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The Office of Management and Budget told Federal agencies in a Jan. 24 memo that Federal workplaces should run at no more than 25 percent of occupancy while the coronavirus is running at high rates.

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  1. DHS, DOJ Must Process “Fear Claims” Data Faster

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have implemented Fear Screening Pilot Programs for noncitizens, and while they’ve processed claims faster, the agencies need to process the data for these claims faster.

  2. New job hired workforce employee-min Dashboard Data Shows Federal Agencies Lack Additional Hiring Assessments

    Almost all Federal agencies are hiring employees based solely on information provided by the candidate, according to new data from a public dashboard report.

  1. Study Highlights Differences in Federal and Private STEM Employee Compensation

    In a detailed report that compares the compensation and benefits for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) employees in the both the Federal and private sectors, it was found Federal employees have more advanced degrees, but make less money annually.

  2. Treasury Standing Up Online Tool for COVID Relief Payments

    With the COVID-19 pandemic stretching on, President Biden signed an executive order (EO) to direct an all-of-agency effort to help those most impacted by the pandemic. In accordance with that EO, the Department of Treasury is working to change the way it delivers economic impact payments, according to a Jan. 22 release.

  3. Evanina Steps Down as NCSC Director; Orlando Takes Acting Role

    William Evanina has stepped down as director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), after six years at the helm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) component that has the leading counterintelligence activities role in defending the intelligence collecting Federal government and private-sector entities that face risk of attack by foreign adversaries.

  4. Federal money spending government Connolly, Schatz Reintroduce 3.2% Federal Pay Raise Bill

    Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act on Jan. 21, to give Federal employees a 3.2 percent pay raise for 2022.

  1. Biden Tasking Intel Agencies With SolarWinds Hack Assessment

    President Biden is asking intelligence agencies for a “full assessment” of Russian involvement in breaches of thousands of government and private-sector networks via SolarWinds Orion products, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Jan. 21.

  2. Biden Tosses Out Trump Administration ‘Schedule F’ Executive Order

    The White House said today President Biden will sign an executive order that cancels a previous order issued by former President Trump last October that created a new “Schedule F” classification for Federal employees in policy-making positions and made it easier to hire and fire them.

  3. Biden Cranks up Federal Data Production, Testing Strategy in COVID-19 Orders

    The Biden Administration has gone to work on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus through executive orders (EO) that will enhance data collection capabilities among relevant industries and establish a national testing strategy that includes a contact tracing element.

  4. OPM Report Shows Federal Employee Job Satisfaction Rose in 2020

    Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented move to remote work caused by the public health crisis, Federal employee satisfaction is up, according to preliminary results from the 2020 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

  5. Ret. Army Gen. Austin Confirmed as DoD Secretary

    The Senate today voted to confirm President Biden’s pick for Secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) Lloyd Austin.

  6. VA Seeking Contractor for COVID-19 Data Modeling

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is conducting market research to find sources for COVID-19 data modeling, according to a Jan. 19 sources sought notice on Beta.SAM.gov.

  7. Agency IT Leaders Discuss Data Goals for 2021

    As data continues to drive the future of Federal IT, agency leaders looked ahead to their goals for 2021, while keeping data implementation and cybersecurity top of mind. 

  8. DoD to Bolster Network Security With C2C Initiative

    Department of Defense information networks (DoDIN) are working to apply a Comply-to-Connect (C2C) initiative that will boost cybersecurity across DoD with future directives by the DoD CIO addressing components of the initiative.

  9. Biden Taps Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting FCC Chairwoman

    President Biden has designated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting Chairwoman of the FCC.

  10. White House Suspends Bulk-Power System Security EO for 90 Days

    The Biden administration has suspended for 90 days a May 2020 Trump administration executive order that placed restrictions on the use of equipment made by “foreign adversaries” in the United States bulk-power system.