FCW Insider: Oct. 22

The latest news and analysis from FCW's reporters and editors.

Trump order creates Schedule F, to speed hiring and firing in key positions

The Oct. 21 executive order looks to reshape the competitive service by allowing agencies to reclassify policy jobs under a new schedule and give senior managers greater flexibility in hiring candidates and firing employees.

Civilian-side CMMC

The General Services Administration will add more supply chain and cybersecurity protection language, including DOD's CMMC requirements for vendors, to its new contracts as risks grow, according to one of the agency's top acquisition managers.

GSA unveils first NewPay service

The General Services Administration is talking with federal agency users to further develop its NewPay shared service offering, which rolled out in September.

House bill looks to boost COLA for Social Security recipients, federal retirees

The bill uses a different cost-of-living adjustment index to bring the bump to 3%

Watchdog: DHS needs to keep a closer eye on acquisition qualifications

The Department of Homeland Security needs to be consistent in nominating and designating acquisition oversight officials.

Quick Hits

*** Two lawmakers are looking to help state governors better tap National Guard cybersecurity capabilities to strengthen their infrastructure protections. The bill, introduced by Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), would add language to the Critical Infrastructures Protection Act of 2001 specifying cybersecurity resources governors can request from the National Guard, including cybersecurity training, operations and mission capabilities.

*** Is telework ever going to end, and what happens when everyone goes back to the office? Washington Technology takes a look at a new report from the IBM Center for the Business Of Government on how the workplace of the future has arrived.