President Biden picks agency to lead federal efforts during Russia-Ukraine crisis
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In today's Federal Newscast, President Biden designated the Department of Homeland Security as the lead agency for the federal response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Feb 25, 2022
Members of Congress press AG Garland to get agencies to comply with FOIA laws
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In today's Federal Newscast, lawmakers are pressing Attorney General Merrick Garland to hold agencies accountable for following open records laws.
Feb 24, 2022
Members of Congress press AG Garland to get agencies to comply with FOIA laws
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In today's Federal Newscast, lawmakers are pressing Attorney General Merrick Garland to hold agencies accountable for following open records laws.
Feb 24, 2022
GOP Senator has idea to completely change the makeup of federal workforce
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In today's Federal Newscast, a Senate Republican seeks to shake up the federal workforce, as part of his vision for his party's agenda.
Feb 23, 2022
Unions want VA to educate employees on pandemic resources
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In today's Federal Newscast, five unions say VA should immediately develop a joint COVID-19 training task force to design education courses for employees.
Feb 22, 2022
House Dems think GSA should break lease with Trump Org. after accounting flaws revealed
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In today's Federal Newscast, top Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee are calling on the General Services Administration to terminate its lease for the Trump Hotel in downtown D.C.
Feb 18, 2022
House Dems think GSA should break lease with Trump Org. after accounting flaws revealed
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In today's Federal Newscast, top Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee are calling on the General Services Administration to terminate its lease for the Trump Hotel in downtown D.C.
Feb 18, 2022
CISA: Russian hackers have infiltrated defense contractors' unclassified networks
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal agencies say over the past two years, Russian state-sponsored hackers have systematically infiltrated the unclassified networks of cleared defense contractors.
Feb 17, 2022
Calling all zero trust experts, ICE is looking for your help
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In today's Federal Newscast, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it requires the expertise and analysis of industry-leading zero trust analysts, consultants and practitioners to meet the new White House requirements.
Feb 16, 2022
Lawmakers have questions for Energy Secretary about stocks she sold
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In today's Federal Newscast, House Republicans are pressing Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on how she is abiding by the STOCK Act.
Feb 15, 2022
Companies ask GSA to address inflation in government contracts
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Coalition for Government Procurement wrote a letter to the Federal Acquisition Service asking what GSA's plan are to address inflation under government contracts.
Feb 14, 2022
Senators looking to pass comprehensive cyber bill
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is set to consider a bill combining incident reporting requirements and updated federal cyber standards.
Feb 11, 2022
Defense Secretary Austin looks to Mike Bloomberg for advice on innovation
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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin turns to Billionaire Mike Bloomberg for advice on innovation at the Department of Defense. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill express concern over the mental health of American federal workers employed overseas. And login.gov is looking for a new director. Maybe it's you.
Feb 10, 2022
Senate bill calls for agencies to prepare for the worst
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In today's Federal Newscast, lawmakers OK a bill with new disaster planning requirements for federal agencies.
Feb 09, 2022
New IG report shows Air Force and the Army had issues rolling out the vaccine for troops overseas
456
In today's Federal Newscast, a report for the Defense Department Inspector General says providing shots on bases were particularly important since they were less available in civilian facilities overseas.
Feb 08, 2022
New group in Congress to look out for the nation's fighter pilots
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In today's Federal Newscast, a group of lawmakers are banding together to create a new caucus focused on the fighter pilot community.
Feb 07, 2022
A new idea in the House has immigration judges becoming their own entity
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In today's Federal Newscast, immigration judges would no longer be part of the Justice Department, if a bill introduced in the House passes.
Feb 04, 2022
Contractors have less than two months to create affirmative action programs
514
In today's Federal Newscast, most federal supply and service contractors and subcontractors have less than two months to certify that they are meeting their requirement to develop and maintain annual affirmative action programs.
Feb 03, 2022
White House appoints leader of its response to mysterious 'Havana Syndrome'
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Biden administration names a top official to lead an interagency response to Havana Syndrome.
Feb 02, 2022
Is the government classifying too much information?
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In today's Federal Newscast, the U.S. spy chief certainly seems to think so.
Feb 01, 2022
Army leaders will soon know more about discharging soldiers who are refusing to get vaccinated
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In today's Federal Newscast, thought the Army hasn’t involuntarily separated any soldiers for refusing COVID-19 vaccine, guidance on how the process will work is expected as soon as today.
