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    White House Updates AI Strategy

    The White House has updated the National AI Research and Development Strategic Plan to emphasize partnerships between the public and private sector. The National Plan was released in February to serve as a national roadmap for handling the research and development of artificial intelligence (AI). The update encourages agencies to expand public-private partnerships to advance AI.

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White House Updates AI Strategy

White House Updates AI Strategy

The White House has updated the National AI Research and Development Strategic Plan to emphasize partnerships between the public and private sector. The National Plan was released in February to serve as a national roadmap for handling the research and development of artificial intelligence (AI). The update encourages agencies to expand public-private partnerships to advance AI.

Read more

Whistleblowers Testify that VA Retaliation Remains Rampant

Whistleblowers Testify that VA Retaliation Remains Rampant

Whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) testified before Congress that retaliation against whistleblowers continues to pervade the agency long after Congress passed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. Whistleblower and whistleblower rights groups raised concerns regarding the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) created under the law.

Read more

Are You Prepared for The High Cost a Chronic Illness Would Bring?

Are You Prepared for The High Cost a Chronic Illness Would Bring?

In 2016, researchers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated that almost 70% of people turning age 65 will need some type of long-term care services in their lifetimes. If you or someone you know has ever had to care for a loved one with a chronic disease or condition, you know the emotional, physical, and financial burden this can create.

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CARE Act Gains Traction with Support from Medical Experts

CARE Act Gains Traction with Support from Medical Experts

The Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act (CARE Act) was introduced last month to provide additional resources to government groups working to combat opioid addiction and prevent opioid overdoses. In the days leading up to a Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the issue, medical experts overwhelmingly chose to endorse the legislation as a possible solution to combatting addiction and addiction related death.

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Can You Identify with a Fellow Federal Manager?

Can You Identify with a Fellow Federal Manager?

Bad things happen to good, conscientious, hardworking federal managers.  This week, we highlight the specific exposures of IRS managers in the hope that you will be able to identify your own vulnerabilities.  You may be aware of the various IRS “scandals” over the past few years from watching or reading the news, but have you considered the impact the incredible amount of congressional and media attention and scrutiny these scandals had and continue to have on IRS managers and employees? These fellow managers face exposures every single day that you don’t hear about in the news – just for doing the job they were hired to do.  Read about Catherine Lunderville and Lynda Wadler’s situations.  Lynda had FEDS Protection and worked with her attorneys from the beginning to be able to defend herself successfully.  Catherine, unfortunately didn’t, because she believed the “IRS would cover her as long as she acted within the scope of her employment.”

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How To Hold Yourself Accountable For Goals

How To Hold Yourself Accountable For Goals

Goal setting is important, but holding yourself accountable is often even more important and more difficult.  Watch this video for some tips to make achieving your goals easier.

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OPM Requests Legislative Reforms to Probationary Periods, Hiring Practices

OPM Requests Legislative Reforms to Probationary Periods, Hiring Practices

In a letter sent to the Speaker of the House and the Vice President in April but reported last week, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Margaret Weichert requested legislation reforming the hiring process and probationary periods for the federal workforce. Weichert’s request included legislative language Congress could use as a baseline for reforms.

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Field Agencies Struggle with Employee Engagement

Field Agencies Struggle with Employee Engagement

Analysis by the Partnership for Public Service and the Boston Consulting Group on 2018 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government data shows that employees outside of the DC metro area struggle with lower engagement than those within the area. The report emphasizes the importance of field employee engagement and makes recommendations for management to practice better employee relations.

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Appeals Court: ICE Had No Duty to Bargain Before Unilateral Change to Overtime Policy

Appeals Court: ICE Had No Duty to Bargain Before Unilateral Change to Overtime Policy

After warnings from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made a change to how it calculated overtime pay. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) filed a grievance against ICE for unilaterally changing the policy without bargaining with the union. After the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) sided with ICE and determined that ICE had no duty to bargain with the union, AFGE petitioned the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for review of the FLRA’s final order. On June 11, 2019, the appeals court denied AFGE’s petition.

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GREAT Act Reintroduced to Standardize Grant Reporting

GREAT Act Reintroduced to Standardize Grant Reporting

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has reintroduced legislation that would create a standard reporting system for federal awards, including grants and cooperative agreements. The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act has been introduced by Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Enzi, (R-WY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH).

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Ethics and Accountability for Government Attorneys

Ethics and Accountability for Government Attorneys

Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion of ethics and accountability in the federal government. The guests will cover the Professional Review process for government attorneys and other government ethics considerations.

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Scale Leadership, Not Technology

Scale Leadership, Not Technology

Creating digital solutions requires a different type of leadership. Bryon Kroger of Rise8 shares his perspective on implementing digital leadership in the Department of Defense and across government.

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Inspector General Report Raises Alarm on Opioids in the Postal Service

Inspector General Report Raises Alarm on Opioids in the Postal Service

A newly released report from the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) expressed concern with the level of opioids prescribed to Postal Service employees under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) program. While other agencies have seen significant reductions in prescriptions over the last few years, the Postal Service’s prescription count is declining at a much slower pace.

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Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over VA, Union Negotiations

Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over VA, Union Negotiations

A group of 128 bipartisan lawmakers has issued a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie regarding on-going negotiations with the union representing 260,000 frontline employees, the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (AFGE). Lawmakers expressed concerns regarding the collective bargaining rights of federal employees and adequate care for veterans.

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Arbitrator: VA Adverse Action Report Violates Privacy Act

Arbitrator: VA Adverse Action Report Violates Privacy Act

A union grievance protesting the publication of “Adverse Action Reports” (AAR) by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) resulted in an arbitration decision directing VA to remove AARs from its website and to cease and desist the publication of AARs.

