‘Stunning’ Executive Order Would Politicize Civil Service

Sponsor Content

How to Get the Most from Your Agency’s Modernization Efforts

These days, constituents expect government websites to offer the same speed, security and ease-of-use as any smartphone app.

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Salem, Mass. Hopes to Scare Away Halloween Visitors

Known for its dark history, the Witch City’s annual Halloween festivities traditionally draw large crowds. But officials this year hope business closures, fines, and limited transit and parking options will keep tourists at bay.

Pay & Benefits

Medicare and Open Season

Here’s some information to help you make some very important decisions.

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College Students in One State Will Still Get to Vote There, Even if They’re Learning Remotely in a Different State

New Hampshire will allow some college students who attend school in the Granite State to cast ballots there, even if remote learning has them living in their home states.

Sponsor Content

A High Cost of Poor Citizen Service

Of the 325 federal mobile apps currently available, only 5% of citizens actually use them and close to 60% of citizens would rather pick up the phone than deal with government websites.

Management

House Democrats Renew Calls for Bill Giving Election Agency More Funding and Responsibility 

The “For the People Act” would bolster funding and responsibilities for the Election Assistance Commission.

Workforce

Coronavirus Roundup: Critical FDA Meeting Today; Fauci On Mistrust of Government

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.

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Nextgov

How Customer Experience Leaders Are ‘Hardwiring’ CX Across Government

Cross-pollination and communication among agencies are helping build the discipline of customer experience across government.

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Management

Veterans Affairs Secretary Headlines GOP Fundraiser as COVID-19 Cases Surge

Electioneering by a cabinet secretary is unusual by historical standards, but Trump administration officials continue to show no reluctance to play politics.

Management

Viewpoint: The Postal Service Will Deliver on Mail-In Voting

The election outcome will impact the policy path the Postal Service will follow in the years to come, argues a former chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Workforce

GovExec Daily: How to Foster a Culture of Civility and Empathy

Former State Department official Shelby Scarbrough joins the podcast to discuss her book that draws from George Washington's rules for civility.

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States Are Getting Close to Spending Down Federal Covid Aid

Two surveys of state and local officials find that states and local governments are using up the money, but that restrictions on how it can be spent have been problematic.

Pay & Benefits

Salary Council: Federal Workers Make 23% Less than Private Sector Counterparts

The advisory council on federal compensation recommended that Carroll County, Ill., be added to the Davenport-Moline, Iowa-Ill., locality pay area.

Management

Census Pulls Back on Year-End Delivery Commitment, Pushes Decision to Career Staff

Rushing in an effort to truncate the data processing timeline has "some risks," bureau official admits.

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OxyContin Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges in Opioid Lawsuit

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Iowa misspent $21 million in coronavirus relief funds, audit finds ... California city will launch a pilot program to guarantee income for some residents ... Georgia voters may not know who funded campaigns before casting ballots.

Management

Advisory Agency Recommends Phaseout and Replacement of Disability Employment Program

The National Council on Disability raised concerns about the AbilityOne Program’s fulfillment of goals for moving more employees into higher paying jobs.

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Tulsa Unearths Mass Grave in Search for Race Massacre Victims

This week is the second time this year the city has dug for lost victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the first time they’ve found something.

Oversight

USPS Launched DeJoy's Changes Without Considering Impact, IG Says

Auditors confirm that reforms led to mail delays, fault Postal Service for poor communication.

Management

Trump Administration Requests Info on Contractor Diversity Training as Officials Seek to Clarify What’s Allowed

Federal officials now say at least some unconscious bias training is all right under a recent controversial executive order.

Nextgov

‘For the First Time In Many Years,’ OPM Has a Plan To Fix Its Tech

The agency will need funding, a skilled staff, consistent leadership and more funding to successfully implement the CIO’s latest plan, according to the inspector general.