Jan 31, 2022
White House has new guidance for agencies concerning vaccines while its mandates are in limbo
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force is telling agencies to start asking employees whether they’re up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
Jan 28, 2022
Navy is the latest branch to up its sign on bonuses for certain recruits
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In today's Federal Newscast, potential sailors have some new incentives to join the Navy.
Jan 27, 2022
One survey says customer experience with federal agencies is on the decline, while another says the opposite
513
In today's Federal Newscast, public satisfaction in federal customer experience reached an-time low last year, according to a scorecard that’s been tracking this for decades.
Jan 26, 2022
IG: GSA purchased products from North Korea during height of the pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration struggled to follow the Trade Agreements Act for some contracts that helped with the response to the pandemic.
Jan 25, 2022
Members of Congress want Pentagon to start covering birth control under TRICARE
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In today's Federal Newscast, lawmakers are trying to achieve cost parity under TRICARE to cover birth control.
Jan 24, 2022
A new mechanism to help agencies avoid buying counterfeit products
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In today's Federal Newscast, agencies will have a new weapon in the battle against counterfeit or fraudulent products.
Jan 21, 2022
HHS says it's ready to take over Operation Warp Speed, but GAO is not so sure
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says it’s unclear whether HHS is ready to lead some pandemic response efforts that used to be led by the Defense Department.
Jan 20, 2022
USPS has only made $35 in revenue from banking pilot
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In today's Federal Newscast, a Postal Service banking pilot isn’t drawing many customers.
Jan 19, 2022
Smithsonian and AFGE continue disagreement over COVID-19 safety protocols
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In today's Federal Newscast, the seeming disconnect between the Smithsonian and its largest employee union continued over the weekend.
Jan 18, 2022
GAO: Agencies had trouble dealing with major cyber incidents in 2020
417
In today's Federal Newscast, a Government Accountability Office report on the federal response to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange exploits, shows agencies have a lot of work to do.
Jan 14, 2022
Death benefits for federal employees killed on the job could see first increase in over 20 years
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In today's Federal Newscast, death benefits for federal employees killed on the job may increase soon.
Jan 13, 2022
NASA finds itself on the hunt for more astronauts
467
In today's Federal Newscast, NASA’s Office of Inspector General has identified a staffing shortage in the agency’s astronaut corps.
Jan 12, 2022
How is the Biden administration doing with filling out senior positions?
506
In today's Federal Newscast, President Biden has managed to get fewer of his nominees confirmed to federal agency leadership positions than two of his most recent predecessors, but it’s not for lack of trying.
Jan 11, 2022
GSA relinquishes control of the "dot-gov" domain to CISA
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration formally gives up its management of the Internet’s “dot-gov” top-level domain today.
Jan 10, 2022
New database aims to get a better understanding of suicide within law enforcement
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In today's Federal Newscast, the FBI is shining a brighter light on the mental health of law enforcement officers.
Jan 07, 2022
USPS asks for more time to implement vaccine mandate
484
In today's Federal Newscast, the Postal Service is asking for a temporary exemption from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-and-testing mandate for large employers.
Jan 06, 2022
Number of federal employees who teleworked regularly in 2020 went up, but not by as much as you might think
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In today's Federal Newscast, while COVID-19 drove a majority of federal workers out of the office in 2020, new data from the Office of Personnel Management shows the increase in teleworking wasn't as dramatic as expected.
Jan 05, 2022
Calls for U.S. Capitol Police IG to publish reports
502
In today's Federal Newscast, activist group asks the Senate Rules Committee and House Administration Committee to force the Capitol Police to publish inspector general reports online.
Jan 04, 2022
IG warns DOE about its lack of background checks at agency-run child care centers
480
In this episode of THE FEDERAL NEWSCAST: The First workday of 2022, brought feds in DC their first snow day of 2022. A local union president says just closing some museums is causing the spread of COVID-19. And the Air Force is expanding uniform options for pregnant airmen.
Jan 03, 2022
Sloppy expense-account reporting, leaves former government scientist owing thousands of dollars
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A former top government scientist is exposed for thousands of dollars in sloppy expense-account reporting. An $83 million contract might mean millions of COVID test kits in America's future. And online military exchanges are now available to a new crop of customers.
Dec 30, 2021
Postal Service leadership reminds employees to follow online rules
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The Pentagon is taking new precautions against Omicron. Postal Service leadership is advising employees to be careful about online activity. And the Federal Managers Association chimes in about the NDAA.
