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“Bad blood” on the Hill could challenge budget process, says Editor in Chief of The Fulcrum

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration’s first budget request is on the way. The discretionary guide will be the first indication agency leaders have of what could be coming in fiscal 2022. David Hawkings, Editor in Chief of The Fulcrum, said a “poisonous atmosphere” on Capitol Hill along with a history […]

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Former ambassador calls for mentorship program for diversity at State Department

The House Appropriations Committee took advice at a hearing Thursday on how to improve diversity and inclusion at the State Department. Harry Thomas, former Ambassador to Zimbabwe who testified at this hearing, suggested a formal mentorship program to support Foreign Service Officers early in their careers. The State Department should provide everyone with the opportunity […]

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Accountability for strengthening diversity at State Department will “take the village,” says former ambassador

New Jersey representative Andy Kim said recently when he worked at the State Department, it banned him from working on Korean issues because of his Korean-American heritage. The House Appropriations Committee looked at diversity and inclusion issues at the State Department Thursday. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, former United States Ambassador to Malta and a witness at the […]

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Defense budget could challenge Army most of all military branches

The Biden administration’s skinny budget should release soon for fiscal year 2022. It will include topline numbers for defense spending. Budget watchers expect that number to stay flat over the next few years. Mark Cancian, Senior Advisor in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the upcoming defense budget […]

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R&D element strongest part of Navy’s unmanned campaign plan, says Bryan Clark

The Navy has a new framework for creating unmanned systems for its fleet. The document lists five overarching goals, but that document does not specify targets for the number of vessels or the timeline. Former Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations Bryan Clark said he thinks the unmanned campaign plan “fell a little […]

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GAO finds agency workforce planning processes are often lacking

GAO calls strategic human capital management one of the government’s toughest management problems. It’s on the GAO’s High-Risk List, and it’s a common thread throughout many of the other challenges on the High-Risk List too. Candice Wright, Acting Director for Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics at GAO, testified to the House Science Subcommittee on Oversight […]

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Congress needs to stop avoiding human capital management problem, says NARFE exec

A new review of the Office of Personnel Management and its potential merger into the General Services Administration is finished. The National Academy of Public Administration says transferring some OPM duties to the Office of Management and Budget and merging others into GSA would not fix the problems at the agency. Jessica Klement, Staff Vice […]

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