• Third-Highest Ranking DOD Official Resigns After 9 Months

    Third-Highest Ranking DOD Official Resigns After 9 Months

    After serving in the position for a mere nine months, John “Jay” Gibson has announced that he will step aside as the Department of Defense’s chief management officer, the third-highest ranking official within the Pentagon, according to Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu.

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Third-Highest Ranking DOD Official Resigns After 9 Months

Third-Highest Ranking DOD Official Resigns After 9 Months

After serving in the position for a mere nine months, John “Jay” Gibson has announced that he will step aside as the Department of Defense’s chief management officer, the third-highest ranking official within the Pentagon, according to Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu.

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State Department Policy Change Could Help Pave Way for 5G Wireless Devices, Improved Drones

State Department Policy Change Could Help Pave Way for 5G Wireless Devices, Improved Drones

The U.S. Department of State has announced that it will “relax rules on the sale of some key technologies that were seen as highly sensitive to national security,” according to Patrick Tucker at Defense One. The decision is especially notable because some of the technologies in question are generally viewed as essential components to enable a shift from 4G mobile devices to 5G devices.

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Parties in OPM Data Breach Suit Hold Oral Arguments at D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Parties in OPM Data Breach Suit Hold Oral Arguments at D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

In a consolidated multidistrict class action against the Office of Personnel Management following a severe data breach of OPM’s cybersecurity that affected millions of federal employees and former federal employees, federal employees and the union alleged gross negligence and a violation of constitutional rights to informational privacy. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the case on September 19, 2017. On October 12, 2017, the employees appealed the dismissal to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit.

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Preparation Tips for FEHB Open Season 2019

Preparation Tips for FEHB Open Season 2019

As a federal employee, it is important to ask yourself if your current health plan is working for you. A change in marital status or a newly discovered medical condition can impact your coverage needs. To better adjust to the unexpected events in life, the Office of Personnel Management hosts its annual Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season.

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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

We get several calls a week from federal agency managers who need legal advice or representation but don’t have FEDS Protection in place. Your agency reimburses all managers and supervisors up to half the cost of this insurance – so please – no more of the following excuses.  FEDS Protection works just like other insurance policies - if you don’t have coverage in place prior to an incident leading to an allegation, claim or suit, coverage will be denied. 

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Veterans Voices | Listening is Honoring

Veterans Voices | Listening is Honoring

Google | Andy Fancher is a 19-year-old on a mission to preserve history. For the past three years, he’s been documenting the stories of World War II veterans on his YouTube channel. This Veterans Day, he’s using the StoryCorps app to record an oral history with an important veteran in his life, and archive it in the Library of Congress. Visit http://storycor.ps/veterans to record an oral history with a veteran in your life.

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FLRA Reduced from Seven Regional Offices to Five in Two Months, Still Lacks General Counsel

FLRA Reduced from Seven Regional Offices to Five in Two Months, Still Lacks General Counsel

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) has announced that it will close another office, shuttering the doors of its Boston office just one month after announcing the closure of its Dallas office.

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Unions Challenge OPM Sovereign Immunity Defense on 2014 Data Breach

Unions Challenge OPM Sovereign Immunity Defense on 2014 Data Breach

Two of the largest federal labor unions have renewed their arguments that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was negligent in allowing a 2014 data breach that impacted sensitive files of almost 22 million federal employees. The breach wasn’t discovered until nearly a year after it occurred, with the initial estimated number of impacted employees rapidly ballooning. Investigations into the leak have indicated that a state actor, namely China, was likely behind the effort.

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Security and Intelligence Agencies Partner Up to Address Cybersecurity Ahead of Election

Security and Intelligence Agencies Partner Up to Address Cybersecurity Ahead of Election

As highlighted by Kelsey Atherton at Fifth Domain, DHS and DOD have taken steps in recent weeks to ensure information is being adequately shared between all relevant parties heading into an election marked by intense cybersecurity concerns.

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Retirement: What’s Your Plan?

Retirement: What’s Your Plan?

With increased longevity and medical advancements, many Federal employees are concerned about the possibility of outliving their savings. And when it comes to retirement, you want to enjoy it—and that means you want to be prepared. There are many considerations to think about in retirement besides your living expenses, such as where you live, family support, your health, and the rising costs of care. That’s why it’s so important to plan now for any long term care you may need.

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