Dec 29, 2021
Next year's $770 billion defense authorization act, includes a raise
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The Defense Authorization Bill has been signed....we'll tell you about a few changes. Still on the Pentagon's Circumspect List: China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. And in COVID news, more sailors test positive, while 66 more marines are fired.
Dec 28, 2021
POTUS places order with radiation-hardened microelectronics companies
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Lawmakers call for a report on the effect of CMMC on small businesses. A company is now accountable for the mice, mold, and lead paint in military housing. And more medical military troops are on their way to help American hospitals battle COVID.
Dec 27, 2021
VA practitioners reporting higher levels of burnout due to pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, more employees at the Veterans Health Administration say they experienced burnout in 2021 compared to previous years.
Dec 23, 2021
New federal website going up for those looking for COVID-19 tests
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Biden administration will roll out a new federal website in response to the omicron variant.
Dec 22, 2021
IG: VA may have to use its data better to make sure resources are going to where they're needed
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In today's Federal Newscast, auditors for the Department of Veterans Affairs say the data Veterans Affairs is using to measure its capacity to provide specialty health care might not be accurate.
Dec 21, 2021
Servicemembers who lose their job during deployment get some more help in their corner
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In today's Federal Newscast, servicemembers facing job loss after returning from deployment will see a renewed focus from two of their most staunch defenders.
Dec 20, 2021
Senators want to know if federal contractors are actually complying E-Verify rule
548
In today's Federal Newscast, three senior Republican Senators are calling on the Government Accountability Office to look into whether federal contractors are using the e-verify tool for employees.
Dec 17, 2021
As NDAA is on its way to becoming law, here are some details on what's in it
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In today's Federal Newscast, the 2022 NDAA is on its way to becoming law, we've got some details on what it contains.
Dec 16, 2021
"Hack DHS" program to become permanent fixture at agency
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Homeland Security is making its bug bounty pilot a permanent program.
Dec 15, 2021
Most federal employees are now in the continuous evaluation system, but how do you gauge if its working or not?
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In today's Federal Newscast, continuous evaluation is a new reality for most security clearance holders, but an audit say agencies need some way to measure its success.
Dec 14, 2021
New Executive Order aims to improve agencies' customer service
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In today's Federal Newscast, President Joe Biden will sign an executive order aimed at saving Americans time and frustration when seeking a broad array of federal services.
Dec 13, 2021
Agencies get advice on securing their social media accounts
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has new guidance for how to secure agencies' Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts.
Dec 10, 2021
CISA on the hunt...this time for artists to decorate its new headquarters
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration is looking for artists to spruce up a new headquarters for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Dec 09, 2021
No more two-year probationary period for new Pentagon employees
464
In today's Federal Newscast, the two-year probationary is on its way out for civilian employees at the Defense Department.
Dec 08, 2021
USAID putting new money towards making sure developing countries have enough COVID-19 vaccines
425
In today's Federal Newscast, the U.S. Agency for International Development is ramping up efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines available worldwide.
Dec 07, 2021
IG: Pentagon may not really know how big a problem extremism in the military is
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In today's Federal Newscast, the military has some big blind spots when it comes to figuring out how big a problem it has with extremism in the ranks.
Dec 06, 2021
New contracting goals for small disadvantaged businesses
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In today's Federal Newscast, agencies have new contracting goals for awards to small disadvantaged businesses.
Dec 03, 2021
Pentagon looking into whether vendors are dropping out due to vaccine requirement
472
In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is starting to gather data on whether the vaccination mandate for federal contractors is chasing away potential vendors
Dec 02, 2021
Senator wants to know what agencies are doing to protect employees' cell phone
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In today's Federal Newscast, Sen. Wyden wants to know what a handful of agencies are doing to deploy countermeasures and protect employees and critical facilities.
Dec 01, 2021
IG: Water quality and mold may be issues when employees return to federal buildings
540
In today's Federal Newscast, you can add water issues at federal properties to the list of unforeseen consequences from the lockdown.
Nov 30, 2021
Federal government lacking expertise in AI and cybersecurity, GAO reports
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CISA is taking new steps to make your email even safer. The Defense Department is looking to expand private in-home childcare. And the Defense Intelligence Agency just inked a massive IT contract. Those stories and much more...
Nov 29, 2021
Pentagon creating new group to investigate UFO's
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is creating a new office that will look into Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
Nov 24, 2021
Deadline set for contractors to pay $15/hour wage
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Labor Department released the final rule yesterday to implement President Joe Biden's April executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contracts.
