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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released the 2019 results from an annual survey of government employees called the Federal Viewpoint Survey. Results indicate that happiness among federal employees increased slightly in 2019, although most large agencies saw little change.
The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has spent the last year soliciting ideas from individuals in the federal sector to identify the largest challenges facing public administration. Last week, NAPA rolled out the Grand Challenges during their fall meeting. These challenges will serve as the focal point for NAPA’s collaborative efforts for the next decade.
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Huey and I entered Massachusetts and prepared to visit Boston. Because maneuvering an RV through the narrow and winding streets of Boston was not something I wanted to do, I left Huey and the RV in the parking lot of a T station while I ventured into the heart of the city by myself.
Officials at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) have expressed confusion about whether new vendor cybersecurity standards will limit the number of vendors that qualify for critical government technology projects. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMS) standards published by the Pentagon in January were meant to increase cyber protections, but some small businesses have expressed concerns that they will not be able to compete for government contracts.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Project Atlas seeks to bring telehealth services to rural communities where veterans lack internet connectivity in their homes. The agency has announced a partnership with private sector groups to test 10 remote telehealth patient examination rooms in locations across the country in coming months.
The Federal Labor Relations Authority found that the Department of Defense violated its collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) with the educators’ union (the Federal Education Association – Stateside Region) when it refused to credit “plus hours” earned before educators earned a master’s degree when determining employee pay lanes.
Over the duration of a year, many things can change for your family in terms of your health plan needs. If you got married or had a child, you may need a different level of coverage. For example, if you received a serious diagnosis, you might need to make some changes in anticipation of future needs. Each year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season to allow you to evaluate your circumstances and your options.