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FCW Insider: July 27, 2021

VA mandates vaccines for clinical staff

Agency chief Denis McDonough cited the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as part of the reason behind the new vaccination policy.

Why VA's electronic health record mega-project is failing

The agency's former top technology official explains how management problems, reliance on outmoded development methodology and lack of customer buy-in are combining to sink (for now) a critical modernization project at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hyten: Combat cloud needed to bolster collaboration with allies, partners

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said building a combat cloud with correctly tagged data would allow service members, allies and partners alike to login from anywhere with their credentials and biometrics so the U.S. can take full advantage of the capabilities they have to offer.

New OPM guidance addresses locality pay and travel costs for remote workers

A new document addresses a range of considerations for workforce planning in the context of current regulations and the state of play of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What ever happened to innovation in government?

Steve Kelman wonders whether the federal IT community has lost its focus on truly transforming the way government functions.

Quick Hits

*** At her daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that there was still no news on filling the top job at the Office of Management and Budget. Currently, Shalanda Young, who was confirmed by the Senate to serve as deputy director for budget, is heading the agency.

*** Last week the Department of Labor released proposed regulations on the implementation of the Biden administration executive order mandating a $15-per-hour minimum wage for federal contractors.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jul 27, 2021 at 2:01 AM


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