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Timeline: These Deadlines Could Affect Your Pay, Job Security

August 28, 2017 A number of crucial government deadlines that could affect federal employees’ pay and job security are fast approaching, and lawmakers will have their work cut out for them when they return from recess on Sept. 5. Contentious battles over fiscal 2018 spending bills and the debt ceiling hike will likely...

Report: Government Cybersecurity Lags Behind Restaurants, Retail Outlets

August 25, 2017 Government organizations ranked third-to-last in a list that compared the overall cybersecurity posture of 17 different public and private sector industries, according to security researchers. The study, conducted by New York-based SecurityScorecard, graded industries across 10 categories relating to network and software security, amount of exposed information and responsiveness to...

USDA Mobile App 'Reaffirms' Trump Ethics Standards

August 24, 2017 The Agriculture Department launched a new mobile app on Wednesday that brings federal employees answers to pressing government ethics questions right at their fingertips. The USDA Ethics App guides employees through ethical dilemmas using a comprehensive library of quick-hit video and text summaries of government ethics and Hatch Act rules....

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USDA Mobile App 'Reaffirms' Trump Ethics Standards

August 24, 2017 The Agriculture Department launched a new mobile app on Wednesday that brings federal employees answers to pressing government ethics questions right at their fingertips. The USDA Ethics App guides employees through ethical dilemmas using a comprehensive library of quick-hit video and text summaries of government ethics and Hatch Act rules....

GSA Official: For Cloud to Mature, Talk More About Opportunity and Less About Security

August 23, 2017 The federal government won't maximize the potential benefits of cloud computing until it starts talking less about security and more about opportunities the emerging technology could provide, according to one federal official. “The true test of how mature we will be with the cloud is when we stop constantly talking...

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Beyond Rain and Snow, Postal Workers Must Also Worry About Their Shoes

August 23, 2017 For years the U.S. Postal Service has put its stamp of approval on defective shoes that can quickly fall apart, putting letter carriers at risk of injury and often forcing them to pay for costly replacements out of their own pockets, union officials say. The issue came to light after...

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How to Enjoy the Eclipse Without Frying Your Eyes

August 18, 2017 Getting excited for the total eclipse on Monday? It’s a pretty big deal: The last one to hit the continental United States was in 1979. Watching this spectacle requires some preparation—like spectacles. Looking directly at the sun will literally fry your retinas, so don’t think you can just walk outside...

How to Enjoy the Eclipse Without Burning Your Eyeballs

August 18, 2017 Getting excited for the total eclipse on Monday? It’s a pretty big deal: The last one to hit the continental United States was in 1979. Watching this spectacle requires some preparation—like spectacles. Looking directly at the sun will literally fry your retinas, so don’t think you can just walk outside...

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Political Environment a Major Factor in More than 40 Percent of Senior Exec Departures

August 17, 2017 More than 40 percent of Senior Executive Service members who left their posts last year cited the political environment as one of the major reasons for their departure, according to a new report. For the last three years, the Office of Personnel Management has surveyed government employees leaving the SES...

Congress is Looking for a Few Good Techies

August 16, 2017 Do you think Congress needs to be more tech savvy? Then bring your digital knowledge to Washington with a congressional innovation fellowship. The program gives technologists the opportunity to shape federal tech policy through a year-long position in the office of a lawmaker or congressional committee. Applications for the third...