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    Report: Fostering a diverse cybersecurity workforce

    Experts at an Aspen Institute event explained some roadblocks to cultivating a diverse cybersecurity workforce and offered potential solutions, including putting less reliance on formal certification. 09/12/2021

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    Biden mandates COVID vaccine for feds, contractors

    The vaccine mandate will supplant administration workforce policy put in place in July that requires either vaccinations or regular testing for federal employees. 09/09/2021

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    IRS dips into enforcement funds, user fees for IT

    "Each year, the IRS must take extraordinary measures to fund IT," IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig explained in an August letter to three senators. 09/08/2021

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    Feds get more guidance on COVID vaccination, testing

    The Biden administration is eyeing booster shots for some Americans, but for its vaccination and testing program for federal employees, those who are two weeks out from a completed vaccination are considered covered without a booster shot, for now. 09/07/2021

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    Biden names pick for final MSPB slot

    The Merit Systems Protection Board has been without a quorum for over four years and has a backlog of more than 3,000 appeals. 09/02/2021

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    GSA launches new Digital Corps to attract early-career techies

    The first cohort of the new program, which launches in the fall, will focus on pandemic response, the economy, cybersecurity and streamlining government services. 08/30/2021

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    Biden orders 2.7% pay raise for civilian feds

    The pay hike was included in the administration's 2022 budget and takes effect early next year. 08/27/2021

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    Reorganizing for the Biden agenda at OPM

    OPM is beefing up its diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility office as part of an agency reorganization in support of a wide-ranging executive order covering the federal workforce. 08/27/2021

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    GOP lawmakers seek answers on SSA's acting leadership

    Five Republicans are asking the Government Accountability Office to clarify legal limits under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of the term and authorities of the acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration, who was installed after President Joe Biden fired two top leaders in July. 08/26/2021

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    White House COVID group extends leave for feds to get vaccinated

    Feds now get up to four hours of administrative leave to get COVID-19 vaccinations and up to two days of leave to cope with adverse vaccine reactions. 08/25/2021

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    Austin mandates COVID vaccine for military

    The defense secretary has ordered military departments to immediately begin mandatory vaccination programs with FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines. 08/25/2021

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    DHS stands up new excepted service for cyber talent

    The new human resources system, which is launching seven years after legislation authorizing special pay for cybersecurity specialists, is a complete move away from traditional federal HR practices, the agency said. 08/25/2021

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    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III speaks with the United Kingdom

    Pentagon pushes ahead with COVID vaccine mandate

    The Defense Department will mandate Pfizer-produced COVID-19 vaccines following the Food and Drug Administration's approval, and other agencies are expected to follow. 08/23/2021

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    Want to lead in IT? Find a subject to master.

    The former CIO at the IRS and DHS explains why early-career expertise is the key to successful leadership. 08/23/2021

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    President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan Act in the Oval Office, March 11, 2021

    Biden names slate of FSIP appointees

    Months after clearing out Trump appointees, Biden nominated appointees to fill the Federal Services Impasses Panel, a key institution in the federal labor-management relations space. 08/23/2021

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    The CISO reporting structure is broken

    The commitment to managing cyber risk is a primary concern, but is often consolidated with IT priorities. This creates a conflict – does IT or security come out on top? 10/14/2021

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    Cyber EO compliance is a full-time job

    Unified security controls, supply chain security, zero trust and smart procurement decisions are all pieces of the puzzle. 09/30/2021

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    Leveraging OSCAL for FedRAMP authorizations

    An automated FedRAMP review process will speed up authorizations, drive continuous improvement and put cloud service providers in the driver's seat. 09/07/2021