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The Senate voted last week to confirm Susan Grundmann to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) with a 50-49 vote, giving Democrats control of the agency in charge of administering the labor-management relations program for more than two million non-postal Federal employees.

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Nearly two-thirds – 63 percent – of Federal mission and IT officials surveyed earlier this year believe their agencies are on track to meet the Office of Management and Budget’s zero trust security targets by the end of Fiscal Year 2024, according to new research published today by General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT).

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Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., is leading a fresh charge for a proposed 5.1 percent pay raise for Federal employees for calendar year 2023 – up a few ticks from the 4.6 percent raise proposed by President Biden last month in his FY2023 budget request.

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As the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) effort to transform the President’s Management Agenda from a list of goals into actionable policy steps gathers steam, OMB is fleshing out its list of Federal agency officials who are taking on leadership rules not only for the three major PMA pushes but for numerous strategic goals within each of them.

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The House Oversight and Reform Committee this week approved a bill that aims to put in place a Federal workforce hiring policy that places greater emphasis on prospective employees’ work experience, rather than their educational credentials – a policy put forward in an executive order from then-President Trump in 2020.

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Leaders from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said in a blog post today that the White House’s FY2023 budget request released on March 28 – if its provisions become law – will help to move forward the Federal workforce focus that is part of the President’s Management Agenda published last year. 

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The IRS is planning to have employees return to their traditional offices in a phased telework approach, according to the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), with the first phase of employee returns set for May.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with the union representing agency employees for policies governing the return of employees to traditional offices in what amounts to a larger hybrid work-location approach.

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We sat down in recent days with Amy Gilliland, who has run General Dynamics Information Technology as president for going on five years, to talk mostly about how the company is helping Federal agencies cybersecurity and zero trust policy mandates, but in the course of a wide-ranging conversation came away with a whole lot more.

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Embracing unique perspectives and becoming aware of potential biases translate into smarter, more informed, and innovative work – no matter the field. But to truly improve diversity and inclusion, the Federal government needs to show a commitment and dedication to cultivate, attract and retain diverse leaders.

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The Senate this week voted to approve two nominees to the three-member Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) – giving the board its first quorum in five years so that it can begin to take action on a big backlog of cases.

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Even while women continue to make significant gains in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, many are still encountering obstacles in their career trajectories. Several women leaders in Federal government STEM fields offered advice from their own experiences at a March 1 virtual event hosted by ATARC on how to overcome challenges they have faced.

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The Federal workplace looks a lot different today than it did in March 2020, but Federal tech officials say they continue to see the benefits of remote work and hybrid work two years after the COVID-19 pandemic hit and do not have plans to rush back into the office anytime soon.

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The bipartisan Senate Women in STEM Caucus – created late last year to advance women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and math education and careers – met on Feb. 16 to discuss the ongoing disparity in women’s participation in the STEM workforce and further challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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A group of senators led by Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., have introduced legislation that would make it easier for international students with advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degrees to work in the United States upon after their schooling is completed.

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) personnel mobility program – which allows for temporary assignments of Federal and non-Federal employees to come in and quickly fill skill gaps – needs more complete data for the program to realize its full potential.

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