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Idea of distributed workforce is not new, explains Department of Homeland Security chief human capital officer

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will bring in nearly 300 new cyber employees after a 60-day cyber sprint. DHS has another 500 tentative job offers in the works too. Angela Bailey, chief human capital officer at DHS, said the “distributed workforce” these new hires will be joining is not a new concept, providing examples […]

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Minimum wage executive order could have major mission budget implications, says Celero Strategies president

Contractors are facing a January 2022 deadline to start paying their employees at least $15 per hour. An executive order from the Biden administration requires that pay raise for federal contractors and subcontractors. Stan Soloway, former deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition reform, now president and chief executive officer of Celero Strategies, said the […]

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Senate bill would cause “significant challenges” for Thrift Savings Plan, according to board director

A new Senate bill from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) would force the Thrift Savings Plan to revamp its international fund to take out companies the Chinese government owns or owns parts of. Those restrictions don’t apply to other funds, according to Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. Weaver […]

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Change management leader outlines ways agencies can approach diversity executive order

A new White House executive order will drive diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility across the federal government and includes a list of action items for every agency. Ahkesha Murray, principal for change management, culture, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility at LMI, said she encourages agencies to focus on the intent of the order, which is […]

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Former Inspectors General support bill for working during government shutdown

A new bill would allow Inspectors General (IGs) to keep working even if the government shuts down again. Additionally, Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) is asking IGs across government to evaluate how well remote work really worked. Daniel Levinson, former Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services and the General Services Administration, and […]

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Data show federal leaders “more than rose to the challenge” of COVID-19

The 2020 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government says NASA, the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office delivered the best workplace results. This year’s work included the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic caused. Loren DeJonge Schulman, former chief of staff to the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs and now […]

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Engaged workforce starts with connection to mission, says former agency leader

The numbers are in for the best places to work in the federal government. The blue ribbon winners this year are NASA, the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office. Danny Werfel, former acting IRS commissioner, former OMB controller and now managing director and partner at Boston Consulting Group, said it is critical to […]

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