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FCW Insider: Jan. 26

OMB lays out new COVID health and safety guidelines for feds

New safety protocols have the potential to remake physical workspaces to promote distancing during the pandemic.

National Archives will host cancelled Trump tweets

Twitter cancelled @realdonaldtrump, but the National Archives will bring presidential tweets back via the Trump library website.

Biden names senior OPM officials

The appointments come on the heels of executive orders in Biden's first days in office that started the rollback of much of the Trump administration's workforce policy.

House Dems call on AG nominee to protect immigration judges' union

The chairs of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Subcommittee on Government Operations are asking Merrick Garland to protect immigration judges ability to unionize, which was invalidated by a labor authority last year.

Comment: Promoting an innovative workforce through DevSecOps

DevSecOps has the power to set a new standard for the way the DOD -- and the rest of the federal government -- executes work.

Quick Hits

*** House Democrats reached a deal on Monday to give the Homeland Security Committee the role of coordinator in developing authorization legislation for Department of Homeland Security component authorizing legislation. The memorandum of understanding doesn't give the Homeland Security Committee new authority, but it does establish an arrangement by which the panel will be able to work with the multiple committees of the House – Transportation, Judiciary, Oversight, Intelligence and others – that have longstanding jurisdiction over DHS components and functions dating back to before the creation of DHS.

"While I regret that the Homeland Security Committee's jurisdiction was not expanded, the committees with jurisdiction over parts of DHS are poised to collaborate to an unprecedented degree to put the Department on a positive path," Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee chairman, said in a statement.

*** The General Services Administration named two officials on Monday to lead the implementation of executive orders on pandemic response at the agency. The move at GSA is important because of its role in managing the workplaces of federal facilities across the government. Zoe Garmendia will serve as the senior advisor to the administrator on COVID and Josh Sawislak, a GSA veteran, will be senior advisor to the administrator for putting executive actions into effect.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 26, 2021 at 2:39 AM


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