Some members of the Interior Department will have the option to work remotely

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  • the Defense Information Systems Agency received high marks in the study from the perspective of federal government employees. The organization ranked in the top 10 of the 33 Department of Defense agencies. Employees gave DISA strong ratings on overall employee engagement, leadership, and overall satisfaction. The survey also noted that DISA employees feel their supervisors listen to and support them.
  • Some Interior Department employees will see their remote work options expand. This comes in direct response to results from the Office of Personnel Management’s 2021 Federal Employee Perspective Survey. In the 2021 FEVS, Interior employee satisfaction with their job, pay and organization increased from 67% in 2020 to 65% in 2021. In response, Interior is adding more remote work opportunities for supervisors and managers. Additionally, the department will implement remote work arrangements for eligible employees who have requested to work from home.
  • The Department of State’s vision for the future of work begins with accessibility. Assistant Secretary for Management and Resources Brian McKeon said the agency sees telecommuting as something that a large part of the workforce can benefit from, especially for employees who don’t work on shifts. classified issues. “We are going to have to adapt and have a hybrid work environment that offers flexibility to employees. McKeon said on April 25, the State Department reached the “all functions” point of its COVID framework, which means more employees are returning to their offices. McKeon said the department has developed a mobility assessment tool, which is a questionnaire that examines each position by mission or function, and offers a maximum score for telework eligibility. (Federal News Network)
  • the agriculture department will improve accessibility for LGBTQIA+ Americans who must enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The USDA will strengthen the prohibition against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The goal is to make sure SNAP is accessible to more Americans. This effort is consistent with the White House Executive Order on Combating Discrimination Against LGBTQIA+ People. The update also aligns with the USDA’s new four-year strategic plan, which establishes an equity commission to advance opportunities for underserved communities.
  • the Aviation places greater emphasis on good behavior and personal growth in new handbooks for enlisted Airmen. The Air Force places issues of sexual assault, harassment, bullying and hazing at the top of its priority list for enlisted Airmen. The service has updated its famous blue and brown books, which give Airmen advice on skills to cultivate to enhance their careers. Documents describe Airmen as a jack-of-all-trades in the military. It also tells enlisted personnel to maintain a high level of character, trust, respect and inclusion.
  • The House could vote today on a $40 billion defense supplement to send more military aid to Ukraine. The measure is larger than the $33 billion package President Biden requested last month, but is not expected to include the COVID relief funds he offered as part of the package. Defense officials say they will run out of funding for military aid shipments in the next three weeks unless Congress passes another supplement. (Federal News Network)
  • The Pentagon’s inspector general tells Defense health officials they need to pay attention to potentially serious patient safety issues stemming from the DoD’s new electronic health record. the new management board is based on a survey of healthcare providers that the IG conducted in October 2020, but was only made public last week. The survey found that the majority of military clinicians using MHS GENESIS encountered inaccurate or outdated patient information. Nearly 94% said data issues impacted patient care. The IG said the DoD needs to determine if the issues still exist. The DoD, for its part, said it has already made substantial improvements to GENESIS in 2021.
  • Army CIO says industry times are changing and they must change too. The days of the large monolithic system in the military are over. Army Chief Information Officer Raj Iyer told an industry audience in Philadelphia yesterday that the use of non-standard proprietary software would not occur under his watch. The military will no longer spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a system and run it for 10 or 20 years. Iyer said the shift to data centrality requires the military to be vendor-agnostic, use APIs and leverage microservices. The aim is to continuously modernize systems and applications.
  • A year after a devastating ransomware attack, the Transportation Security Administration has stepped up its oversight of pipeline cybersecurity. Today, TSA employs more than 20 specialists specializing in pipeline cybersecurity. The agency has also imposed new cybersecurity requirements on pipeline operators since last year’s Colonial Pipeline hack led to fuel shortages along the East Coast. The TSA said these requirements have yet to disrupt pipeline operations. During this time, the transport department proposed a nearly $1 million fine for Colonial Pipeline last week. Safety regulators say Colonial’s inability to schedule a manual shutdown and restart of its pipeline network has contributed to disruptive fuel shortages. (Federal News Network)
  • A major tech industry group is lobbying the Securities and Exchange Commission to delay new cybersecurity requirements. The proposed rule would require public companies to disclose cybersecurity incidents within four days. the Information Technology Industry Council said the current proposal could inadvertently expose unpatched vulnerabilities. ITI said it also conflicts with a new law requiring some companies to report incidents to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The group said delaying the rule could give the SEC and stakeholders time to address these issues.
  • the Census Bureau Opportunity Project seeks to pair agencies with private sector teams to unlock new benefits from federal data. The office invites participants to join one of this summer’s development sprints. The Commerce Department and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are looking for experts who can use the data to help communities access infrastructure grant funding. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking at data-driven ways to improve communities’ climate resilience.
  • The US Patent and Trademark Office sent an official thanking the law firms that helped the little guys protect their inventions. Twenty law firms and companies, as well as 125 individual volunteers received this year Pro Bono Achievement Certificate. The pro bono program, created by Congress in 2011, connects volunteer intellectual property practitioners with inventors. According to the USPTO, last year volunteers spent at least 50 hours each, helping inventors obtain 250 patents at no cost.

Betty K. Park