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Agency Digital Modernization Efforts Hinge on Data, Customer Experience Efforts

Digital modernization goals across various federal agencies for 2022 hinge on leadership understanding the individual agency missions to improve customer experience, according to several federal chief information officers. Speaking during an ATARC panel on Tuesday, leaders in the public technology space discussed some of the most important parts of their agencies’ digital transformation journeys for the new year. One key…

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Defense Officials Press Lawmakers For a 2022 Appropriation

Defense officials told House appropriators on Wednesday that the military’s purchasing power will take a hit if Congress fails to pass a full-year spending bill and relies on a full-year continuing resolution to fund the government for all of fiscal year 2022. DOD, and the government writ large, has been operating on a continuing resolution since the start of the…

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Some Agencies Report 100% Vaccine Mandate Compliance as Others Begin Suspensions

Agencies across the Biden administration are beginning to move to more severe forms of punishment for employees who fail to comply with the president’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, advancing a process that could result in thousands of civil servants losing their jobs.  To date, agencies have relied on education and “counseling” as a first step in the progressive discipline process related to…

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Agencies Must Establish COVID-19 Testing Programs for Certain Unvaccinated Feds and Contractors By Feb. 15

The Biden administration on Tuesday published new guidance to help federal agencies set up testing programs to screen unvaccinated federal workers and some contractors for COVID-19, setting a deadline of Feb. 15 for implementation. In an update from the White House Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, the administration said agencies must test unvaccinated workers who report to a federal facility…

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Why NASA Is Trying to Dodge the Moon

The biggest, most powerful space telescope in history is currently sitting on top of a rocket in French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America, awaiting its blazing departure from this planet. The James Webb Space Telescope is designed to point its 18 gold-coated mirrors into the darkness and reveal hidden wonders in the universe. But its last few…

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Cyber Workforce Bill Clears Senate

A bill that would allocate more government resources to strengthen the federal cybersecurity workforce advanced through the Senate on Wednesday. The Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2021, introduced back in April by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., would create a rotational cyber workforce development program across several government agencies.  The legislation comes as the federal government is working to…

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Data-Driven Government

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Contractor Vaccine Mandate in Three States 

On Tuesday, a federal judge temporarily blocked the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors in three states. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, who serves in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, issued a preliminary injunction for the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Following President Biden’s…

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Nine in 10 NASA Employees Are Vaccinated, But More Than 1,100 Are Seeking Exemptions

About 90% of NASA employees have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, according to agency data, but about 1,150 workers are seeking an exemption to President Biden’s governmentwide mandate.  Most of the civil servants at NASA who have requested a medical or religious exception to the vaccination requirement, as allowed for under Biden’s executive order, are still…

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Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Oracle to Bid on Pentagon’s Next Multibillion-Dollar Cloud Contract

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Congressional Leaders Concede Another Stopgap Spending Bill ‘Likely’ as Negotiations Remain at Standstill

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Federal Judge Declines to Block Vaccine Mandate for Feds

A federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday opted not to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all federal employees and contractors be vaccinated against COVID-19, concluding that the 20 federal workers and military service members who brought the case have failed to meet any of the circumstances that allow for the issuance…

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Eleven States Challenge Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate

Eleven states with Republican governors are challenging the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors between two lawsuits filed on Thursday and Friday.  The state of Florida filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in the Tampa Division seeking an injunction on the mandate that has a December 8 deadline for millions of…

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Vacancies Act Deadline Looms for Many of Biden’s Acting Officials, But the OMB Director Is an Exception

In less than a month, the clock will run out for some of the Biden administration’s acting officials, but this deadline does not apply for others, including the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.  Shalanda Young has been serving as OMB acting director since she was confirmed as deputy director on March 23. The White House has…

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The Cost of William Shatner’s ‘Most Profound Experience’

William Shatner was a little nervous about that rocket. A week ago, during a CNN interview, his eyes went wide when the network showed a clip of a Blue Origin rocket taking off, streams of blazing exhaust unfurling from below. He’d never seen that footage before, he said, with all that “fire and brimstone.” “Oh my gosh,” the actor said. “Things…

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