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  • Workforce
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    With furloughs looming, union pleads for deal on USCIS funding

    The immigration agency is seeking $1.2 billion to keep employees working through an anticipated financial shortfall it links to the pandemic. 07/29/2020

  • Acquisition
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    DHS seeks permanent flexible acquisition authorities

    Temporary acquisition authorities that aid the Department of Homeland Security in getting innovative commercial technologies and goods in response to the COVID-19 crisis should be lasting tools in the department's acquisition toolbox, the agency's top acquisition official told a Senate panel. 07/29/2020

  • Workforce
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    Senior execs group pushes OPM re-org

    As part of a plan to revitalize federal employment, the Senior Executives Association is looking to take the government's top human resources official out of the political fray with a 5- to 8-year appointment. 07/28/2020

  • Acquisition

    CBP lands TMF award to modernize legacy system

    Customs and Border Protection won a $15M award to update a COBOL-based fee collection system and move it to the cloud. 07/28/2020

  • Workforce
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    Mixed success for House Democrats looking to parry Trump's workforce initiatives

    The proposed elimination of the Office of Personnel Management as an independent agency appears to be on hold indefinitely, but executive orders and agency relocations have altered the federal workforce landscape. 07/27/2020

  • Workforce
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    USCIS postpones planned furloughs

    A top appropriator vows to address potential future furloughs in next COVID-related legislative package. 07/24/2020

  • IT Modernization
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    Oversight Dems push for $1B boost to TMF

    The lawmakers want the next COVID-19 relief package to include a boost for the central Technology Modernization Fund to support the upgrade of legacy systems. 07/24/2020

  • Congress
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    Senate passes 2021 NDAA with veto-proof majority

    The Senate passed its version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act and the bill now heads to conference. 07/24/2020

  • Cybersecurity
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    SBA defends data exposure response

    The notification of companies whose data had been exposed by the Small Business Administration's effort to set up advanced electronic emergency loan portals was slowed by a contracting issue, the agency's deputy CIO told Congress. 07/23/2020

  • Workforce
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    OPM stonewalls probe of hiring practices, watchdog says

    The Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management says the agency is not cooperating with a look at potential civil service law violations. 07/23/2020

  • Congress
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    Bill to modernize Plum Book clears Senate committee

    The measure looks to require more frequent updates of the directory of political appointees. 07/22/2020

  • Workforce
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    House-passed NDAA expands paid leave benefit to excluded feds

    Title 38 employees, such as workers at the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Federal Aviation Administration were not included in the bill that established the benefit. 07/22/2020

  • Workforce
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    Lawmakers ask DHS leaders to postpone USCIS furloughs

    The immigration agency is now set to end FY2020 with surplus, and two Senate appropriators are asking for a pause on furloughs while Congress negotiates supplemental funding to offset 2021 shortfalls. 07/21/2020

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    House passes NDAA with TikTok ban

    The House of Representatives passed a defense bill for 2021 that authorizes $731.6 billion in defense spending, includes cyber, workforce, acquisition provisions and a ban on the popular social media app Tik Tok on government equipment. 07/21/2020

  • Election Security
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    Spy chief sees 2020 election security as 'number one goal'

    Gen. Nakasone's remarks come as a group of former senior officials seek funds to counter the "extraordinary challenges" posed by coronavirus pandemic and foreign interference to state and local election administrators. 07/20/2020

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    A post-COVID IT roadmap

    It's time to start talking about the next steps we need to take to ensure that our IT infrastructure and tools can continue to support the remote workers, while providing state-of-the-art, timely customer service 10/25/2020

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    How a telework bill can boost security, modernization

    The bipartisan Pandemic Federal Telework Act would make technology and security an integral part of telework planning and data reporting. 10/16/2020

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    A future-proof security model for a modern, mobile government

    COVID-19 has shown the importance of the extensibility and scalability of the cloud and has been a forcing factor, expediting modernization initiatives – including security modernization. 10/05/2020