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Executive Order to Direct Federal Contractors to Provide COVID-19 Safeguards to Workforce

White House

The White House has issued an executive order that requires federal contractors to provide safety protocols to their employees to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as part of efforts to improve the economy and efficiency in federal procurement. The policy directs executive departments and agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments contain a clause requiring vendors and subcontractors to comply with the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force’s guidance for workplace locations.

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OPM Seeks to Help Modernize Federal Workforce Competency Models via Data Collection Initiative

Office of Personnel

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has launched the Federal Workforce Competency Initiative (FWCI), a workforce data collection effort that aims to support recruitment, training, performance management, career development, job design and other human capital activities by updating agencies' competency models with current data. The survey will take approximately three weeks. 

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GAO Reports on Agencies’ Progress in Implementing Recommendations to Strengthen Federal Science and Tech Workforce

Federal Science and

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report summarizing its insights on previous work and recommendations encompassing three areas for building up the federal workforce in science and technology. “We testified that while agencies have implemented some of our prior recommendations, they haven't fully implemented others,” GAO said in the report.

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NGA to Increase Opportunities for Neurodiverse Workforce; Dr. Stacey Dixon Quoted

Dr. Stacey Dixon

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will strive to increase workforce opportunities for neurodiverse individuals. NGA launched its Neurodiverse Federal Workforce pilot program in Dec. 2020. The agency will foster partnerships with MITRE and Melwood to provide jobs for people with disabilities. "NGA mission success is contingent on a world-class workforce with a wide diversity of opinions and expertise,” NGA deputy director and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Dr. Stacey Dixon

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Suzette Kent: Federal Agencies Can Now Reconsider Physical Needs, Future Digital Roadmap

Suzette Kent

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said there has been an expanded use of digital tools as more federal employees telework due to the coronavirus pandemic and that agencies can now begin to reassess their physical requirements, Federal Times reported Thursday.

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Proposed OPM Rule Seeks to Facilitate Hiring of Former Federal Employees

The Office of Personnel Management has proposed a rule that allows agencies to hire former federal personnel who have acquired higher-level skillsets and appoint them without competition to roles at any grade level for which they are qualified.

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White House Announces Gears of Government President’s Award Winners

The White House announced on Monday that the recipients of the Gears of Government President’s Award, which seeks to acknowledge the contributions of federal employees and teams who help improve the lives of U.S. citizens. “These awards recognize not just the front-line mission employees, but also those teams and individuals that are strengthening our country to be a more modern, effective government to better serve their fellow citizens,” Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of management and Budget, said in a statement published Monday.

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