FCW Insider: November 10, 2021

The latest news and analysis from FCW's reporters and editors.

Union complains of 'double standard' for fed and contractor vaccine mandates

The American Federation of Government employees is asking policymakers to put federal employees and contractors on the same clock when it comes to COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Funding challenges hamper cyber EO compliance, CIOs say

A group of agency CIOs shared their biggest obstacles in meeting a series of aggressive deadlines and modernization goals of the Biden administration's sweeping cybersecurity executive order.

SSA plans to bring workers back to the office

Field office and teleservice employees at the Social Security Administration will still have some ability to telework even after the agency implements a "reentry process" for managers and staff.

Nominations for the 2022 Fed 100 are now being accepted

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 24.

Quick Hits

*** A federal judge on Monday declined to block the COVID-19 vaccination mandate covering federal employees and contractors. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that that conditions weren't in place to merit an injunction.

*** A report from Special Counsel Henry Kerner found that least 13 senior Trump administration officials violated the Hatch Act in the run-up to the 2020 election. The cases detailed in the report "demonstrate both a willingness by some in the Trump administration to leverage the power of the executive branch to promote President Trump's reelection and the limits of OSC's enforcement power under the existing statutory scheme to prevent them from doing so."

*** The U.S. Agency for International Development is setting up a new contract to help it prepare for the impact of climate change on its operations. In a new request for information, USAID explains its views on how climate change will change the way it operates around the world. Washington Technology has more on this story.

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