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Report Says Agencies Should Treat Telework, Office Work Equally

The Merit Systems Protection Board recently released a report advising federal agencies to treat teleworkers and non-teleworkers equally. According to GovExec, the report found teleworking improves employee work-life balance, reduces the need for physical office space and real estate costs, and enhances an organization’s intangible relationships with employees through increased …

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NASA Planning Lockheed Orion Test Flight in 2014

NASA revealed plans Tuesday on the Federal Business Opportunities procurement website for an unmanned test flight of its Orion space capsule. According to NextGov.com, NASA said this flight will test the entry, descent and landing functions, including the heat shield, propulsion, guidance, navigation, control and parachute recovery systems of the …

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JCS Chair Dempsey Outlines 2020 Military Strategy

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey gave National Guard leaders an abridged outline of the U.S. military strategy for 2020 during the Guard’s Leadership Conference, as reported by the Defense Department. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff indicated that leaders must look beyond near-term problems, to address them, but to …

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Citizen Archivist Dashboard in the Making

The National Archives and Records Administration reportedly has plans to launch a Citizen Archivist Dashboard where volunteers will be able to transcribe, tag and post articles about scanned NARA documents, according to Pamela Wright, the agency’s chief digital access strategist. According to a report from NextGov, the dashboard is set to launch in December and …

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Defense Cyber Research Spending to Go Up 50% by 2017

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to increase its cybersecurity research spending by 50 percent over the next five years, DARPA Director Regina Dugan said Monday according to a report in InformationWeek. DARPA’s budget request for fiscal year 2012, which began Oct. 1, called for its cyber research funding …

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Panetta Paints Budget Picture in NY Times Interview

Once considered not on the table, cuts to health and retirement benefits are being considered by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, according to a report by the New York Times. The Pentagon is facing budget cuts of $450 billion, between 7 and 8 percent of its budget, over the next decade. …

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Air Force Cutting 13.5K Jobs By Next Year

Federal Times is reporting the Air Force is set to cut 2,100 civilian positions through restructuring and workforce reshaping at the Air Force Materiel Command. It plans to cut 13,500 positions by Oct. 1, 2012. This is all part of the Air Force’s broader effort to reduce and reshape its …

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Obama Announces Aid Initiative to Help Vets Find Work

President Obama announced three new initiatives to help veterans find jobs during a speech from the Rose Garden Monday and asked Congress to pass two provisions in his jobs proposal that would grant businesses tax credits for every unemployed veteran hired. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit would cover 40 percent …

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IRS to Offer Buyouts, Early Retirements to Employees

The Internal Revenue Service is the latest agency to offer its employees buyouts and early retirements, according to a report from Federal News Radio. IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said in a statement buyouts will be offered to employees whose positions do not involve “direct service or enforcement interactions with taxpayers.” …

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