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David Berger’s Planning Guidance Puts Focus on Marine Corps’ Force Design

Gen. David Berger, the U.S. Marine Corps commandant, said that he is focused on updating force design in an effort to “modernize for the future during a recently released strategy,” Federal News Network reported Monday. Berger wrote in the 38th Commandant’s Planning Guidance that the Marine Corps should avoid prioritizing mass over quality for its manpower model and that it must move away from legacy defense programs.

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Lisa Gordon-Hagerty: Hiring Efforts, Security Clearance Reforms Key to Addressing NNSA’s Staffing Issues

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said at the agency’s recent job fair outside Washington, D.C. that new hiring efforts may help NNSA address staff shortages, Federal Times reported Wednesday. Gordon-Hagerty noted that NNSA is looking to hire more than 100 people to help the agency fill positions that will soon be vacant within five years after 40 percent of its workforce reach retirement age. 

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OPM Acting Director Margaret Weichert Releases Performance Management Guidelines

Margaret Weichert, acting director at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, has released a memorandum to guide agencies in the pursuit of performance management and award programs. Weichert said in a letter posted Friday that she advises agencies to only award and highly rate employees who have displayed highest performance levels. 

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SBA Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Training to Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Administration intends to award grants up to $150,000 to non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to implement entrepreneurship training programs to service-disabled veterans. In addition, $300,000 will be provided to six recipients to support developmental initiatives for veterans to assist them in establishing small business through the Service-Disabled Entrepreneurship Training Program, SBA said Monday.

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Pentagon Holds Workshop for Early Career Procurement Workforce

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, administered a workshop to determine the status and opportunities of the Department of Defense's procurement workforce. The workshop took place at the Pentagon and revolved around a variety of related topics including talent mobility, attraction and retention and work-life balance, DoD said Monday.

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Brian Thomas: NASA Eyes AI, Machine Learning Use in Four Categories

Brian Thomas, a data scientist at NASA and program manager for Open Innovation, said the space agency is looking to advance the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in aeronautics, human capital, information technology support and operations, Federal Times reported Friday. Thomas said on Wednesday that NASA plans to use AI and ML technologies to help with antenna positioning operations in order to facilitate contact with satellites during the AI World Government Conference. 

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Chris Mihm: Most Agencies Face Critical Cyber Workforce Issues

Chris Mihm, managing director for intergovernmental relations and strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, said at an event in Washington, D.C. that most agencies are facing a “critical skills gap”, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Sixteen out of 35 areas under GAO’s High Risk List are rooted in human capital issues, according to Mihm.

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OMB Issues Federal Cloud Computing Strategy; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget released the final Cloud Smart strategy on Monday to help federal agencies accelerate the adoption of cloud platforms. The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy retains the proposed programs and measures stated in the draft strategy issued in September and calls for agencies to rationalize their application portfolios to facilitate cloud adoption.

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DOJ Using New Authority, Framework to Build Cyber Workforce

The Justice Department is implementing its direct-hire authority as well as a National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education-based approach to establish its cyber workforce and codify related roles, Federal News Network reported Monday. Greg Hall, chief information security officer and assistant director for information system security at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, said at a DOJ event that the Investment Review Board authorized the hiring of personnel in information system security, governance policy and compliance manager roles.

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Fleet Cyber Command’s Civilian Employees Offered Transition to Navy’s Enterprise Cyber Service

Employees under the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command’s General Schedule unit may opt to shift their duties to the Department of the Navy’s Cyber Excepted Service through August 18th, the Navy said Wednesday. Congress authorized the Department of Defense to create the enterprise-wide CES personnel system in 2016 to improve the management of civilian cyber personnel.

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