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GSA Increases Per Diem Travel Rates for 2018

GSA Increases Per Diem Travel Rates for 2018

Traveling for work soon? Thanks to rising travel costs, the General Services Administration added $2 to the per diem rate for lodging in 2018.

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EPA’s Office of Inspector General Criticizes Own Buyouts

EPA’s Office of Inspector General Criticizes Own Buyouts

The EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a report regarding its offers of buyouts and early retirement packages to agency employees.

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Agencies Escape Sequestration this Year

Agencies Escape Sequestration this Year

Agencies can breathe a sigh of relief after the Congressional Budget Office confirmed its earlier findings that that discretionary spending will not force agencies to face sequestration in the final six weeks of the fiscal year.

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The Small Town Betting Big on the Solar Eclipse

The Small Town Betting Big on the Solar Eclipse

While almost everyone in America will be able to see a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, this small Nebraska town sits directly in the path of totality.

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Sixth Circuit Rules that Feds Can't Collect Twice

Sixth Circuit Rules that Feds Can't Collect Twice

On July 10, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that because liability under the workers’ compensation scheme for federal employees, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (“FECA”) is “exclusive” of “all other liability of the United States” to the employee under tort liability statutes, the plaintiff could not recover under the Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”) even when his “work-related injury [had] been allegedly negligently treated by an entirely non-work-related federal hospital.

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Federal Circuit: Employees Under Investigation Can Still Be Comparator Employees

Federal Circuit: Employees Under Investigation Can Still Be Comparator Employees

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned an arbitrator’s decision sustaining the employee’s removal for violating the agency’s time and attendance policies after finding that the arbitrator erred by imposing a “categorical rule of exclusion” against using employees who are similarly situated and under investigation as comparators when arguing that a penalty is not reasonable.

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Former DOD Undersecretary Criticizes Pentagon Reorganization Proposal

Former DOD Undersecretary Criticizes Pentagon Reorganization Proposal

In an interview Sunday with WJLA’s Government Matters TV show in Washington, D.C., Frank Kendall, who served until this January as the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the Department of Defense, said the Pentagon’s newly-released reorganization plans are “not a step forward.”

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DHS Latest Agency to Lose CIO

DHS Latest Agency to Lose CIO

Last Thursday, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Richard Starapoli, resigned unexpectedly, according to an announcement made by Stephen Rice, DHS’ deputy CIO, at a meeting of the agency’s CIO Council.

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NIST Unveils Major Overhaul of Global Password Security Standards

NIST Unveils Major Overhaul of Global Password Security Standards

In an interview published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Bill Burr, the 72-year-old retired former manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) discussed the document he created that ultimately served as the standard by which most major enterprises set their password protocols. 

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Combined Federal Campaign Open Season Pushed Back, Major Changes Introduced

Combined Federal Campaign Open Season Pushed Back, Major Changes Introduced

Late last week, the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance regarding the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for 2017. 

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How the US Government Will Survive Doomsday

How the US Government Will Survive Doomsday

An entertaining and educational look into the contingency plans American leaders have put in place for an apocalyptic “doomsday” scenario.

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EPA Begins Implementing Downsizing Efforts

EPA Begins Implementing Downsizing Efforts

Under a proposal unveiled recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would cut eight percent of its workforce over the next month.

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GAO Report Urges Improved DOD Security Measures for Internet of Things Devices

GAO Report Urges Improved DOD Security Measures for Internet of Things Devices

A July 27th report released by the Government Accountability Office entitled Internet of Things: Enhanced Assessments and Guidance Are Needed to Address Security Risks in DOD found that, “Although DOD has begun to examine security risks of IoT devices through its infrastructure-related and intelligence assessments, the department has not conducted required assessments related to the security of its operations.

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Four Brokers Charged with Defrauding Federal Employees

Four Brokers Charged with Defrauding Federal Employees

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged four brokers from a firm in Alpharetta, Georgia with fraud, alleging the men fooled senior federal employees into moving large amounts of money from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) into investments with hefty fees.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Lead? Find out with OPM's Tool

Do You Have What it Takes to Lead? Find out with OPM's Tool

The Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) has unveiled a new set of guidelines by which members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) can track their personal career development.

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How Did Puerto Rico Go Bankrupt?

How Did Puerto Rico Go Bankrupt?

A quick overview of how the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history – filed in early May – came to be.

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Arlington National Cemetery Needs Your Help!

Arlington National Cemetery Needs Your Help!

Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) is at another crossroads in its history and needs your help.

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Treasury CIO Reassignment Raises Red Flags

Treasury CIO Reassignment Raises Red Flags

With the decision this week to reassign Sonny Bhagowalia, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Department of Treasury, to a detail on the Bureau of Fiscal Service, a Federal News Radio piece by Jason Miller raises the question of whether this decision might be the first in a series of cascading dominoes.

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Legislation Would Make All Federal Employees 'At-Will' Hires

Legislation Would Make All Federal Employees 'At-Will' Hires

A bill introduced by Representative Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) seeks to take an unusually forward approach to federal workforce matters, aiming to classify all new federal hires as “at-will” employees.

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Interior Department Shake-up Raises Questions About Retaliation

Interior Department Shake-up Raises Questions About Retaliation

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced her intention to pursue an investigation into the reassignment of the director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the Department of the Interior.

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A National Dialogue with Arlington National Cemetery

In about twenty-five years, Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) will run out of space as an active cemetery to honor our Nation's veterans.

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One Month into the New Administration

Policy changes and refocused initiatives are developing just one month into President Trump’s administration.

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