Nov 23, 2021
OPM: Use up that extra COVID leave while you can
430
In today's Federal Newscast, The Office of Personnel Management is reminding federal employees, they might have some extra annual leave due to expire soon.
Nov 22, 2021
White House and Congress both seem to agree lower ranking troops need more money, but how much?
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In today's Federal Newscast, he White House says it supports the idea of a “basic needs allowance” for low-income military members, but wants more time to decide how much.
Nov 19, 2021
Chief Data Officers Council gets suggestions on where it should go next
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In today's Federal Newscast, the CDO Council received nearly 60 sets of comments in response to a request for information it issued a month ago.
Nov 18, 2021
Pentagon inches closer to clean financial audit
433
In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Defense is still years away from being able to pass a financial audit. But this year’s results show some glimmers of progress.
Nov 17, 2021
Now that the infrastructure bill has passed, the Senate turns its attention to the NDAA
430
In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense authorization bill has been stalled amid infrastructure and reconciliation talks, but the must-pass legislation could see some movement soon.
Nov 16, 2021
One state's National Guard says it won't be complying with federal vaccine mandate
438
In today's Federal Newscast, the Oklahoma National Guard has decided to defy DoD’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Nov 15, 2021
VA researching possible link to veterans' rare cancers and exposure to toxins
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The DoD IG reports on a huge shortage of Military prosecutors trained to handle sexual assault cases. A federal district court denies a second group of federal employees a chance to quickly block the vaccine mandate. And the IRS is looking to audit more millionaires.
Nov 12, 2021
VA Secretary explains why agency will never be the same after COVID-19
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it's a different agency today because of the pandemic.
Nov 11, 2021
Could we soon see hybrid electric tanks? Pentagon says maybe
441
In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon is charging up a plan to electrify some of its vehicles.
Nov 10, 2021
Biden admin. looking to axe another policy from the previous one
459
In today's Federal Newscast, the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has proposed rescinding a Trump era rule.
Nov 09, 2021
Legal challenge to vaccine mandate fast-tracked in court
456
A federal appeals court is fast-tracking a legal challenge to the president's vaccine mandate for large, private employers. Hundreds of millions of dollars are headed toward IT modernization. The Secretary of State has named two top diplomats to lead efforts to deal with Havana Syndrome.
Nov 08, 2021
Senators hope to help Pentagon prepare for effects of climate change on bases
555
In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is increasingly concerned about sea-level rise and its effect on military bases.
Nov 05, 2021
Another Congressional push to get feds back in the office faster
485
In today's Federal Newscast, a group of Senate Republicans is joining in the calls for federal employees to return their offices.
Nov 04, 2021
State Dept. says it's back to sending passports out at pre-pandemic levels
466
In today's Federal Newscast, the State Department says it can now get passports out to customers in a matter of weeks.
Nov 03, 2021
GAO: Trump admin. order to reduce regulations didn't make much of a dent
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In today's Federal Newscast, former President Donald Trump’s executive order directing agencies to repeal two old regulations for every new one added didn’t make much of an impact on agency rulemaking.
Nov 02, 2021
GAO: Trump admin. order to reduce regulations didn't make much of a dent
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In today's Federal Newscast, former President Donald Trump’s executive order directing agencies to repeal two old regulations for every new one added didn’t make much of an impact on agency rulemaking.
Nov 02, 2021
Some more insight on how agencies will handle religious excepts to vaccine mandate
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Biden administration offered up a few more details on how it might handle employee requests for a religious exception to the vaccine mandate
Nov 01, 2021
Just how many vaccine exemptions has the military given out?
490
In today's Federal Newscast, we get a look at just how many COVID-19 vaccine exemptions the military is allowing.
Oct 29, 2021
GOP members of Congress have lingering questions about federal vaccine mandate
499
In today's Federal Newscast, top Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have more questions about the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for federal employees.
Oct 28, 2021
New features to help modernize the Thrift Savings Plan
508
In today's Federal Newscast, the TSP is rolling out some new services for participants next summer.
Oct 27, 2021
Customs and Border Protection punished dozens of employees for social media posts
552
In today's Federal Newscast, new documents from the House Oversight and Reform Committee show the extent of how CBP handled employee misconduct.
Oct 26, 2021
Federal contractors will need to decide which of their employees are exempt from vaccine mandate
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Biden administration says federal contractors should decide how they'll grant accommodations to their own employees.
Oct 25, 2021
Pentagon trying to stay ahead of issues from climate change
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is continuing to prepare for climate change related problems.
