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New USDA flexible work policy balances needs of employees and American people

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued an expanded plan for remote work and telework for its employees. Those teleworking must report to the office at least two days per pay period, and remote workers are not required to come in to the office on a regular basis. Malcom Shorter, deputy assistant secretary for […]


HIRE leaders ‘very excited’ about new initiative to ensure job accessibility for Americans

A new government effort, the Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE), will work to expand access to jobs to underrepresented communities. The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just launched HIRE to address long-standing recruitment challenges. Jenny R. Yang, director of the OFCCP, said […]


Defense Department makes progress on implementing the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017

Gender-based harassment and assault are long-standing issues for the United States military. According to the New York Times, nearly one in four service women report being sexually assaulted in the military. The Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, while mostly focused on international partners, also has requirements for the Defense Department (DoD). Kyleanne Hunter, […]


New bill aims to coordinate government internship programs and improve recruitment

The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to improve recruitment and retention of younger federal workers. A new bill, the Building the Next Generation of Federal Employees Act (NextGenFeds Act), would establish a comprehensive internship and fellowship program at the Office of Personnel Management. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), chairman of the House Subcommittee […]


Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough on toxic exposure, veteran mental health and Covid-19 response

President Biden announced on Veterans Day a strategy to identify and treat health issues in veterans that developed from toxic exposures on the front lines. That includes environmental hazards from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough said the president is the first to ensure certain medical conditions, […]


Federal government reporters on top stories of 2021

2021 has presented a host of challenges and new programs for the federal workforce and leaders in government. “Government Matters” asked federal reporters what their top stories were from this year. Leo Shane III, deputy editor at Military Times, said one of the biggest stories was the Department of Veterans Affairs electronic medical records overhaul, […]


EEOC working to stop artificial intelligence from perpetuating bias in hiring

Developments in artificial intelligence can support the hiring process for all employers, including the country’s largest, the federal government. But those technologies could perpetuate bias in who gets hired for which jobs. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has a new initiative to ensure those tools comply with civil rights laws. Charlotte Burrows, chair of […]

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