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FCW Insider: March 9

The Office of Personnel Management issued a memo on Saturday updating Coronavirus guidance for federal agencies. Adam Mazmanian digs into the update, which covers telework, sick leave, office protections and hazardous duty pay, among other things.

The American Federation of Government Employees, meanwhile, is asking OPM to extend telework to any federal employee capable of working remotely. Adam has more on the request.

A Court of Federal Claims ruling unsealed last Friday grants Amazon Web Services a preliminary injunction to stop the Department of Defense from task orders on the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative contract. Adam has the details.

DOD's Joint All Domain Command and Control effort aims to connect every soldier, device and weapons platform. But as Lauren C. Williams reports, data infrastructure and messaging will make or break the program.

Multiple current and former members of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General are accused of hatching a plot to steal government software and databases to underpin a new system they planned to sell back to the government. Derek B. Johnson reports.

An update on an IRS acquisition pilot offers insight into lessons learned and previews the agency's future IT acquisition projects. Derek has the details.

Quick Hits

*** Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the ranking member on the Government Operations subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, is leaving Congress to become chief of staff to President Donald Trump. Meadows replaces Mick Mulvaney, who left the top job at the Office of Management and Budget to serve as White House chief of staff on an acting basis. Mulvaney has accepted a diplomatic role in Northern Ireland.

Meadows was active in oversight of key government IT efforts, including FITARA and data center consolidation.

*** Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said at a hearing last week that just under half of Bureau of Land Management employees accepted assignments to relocate when the bureau moved its headquarters to Grand Junction, Colo., earlier this year.

"Roughly 173 [workers received relocation orders] and 80 accepted," Bernhardt told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. He said that others found new jobs or opted to retire.

Posted by FCW Staff on Mar 09, 2020 at 2:39 AM


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