Oct 22, 2021
Civilian defense employees find out just what will happen if they refuse the COVID-19 vaccine
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In today's Federal Newscast, The Pentagon is spelling out what will happen to civilian employees who do not want to get vaccinated.
Oct 21, 2021
Congressman worried TSA may lose workers because of vaccine mandate
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In today's Federal Newscast, one House Republican is worried the Transportation Security Administration will lose a good portion of its workforce over the Biden administration's vaccine mandate.
Oct 20, 2021
While the Pentagon is doing more business with small companies, the list of candidates is shrinking
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department has spent more of its contracting budget on small businesses in recent years, but those dollars are going to a shrinking pool of companies.
Oct 19, 2021
Ongoing feud between SSA OIG and FLEOA continues
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In today's Federal Newscast, the spat between the Social Security Administration's inspector general office and a federal employee group continues.
Oct 18, 2021
Navy lays out what will happen to sailor who refuse vaccination
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Navy has laid out detailed processes for sailors who refuse COVID-19 vaccines.
Oct 15, 2021
Airmen running out of time to get vaccinated before facing consequences
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Air Force mandated that all airmen need to be fully inoculated against coronavirus by November 2.
Oct 14, 2021
Senator looking into potential pay abuse at ATF
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is looking into pay abuse at the law enforcement agency.
Oct 13, 2021
A new law designed to help schools battle cybersecurity risks
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A new law aims to shed light on the cybersecurity risks faced by American schools. Fewer postal workers recommend taking a job with the agency. And the Veterans Affairs Department found more than $100 million in savings by getting rid of old technologies.
Oct 12, 2021
Delta variant has forced some agencies to adjust return-to-work plans
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In today's Federal Newscast, the delta variant of COVID-19 is pushing back return-to-work timelines for some federal employees.
Oct 11, 2021
Biden admin. on the hunt for a new Chief Statistician
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Management and Budget seeks a Chief Statistician to the Biden administration’s data priorities forward.
Oct 08, 2021
DOJ's new initiative aims to hold federal contractors accountable for their cybersecurity efforts
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Justice Department is bringing the power of the False Claims Act to the growing challenge of cybersecurity.
Oct 07, 2021
One of the nation's top public health officials is calling it a career
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In today's Federal Newscast, Dr. Francis Collins says he'll leave his post as director of the National Institutes of Health by the end of the year.
Oct 06, 2021
Pentagon civilian employees get their deadline to receive COVID-19 vaccine
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Defense put out a timeline for when civilians must get their first and second shots based on the type of vaccine in order to be in compliance.
Oct 05, 2021
Vaccine guidance for contractors leaves many open questions
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council has issued regulatory guidance on implementation of the vaccine mandate for federal contractors.
Oct 04, 2021
Increase in military suicide rates continues troubling trend
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is seeing troubling new figures in military suicide rates.
Oct 01, 2021
Agencies looking for industry ideas on tracking vaccinations among their employees
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal agencies are looking for private sector ideas on collecting vaccine information for their employees.
Sep 30, 2021
Secret Service agents are getting tapped out by the workload
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In today's Federal Newscast, a review by the National Academy of Public Administration says Secret Service employees are doing more than ever with less.
Sep 29, 2021
New evidence shows extent of 'Mar-a-Lago Trio' involvement with VA modernization efforts
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In today's Federal Newscast, House Democrats have new documents that show the extent to which three associates of former President Trump developed their own agenda to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sep 28, 2021
Veterans Affairs gearing up to offer COVID-19 booster shots to vets and employees
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it's ready to offer COVID-19 booster shots to veterans and employees who have received their first vaccine doses six months ago or longer.
Sep 27, 2021
Border Patrol union looking to challenge the president's vaccine mandate may have hit a dead end
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In today's Federal Newscast, the National Border Patrol Council continues to search for a legal avenue to challenge the president's vaccine mandate for federal employees.
Sep 24, 2021
A delayed budget could hamstring the Space Force
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In today's Federal Newscast, the possibility of a delayed budget might slow down the Space Force.
Sep 23, 2021
House Republicans say it's time federal agencies fully open their doors to the public
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In today's Federal Newscast, ten House Republicans want to know why more federal employees aren't working in person.
Sep 22, 2021
U.S. troops may have left Afghanistan, but federal contracting goes on
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal contracting continues in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon takes steps to ensure security of those performing it.
