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The planned Surge Response Program is designed to consolidate pandemic response opportunities for current federal employees.
The order would mandate telework for all eligible employees regardless of their prior arrangements.
Defense contractors would get some relief for personnel costs under the Senate-passed $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus and relief bill but worries over increased production costs remain.
The $2 trillion pandemic rescue bill does not include a rollback of three years of Trump administration federal workforce policy included in a bill formulated by House Democrats.
With fingerprinting services not always available, agencies are going to have to take some calculated risks with new employees.
Margaret Weichert is exiting government after a delay to help with COVID-19 workforce policy and will be replaced by the acting head of the Office of Personnel Management.
Swearing-in for feds along with certain document submission can be done remotely, advises the Office of Personnel Management.
Customers including DOD and FEMA are pressing NASA's acquisition vehicle for faster quotes to support COVID-19 response.
The Pentagon is asking for "maximum telework flexibilities" extended to DOD service members and civilian employees also be made available to contractors when possible.
The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act offered by House Democrats expands telework, grants hazard pay to certain front line workers and would overturn a number of Trump administration workforce policies.
DOJ asks state AGs to ensure that mission-critical personnel can perform official duties despite local lockdowns.
The legislative branch may soon follow much of the corporate world and institute telework for its core functions, but there are serious questions about whether it has the legal and technological infrastructure in place to make it practicable for very long.
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Temporary appointment authority is in effect until March 2021 or public emergency is declared over.
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