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Army implementing changes to accelerate acquisition timeline

The U.S. Army is embarking on the largest modernization effort in over 40 years to confront the pacing threat from China. The assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology oversees the Army’s acquisition enterprise. Young Bang, principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, said his office has been working on […]


Army leader reflects on career progression to chief warrant officer 5 as immigrant

When Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mohammed Badal, chief of the Contingency Construction and Operational Energy Branch in the U.S. Army, immigrated from Bangladesh at 19, he decided to join the Army to learn some job skills. 25 years later, he’s still there and loving it. Badal said he was drawn to the military because he […]


Service to America Medals honor extraordinary federal employees

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, have been dubbed the “Oscars of government service.” The Partnership for Public Service gives out the awards annually to extraordinary federal employees who have made the country better, safer and stronger. With public trust in government low and on the decline, the Partnership has found […]


Advice for mentorship in national security field from Joint Intelligence Operations Center commander

Most people recognize the importance of mentorship, but in the national security field, it can be especially critical to success. Colonel Candice Frost, commander of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center at U.S. Cyber Command, has spoken and written about this topic. She recommended looking for a mentor who is open and willing to learn and […]


USAID prioritizing diversity and inclusion with new leadership position and strategy

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports American foreign policy by providing assistance to areas of the world that are most in need. The agency recently created a chief diversity officer position to improve diversity, equity and inclusion internally and externally. The new chief diversity officer is Neneh Diallo, who told Government Matters […]


OPM announces new paid time off for voting for federal employees

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the government’s human resources agency. Government Matters’ Mimi Geerges spoke to OPM Director Kiran Ahuja about the latest news affecting federal civilian employees. OPM’s new voting guidance provides time off for early voting and election days and expands leave for participating as a non-partisan poll worker, said Ahuja. […]


Study shows excess deaths in post-9/11 veterans with traumatic brain injury

Military members who experience harmful exposures like traumatic brain injury (TBI) during service could be more prone to mental health problems, chronic diseases and mortality, according to an investigation co-authored by Jeffrey Howard, associate professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Howard said there were significantly higher […]


EEOC releases employment discrimination appeals guide in response to focus group findings

For federal employees or applicants who want to appeal a discrimination case, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just released a guide to help those who don’t have lawyers navigate the appeals process and write better arguments. Edmund Chiang, senior attorney advisor at the EEOC, said his organization developed the guide after conducting focus groups […]

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