Sep 21, 2021
Military COVID deaths rise sharply among the unvaccinated
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Hitting hard at the unvaccinated, military COVID deaths nearly double since mid-July. Customs and Border Protection opens a first-of-its-kind facility for checking air shipments. And new Interior Department leadership means the Bureau of Land Management headquarters will return to D.C.
Sep 20, 2021
Federal Service Impasses Panel back in action
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Federal Service Impasses Panel is back to work with all new members.
Sep 17, 2021
Defense Department looks to buy more monoclonal antibodies
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In today's Federal Newscast, a major contract from the Pentagon to purchase more doses of one of the only proven treatments of COVID-19.
Sep 16, 2021
Senators reintroduce bill to end government shutdowns, to bring awareness to the one potentially on the way
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In today's Federal Newscast, two Senators say they're reintroducing their bill now to bring attention to the upcoming fiscal year deadline.
Sep 15, 2021
Former Walter Reed Department Head Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
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A contractor and Walter Reed employee plead guilty to corruption. The Defense Department doubles-down on it skepticism of Chinese-made drones. And the nation’s top spy office is setting up a new organization to counter disinformation campaigns.
Sep 14, 2021
Military has deadliest stretch of COVID-19 in August
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In today's Federal Newscast, nearly a dozen military service members dies of COVID-19 in August.
Sep 13, 2021
TSA increasing fines for those who violate federal mask mandate in airports
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Transportation Security Administration is increasing fines for individuals who don’t follow a federal mask mandate at airports and on commercial flights.
Sep 10, 2021
IRS issues warning about its lack of funding for IT systems
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In today's Federal Newscast, the IRS warns its IT systems are severely underfunded, and must take extraordinary measures to keep it running.
Sep 09, 2021
Defense Department seeking public input for renaming bases with that honor Confederate leaders
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is changing the names of some of its most high profile bases and it wants the public’s help.
Sep 08, 2021
Pentagon looks to address supply chain issues exposed by pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon is launching a two-year effort to fix supply chain problems.
Sep 07, 2021
Federal managers worried about implementing White House's vaccine and testing policies
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal managers say they need more guidance from the Biden administration about the new vaccine and testing policy for employees.
Sep 03, 2021
Should political appointees have access to a car service all day?
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In today's Federal Newscast, one agency is testing the idea of not having cars at their executives' beckon call.
Sep 02, 2021
Some federal employees still stuck in Afghanistan
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In today's Federal Newscast, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan leaves some federal employees behind.
Sep 01, 2021
Many federal agencies pitching in for Hurricane Ida response
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In today's Federal Newscast, agencies are pulling out all the stops in the response to Hurricane Ida.
Aug 31, 2021
FEMA deploying over 2,000 employees as Ida carves destructive path
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In today's Federal Newscast, more than 2,400 FEMA employees are in place to help out citizens in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and other states that are in the path of Hurricane Ida.
Aug 30, 2021
IG: GSA did not always take steps to limit COVID-19 exposure in federal buildings
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration didn’t always take appropriate steps to limit exposure to COVID-19 in federal buildings, according to its inspector general.
Aug 27, 2021
USDA looking to stop the next pandemic before it begins
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The Agriculture Department is investing $300 million to build an early warning system against the next pandemic.
Aug 26, 2021
With Afghan government falling, the Pentagon now trying to decide what to do with the money it was going to give it
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon is determining what it should do with billions intended for the Afghan armed forces.
Aug 25, 2021
USPS sees steep decline in revenue due to lack of passport applications during pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Postal Service saw a more than 30% decrease in passport applications last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug 24, 2021
New report suggests cutting down number of appointees who need Senate confirmation
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Senate has more political appointees than ever to confirm, and the process itself is taking longer.
Aug 23, 2021
USCIS looking to hire thousands to help speed up asylum process
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Biden administration wants to hire potentially thousands of new federal employees to overhaul the asylum process for immigrants arriving at the border.
Aug 20, 2021
Some military installations are reinstituting COVID-19 travel restrictions
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In today's Federal Newscast, military bases are beginning to restrict travel again as coronavirus rates are on the rise.
Aug 19, 2021
IG report shows federal agencies have been failing in Afghanistan for years
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In today's Federal Newscast, during its 20 years in Afghanistan, no specific agency had the mindset, expertise or resources to develop the country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
Aug 18, 2021
Senator wants agencies to take bigger role in going after fake vaccine cards
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on federal agencies to crack down on fake vaccine cards.
