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*** Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged employees to take special care when teleworking. Speaking to employees at a March 24 town hall meeting, Esper said that as the Pentagon tries to maximize telework, managers are going to have to stagger schedules to reduce strain on DOD networks and individuals need to monitor their cyber hygiene closely.

"If you're teleworking, if you're doing anything that involves the networks, IT, be very, very careful of IT vulnerabilities," Esper said. "We're a little bit more exposed when we're doing telework, using a lot more bandwidth, there's more open ports, et cetera.

*** Acting Director Michael Rigas announced that the Office of Personnel Management would not conduct agency human capital reviews for fiscal year 2020, citing concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

*** The Federal Communications Commission's next open meeting, set for March 31, will be conducted in an electronic format because of agency telework and open to the public via a feed on the agency's website.

Posted on Mar 25, 2020 at 2:27 AM


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