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OPM Implements Direct Hire Authority to Fill Critical IT Positions

The Office of Personnel Management released a final rule implementing direct-hire authority for mission-critical information technology positions. OPM said in the document published Wednesday that the authority will allow agency leaders to bypass select steps in hiring new personnel to address the shortage of applicants in critical IT roles. 

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Margaret Weichert on Performance Management, People’s Role in Tech Change Initiatives

Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, told Federal Times in an interview published Tuesday about the role of workforce in technology change initiatives and the agency’s plan to focus on performance management. “Performance management is an area where we’re looking very closely at things that are in the regulatory realm: areas where there are perhaps artificial barriers to rewarding people, limits imposed on how much they could be given a bonus — or how bonuses are distributed between, let’s say, SES and our senior technical leaders, the SL cadre of folks,” Weichert said.

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Karl Schultz: Coast Guard Facing $2B Backlog of Shore Infrastructure

Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, said that the service faces a more than $1.7 billion shore infrastructure backlog, USNI News reported Friday. Schultz noted during his “State of the Coast Guard” speech at USCG’s Los Angeles-Long Beach base that the service’s purchasing power has reduced by almost 10 percent, and that it's working through the obstacles such as understaffing and outdated systems. 

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Trump Administration Seeks to Bolster Incentives for Top Federal Employees

Following the launch of a federal initiative to provide workers with new skills in information technology, cyber security and law enforcement, the Trump administration is rethinking its compensation and performance management to help in workforce modernization, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

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House Veterans Affairs Panel Seeking IT Experts to Monitor $10B Health Record Update

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the panel faces challenges in hiring information technology specialists who will help lawmakers monitor the $10 billion electronic health record overhaul at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Nextgov reported Monday.

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Navy Planning to Establish University System by 2020

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has signed a memorandum creating a Naval University System to maintain U.S. military edge, the Department of Defense said Tuesday. The service branch is seeking to establish a Naval Community College system to cover masters degrees for unrestricted line and general officers focusing on strategic studies.

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Air Force, Army Working on New Contracts to Expand Military Cyber Training

The U.S. Air Force and Army issued solicitations seeking industry support for new initiatives to expand the cyber training environment for U.S. service members, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The Army is aiming to build new cyber ranges in Orlando and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Charleston, S. C., and in Patuxent River, Md to increase cybersecurity training and certification events for its troops.

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