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Crenshaw Introduces Bill Creating DHS Acquisition Review Board

Crenshaw Introduces Bill Creating DHS Acquisition Review Board

Freshman Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has introduced legislation to create an Acquisition Review Board within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The proposed legislation responds to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which shed light onto costly delays within the current acquisition process.

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Management Tip: Employee Pride

Management Tip: Employee Pride

Simply making your employees feel appreciated and important can change an entire workforce dynamic. Remember to make every employee feel passionate about their mission this week.

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California and the Pentagon Work Together to Fight Fires

California and the Pentagon Work Together to Fight Fires

The state of California and the Pentagon have created a cooperative agreement to better spot and tackle destructive fires. In an effort to prevent a recurrence of the deadly fires that swept California last year, the state and the Department of Defense (DOD) will be utilizing Cold War-era satellite technology and expanding drone use.

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Whistleblower Discloses Hazardous Conditions at GSA Property

Whistleblower Discloses Hazardous Conditions at GSA Property

For three years, repeated tests at the Goodfellow Federal Center in St. Louis, Missouri revealed that the building had traces of dozens of hazardous substances that could damage the health of those in contact with the building. A whistleblower disclosure to the Office of Special Council now contends that the General Services Administration (GSA) failed to adequately protect and notify employees of these hazards despite years of knowledge.

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House Appropriations Legislation Includes Pay Raise for Federal Employees, Spending Boosts for IRS

House Appropriations Legislation Includes Pay Raise for Federal Employees, Spending Boosts for IRS

The House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government passed a bill yesterday which includes $24.55 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $1.4 billion over the 2019 enacted funding levels and $355.5 million over the president’s 2020 budget request. The bill grants federal employees the largest pay raise in over 10 years.

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White House Updates AI Strategy

White House Updates AI Strategy

The White House has updated the National AI Research and Development Strategic Plan to emphasize partnerships between the public and private sector. The National Plan was released in February to serve as a national roadmap for handling the research and development of artificial intelligence (AI). The update encourages agencies to expand public-private partnerships to advance AI.

Read more

Whistleblowers Testify that VA Retaliation Remains Rampant

Whistleblowers Testify that VA Retaliation Remains Rampant

Whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) testified before Congress that retaliation against whistleblowers continues to pervade the agency long after Congress passed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. Whistleblower and whistleblower rights groups raised concerns regarding the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) created under the law.

Read more

Are You Prepared for The High Cost a Chronic Illness Would Bring?

Are You Prepared for The High Cost a Chronic Illness Would Bring?

In 2016, researchers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated that almost 70% of people turning age 65 will need some type of long-term care services in their lifetimes. If you or someone you know has ever had to care for a loved one with a chronic disease or condition, you know the emotional, physical, and financial burden this can create.

Read more

Can You Identify with a Fellow Federal Manager?

Can You Identify with a Fellow Federal Manager?

Bad things happen to good, conscientious, hardworking federal managers.  This week, we highlight the specific exposures of IRS managers in the hope that you will be able to identify your own vulnerabilities.  You may be aware of the various IRS “scandals” over the past few years from watching or reading the news, but have you considered the impact the incredible amount of congressional and media attention and scrutiny these scandals had and continue to have on IRS managers and employees? These fellow managers face exposures every single day that you don’t hear about in the news – just for doing the job they were hired to do.  Read about Catherine Lunderville and Lynda Wadler’s situations.  Lynda had FEDS Protection and worked with her attorneys from the beginning to be able to defend herself successfully.  Catherine, unfortunately didn’t, because she believed the “IRS would cover her as long as she acted within the scope of her employment.”

Read more

How To Hold Yourself Accountable For Goals

How To Hold Yourself Accountable For Goals

Goal setting is important, but holding yourself accountable is often even more important and more difficult.  Watch this video for some tips to make achieving your goals easier.

Read more

OPM Requests Legislative Reforms to Probationary Periods, Hiring Practices

OPM Requests Legislative Reforms to Probationary Periods, Hiring Practices

In a letter sent to the Speaker of the House and the Vice President in April but reported last week, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Margaret Weichert requested legislation reforming the hiring process and probationary periods for the federal workforce. Weichert’s request included legislative language Congress could use as a baseline for reforms.

Read more

Field Agencies Struggle with Employee Engagement

Field Agencies Struggle with Employee Engagement

Analysis by the Partnership for Public Service and the Boston Consulting Group on 2018 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government data shows that employees outside of the DC metro area struggle with lower engagement than those within the area. The report emphasizes the importance of field employee engagement and makes recommendations for management to practice better employee relations.

Read more

Appeals Court: ICE Had No Duty to Bargain Before Unilateral Change to Overtime Policy

Appeals Court: ICE Had No Duty to Bargain Before Unilateral Change to Overtime Policy

After warnings from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made a change to how it calculated overtime pay. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) filed a grievance against ICE for unilaterally changing the policy without bargaining with the union. After the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) sided with ICE and determined that ICE had no duty to bargain with the union, AFGE petitioned the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for review of the FLRA’s final order. On June 11, 2019, the appeals court denied AFGE’s petition.

Read more

Ethics and Accountability for Government Attorneys

Ethics and Accountability for Government Attorneys

Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion of ethics and accountability in the federal government. The guests will cover the Professional Review process for government attorneys and other government ethics considerations.

Read more

Scale Leadership, Not Technology

Scale Leadership, Not Technology

Creating digital solutions requires a different type of leadership. Bryon Kroger of Rise8 shares his perspective on implementing digital leadership in the Department of Defense and across government.

Read more

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