Aug 17, 2021
House staffers could now make more than the representatives they work for
415
In today's Federal Newscast, new salary caps mean House staffers can now make up to nearly $200,000 a year.
Aug 16, 2021
Federal employees union give their take on the president's new vaccine guidance
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal employee unions are responding to President Biden's new vaccine guidance.
Aug 13, 2021
Employee organization has some suggestions on how to achieve equal pay
542
In today's Federal Newscast, new recommendations to the Office of Personnel Management from a federal employee-run organization are trying to close the pay gaps between men and women and among racial groups.
Aug 12, 2021
Bipartisan infrastructure bill includes funds to help federal cyber efforts
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In today's Federal Newscast, the $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate gives the National Cyber Director money to get started, and a rainy-day fund for cyber incidents.
Aug 11, 2021
Congressman looks to punish those responsible for mysterious Havana Syndrome
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In today's Federal Newscast, a bill from the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s top Republican looks to punish anyone found responsible for an illness called Havana Syndrome.
Aug 10, 2021
Congressman looks to punish those responsible for mysterious Havana Syndrome
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In today's Federal Newscast, a bill from the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s top Republican looks to punish anyone found responsible for an illness called Havana Syndrome.
Aug 10, 2021
Members of Congress want more transparency on troop movements
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In today's Federal Newscast, some members of Congress want a deeper look into how the Defense Department is allocating its troops.
Aug 09, 2021
NSA wants you to be careful where you log in to telework
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In today's Federal Newscast, in a new advisory, the NSA laid out best practices for securing wireless devices in public settings.
Aug 06, 2021
Navy's top doctor says it may be time to require COVID-19 vaccine for servicemembers
516
In today's Federal Newscast, the Navy surgeon general says he favor a vaccine mandate for military members.
Aug 05, 2021
Congressional inaction on debt ceiling causes Treasury to take action with Thrift Savings Plan
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Treasury Department is temporarily suspending investments in the Thrift Savings Plan's G-fund to prevent the government from defaulting on debt.
Aug 04, 2021
Looks like the Pentagon may have itself to blame for its cyber recruiting troubles
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department Inspector General says the Pentagon’s bureaucracy is getting in the way of hiring the cyber employees the military needs.
Aug 03, 2021
NASA gets the ok to continue contract related to sending humans back to the moon
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In today's Federal Newscast, NASA is able to move forward with a contract award involved with its plans for sending people back to the moon.
Aug 02, 2021
In rare move, members of Congress want White House to request more money for one particular agency
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In today's Federal Newscast, two Senators are asking the White House to make a larger budget request for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Jul 30, 2021
GAO: CARES Act provision keeping contractors afloat during pandemic showed great success
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In today's Federal Newscast, the provision in the CARES Act that lets agencies reimburse contractors who can't work because of the pandemic was an overwhelming success.
Jul 29, 2021
Proposed vaccine mandate for federal employees could face some legal hurdles
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In today's Federal Newscast, the federal employee vaccination mandate expected from the White House may not go down easy.
Jul 28, 2021
GAO: Agencies could've been more transparent pandemic response OTA's
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In today's Federal Newscast, agencies spent billions on urgent COVID-related contracts, but they neglected to report some important award information.
Jul 27, 2021
Senators looking to mandate whistleblower training for all VA employees
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In today's Federal Newscast, a bipartisan pair of senators want to write whistleblower training for employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs into law.
Jul 26, 2021
Labor Dept. offering sessions for federal contractor minimum wage increase
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Labor will offer virtual seminars throughout August to prepare for federal contract minimum wage increases.
Jul 23, 2021
DOD looking into what happens if the most important briefcase in the world goes missing
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department Inspector General is undergoing an evaluation to find out how the Pentagon would respond if the "nuclear football" was stolen, lost or compromised.
Jul 22, 2021
Agencies are told to consider environmental justice in policy decisions
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In today's Federal Newscast, The White House issued interim guidance yesterday directing agencies to develop plans for meeting the Biden administration’s Justice40 initiative.
Jul 21, 2021
Agencies could have some extra cyber defenses by the end of the year
519
In today's Federal Newscast, the federal government could have multifactor authentication and encryption technologies fully deployed across its networks within six months.
Jul 20, 2021
House Democrats lay out plans for Social Security after Covid
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In today's Federal Newscast, House Democrats have an idea of what the Social Security Administration should look like whenever the pandemic ends.
