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The General Services Administration (GSA) cut the ribbon on the agency’s first Workplace Innovation Lab, officially opening the office space of the future to Federal employees on Jan. 25.

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According to a recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report, women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) account for only 29 percent of the STEM Federal workforce. Christine Finnelle and Nicole Willis are a part of that one-third.

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A virtual job fair organized today by Tech to Gov in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is targeting a wide range of Federal government technology and related positions as part of the government’s goal to restock its tech ranks amid a slowdown in hiring by the private sector.

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When it comes to building a resilient modernization effort, the people aspect of that task is “way more important” than the technology aspect, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Rajiv Uppal.

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The Federal government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has posted a request for information (RFI) and comment focused on the commission’s draft strategic enforcement plan for 2023-2027, including the plan’s aims to combat technology-driven hiring discrimination.

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Rural broadband

Thousands of additional workers will be needed to build out infrastructure associated with tens of billions of dollars in funding from eight recent government broadband infrastructure deployment programs, the Federal government’s chief watchdog agency said.

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At the first-ever White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a slew of bold actions to expand access and opportunity across the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) workforce ecosystem. 

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is asking agencies to take a number of actions to better track progress on the first priority in the President’s Management Agenda (PMA), which aims to strengthen and empower the Federal workforce.

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As Silicon Valley companies continue to lay off thousands of tech workers, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is actively recruiting many of those facing layoffs – and may soon be able to pay them a salary more comparable to private sector levels.

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As Gen X transitions to become the next leaders within the government and Gen Z begins to enter the Federal workforce, it’s imperative that the Federal government works to retain high-quality staff from both age groups to ensure uninterrupted mission delivery, a recent report from the Partnership for Public Service says.

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Two senior Federal officials doing vital work on climate issues are preaching to the younger generation a message to join the government workforce so they can help stave off the worst outcomes of climate change – despite what one called the “crap money.”

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A key priority of the Biden-Harris Administration has been marketing Federal jobs to younger workers as nearly one-third of current civil servants get ready to age out of government.  While younger generations of workers figure to be more tech-savvy, the coming influx begs another   question in the age of cybersecurity: do Gen Z’ers and Millennials have good cyber hygiene while on the job?

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It’s no secret the Federal government can’t compete with the private sector when it comes to pay for many job classifications. But Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kiran Ahuja said this week that Federal agencies often compete with themselves when it comes to attracting talent, and OPM is looking into a Special Salary Rate to even the playing field between agencies.

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Robin Carnahan

As telework and hybrid work have become part of the new normal for the Federal government, General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Robin Carnahan said her agency is rethinking the use of physical building space and will be rolling out coworking spaces for agencies to test in November.

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Oki Mek, who became the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) first chief artificial intelligence officer in late 2020 and left government service in February of this year, landed at Microsoft in August as the company’s chief information security officer (CISO) for the Federal civilian sector.

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The White House’s Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) is calling on stakeholders across the tech industry to provide their insight and expertise on the agency’s strategy to address the severe shortages in cyber workforce, training, and education.

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Simply training people for the tech jobs that need to be filled by government won’t solve the mounting level of job vacancies in those fields, according to Matisha Montgomery, chief learning officer, talent development and workforce planning division, at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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In 2022, modernizing the Federal government’s workforce means leveraging technology to address past and present diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) challenges, government officials said this week.

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