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Report Details Workforce Management Issues for State, Local Gov’t in 2019

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence has found new researching detailing the potential challenges facing state and local governments in managing public sector employees in 2019. SLGE said Thursday that some efforts from top government officials in the coming year should focus on issues related to retirement benefit programs, personnel recruitment and retention, workforce development, financial security, and retirement systems and policies. 

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Gov’t Employees Consider Workforce Training, Development Critical to Federal IT Modernization

A recent study has revealed that, on average, roughly half of federal government employees consider workforce training and development to be the most critical element in achieving information technology modernization at their respective agencies. The study was conducted by the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council in partnership with news organization MeriTalk.

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Study: Drone Tech Proliferation Puts Regional, International Security at Risk

Foeke Postma and Wim Zwijnenburg of the Dutch non-government organization PAX stated in a July 2018 study that the proliferation of drone technology would likely put regional and international security at risk. The researchers subsequently called for “a vigorous assessment” to make sure drone technology is used “within existing legal frameworks” and conforms to international norms.

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DoD to Examine Feasibility of Lockable Opioid Package

The Defense Department will conduct a feasibility study on the use of locking vials to prevent opioid pilfering and abuse in an effort to comply with a provision in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Safe RX said Thursday the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act also provides funds to state and local government agencies to research the …

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Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, DoD to Collaborate on Devt of Strategy to Address Potential Nuclear Threats

The U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board will help the Defense Department develop a strategy to address potential nuclear missile issues brought by its connectivity to the rest of the warfighting system, Nextgov reported Friday. Patrick Tucker writes Werner J.A. Dahm, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board chair, said nuclear systems such as …

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GAO Evaluates DoD’s Efforts to Develop Inventory Monitoring Strategy

The Defense Department is working to implement eight open recommendations from the Government Accountability Office on issues regarding the inventory of contracted services such as the development of a strategy to compile the inventory and define roles of stakeholders. A GAO study published Monday says DoD faces issues such as an underlying inventory …

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Army Research Lab: Nanotechnology has Potential to Advance Engine Technology

The Army Research Laboratory has conducted research on nanotechnology that indicate nanomaterials could potentially work to advance engine technology. The study led by Kristopher Darling, a materials scientist with ARL’s lightweight and specialty metals branch, could drive the discovery of new materials applications for nanotechnology such as for turbine engines, the U.S. Army said Tuesday. Darling and his team …

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Air Force Research Lab Studies Metal Fatigue in Aircraft Components

The Air Force Research Laboratory has conducted a study on metal fatigue in aircraft components to learn more about microscopic crack formations and their possible effects on aircraft safety. The metals branch of the lab’s materials and manufacturing directorate investigated the early stages of crack formation in turbine engine materials to find …

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GAO: OPM Director Should Work with Agencies to Support Hiring Efforts

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Office of Personnel Management director work with agencies to aid hiring efforts and analyze the extent to which hiring authorities meet requirements and refine, eliminate or expand authorities as necessary. GAO said in a report published Thursday that OPM should sustain the Hiring Excellence Campaign‘s …

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NIST Conducts Study on Occupant Evacuation Elevator for People with Mobility Impairments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a report on the challenges faced by people with mobility impairments during emergency evacuations from multi-story buildings. NIST said Friday it conducted the Perspectives of Occupants with Mobility Impairments on Fire Evacuation and Elevators study through face-to-face interviews with 51 persons that have mobility impairments to …

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