Jul 19, 2021
Biden administration launches new website to combat ransomware
506
In today's Federal Newscast: This summer's Post Office rate increases are expected to decrease business and make more money. The U.S. Fleet Forces Command has a new leader. And the latest weapon to fight hackers? A new website.
Jul 16, 2021
Whistleblower allegations cause Biden Nominee at Pentagon to withdraw
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In today's Federal Newscast: A POTUS Pentagon pick pulls out, under a cloud, the Government Publishing Office announces a very generous telework policy, and the latest Postal Service budget, might not be enough.
Jul 15, 2021
Crackdown in the works against acquisition fraud and misconduct
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In today's Federal Newscast: Air Force contracting officials and law enforcement have agreed to crackdown on acquisition fraud. The State Department is under fire for its backlog of passport applications. And a bill in Congress wants to prevent agencies from warrantless high-tech tracking.
Jul 14, 2021
Senate confirms permanent director for CISA
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- Senate confirmation brings CISA a new full-time, permanent leader. - The booming national housing market takes a toll on military families. - Federal firefighters are one step closer to a major pay raise.
Jul 13, 2021
The death of the JEDI Cloud will lead to new life in October
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One of the biggest and most bipartisan bills is ready for mark-up in the Senate. The JEDI Cloud contract's death leads to life...elsewhere. And as the Intelligence Community continues working toward diversity, we have a status report.
Jul 12, 2021
Whistleblower claim leads to more efficient contracting practices at HHS
552
In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Health and Human Services will strengthen internal controls when using Other Transaction Authorities, for procurements outside of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Jul 09, 2021
DoD sets deadline for other providers to get in on new cloud project
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon is giving other cloud service providers to participate in new contract after it cancelled the JEDI Cloud project.
Jul 08, 2021
Federal cyber leaders to meet with President today to talk ransomware
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In today's Federal Newscast, the leaders of key agencies will meet today to discuss the government’s ransomware strategy.
Jul 07, 2021
DHS and VA joining forces to locate deported veterans
459
In today's Federal Newscast, the Departments of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs say they'll work together to identify deported veterans and give them the VA benefits they're entitled to.
Jul 06, 2021
NSA warning agencies and organizations about new kind of Russian cyber attack
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In today's Federal Newscast, the National Security Agency is urging government contractors and other organizations to watch out for a new Russian cyber attack.
Jul 02, 2021
U.S. citizens can now self-select their gender on their passports
636
- State Department makes a big policy change to passports. - All federal fighters will likely make no less than $15 dollars an hour. - And the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is on the chopping block...again.
Jul 01, 2021
House passes bill to give IG's more job security
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In today's Federal Newscast, the House passes a comprehensive bill to strengthen the role of agency inspectors general.
Jun 30, 2021
Pentagon testing out covering in-home child care for servicemembers
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department will begin covering in-home child care costs for some military families under a new pilot program.
Jun 29, 2021
White House issues new marching orders improve agencies' diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
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In today's Federal Newscast, agencies have new direction from the Biden administration to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility within the federal workforce.
Jun 28, 2021
Senate skips town for two weeks before confirming new CISA director
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- The POTUS pick to lead CISA is hacked by a political maneuver. - OPM has its first permanent leader in a year. - The debate over expanding paid family leave for federal employees turns ugly.
Jun 25, 2021
GAO: Cost of cleaning up PFAS chemicals is only going to increase
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office estimates how much it's going to cost for the Defense Department to continue investigating and cleaning up the so called "forever chemicals."
Jun 24, 2021
CISA: No organization in the public or private sector could've prevented SolarWinds breach
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In today's Federal Newscast, when it came to the SolarWinds cyber attack, the private sector was in no better shape than the government to stop or block the attack.
Jun 23, 2021
Pentagon easing more COVID-19 restrictions within the building
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In today's Federal Newscast, beginning June 23rd, those working in the Pentagon will begin to see some new coronavirus restrictions lifted.
Jun 22, 2021
VA to start providing gender confirmation surgeries for its patients
441
In today's Federal Newscast, Veterans Affairs plans to add gender confirmation surgery to the list of benefits it offers to vets in its health care system.
Jun 21, 2021
One Senator puts hold on new CISA director
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is placing a hold on confirming Jen Easterly as the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Jun 18, 2021
House Republicans want to know why certain White House appointees got an ethics pass
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In today's Federal Newscast, top House Republicans want to know why the administration granted ethics waivers to two political appointees at the Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget.
Jun 17, 2021
House Republicans want to know why certain White House appointees got an ethics pass
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