Nextgov

Hunt Begins for New 18F Director

The current executive director will be leaving by February.

Nextgov

White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative

The document refocuses objectives from the country’s 2016 computing plan.

Oversight

Trump’s Anger With IG Over Impeachment Role Highlights High Watchdog Vacancy Rate

There is “a long history of resistance” to inspectors general from the administrations in which they serve, says Paul Light.

Nextgov

Lawmakers Propose Bill Limiting Government's Use of Facial Recognition

The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before conducting facial recognition surveillance.

Defense

Apprehensions of Undocumented Immigrants on the Southwest Border Continue to Fall

The figure is the lowest since July 2018 and marks the fifth consecutive month that the number has dropped.

Route Fifty

Kansas Faces Charges Foster Care System is Broken

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kentucky governor concedes … Lawsuit could purge Wisconsin voters … Baltimore hits 300 homicides for fifth consecutive year.

Management

Trump Effort to Weaken Union Lawsuit Could Be Unlawful

Labor law experts say a memo granting the Federal Labor Relations Authority the ability to fire members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel undermines the law establishing the two boards.

Nextgov

Amazon Cites ‘Political Influence’ in Coming JEDI Protest

Amazon will fight over the $10 billion cloud contract that the Pentagon awarded to Microsoft in October.

Management

Postal Service Doubles Annual Losses to $8.8 Billion

USPS is no longer seeing accelerating growth from its shipping and package business.

Route Fifty

A Proposal to Treat Icy Winter Roads with Beet Juice

Lawmakers in Michigan want the Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of adding beet juice to road salt to treat icy roads in the winter.

Nextgov

Officials: Shared Services Implementation Begins But Journey Will Be Long

Three of the four initial focus areas are ready to move beyond the standards-setting phase to implementation, with GSA’s payroll program leading the way.

Management

State Dept. Violated Civil Service Laws in Transferring Employee, IG Finds

The report is the second this year to substantiate allegations of illegal political retaliation against civil servants at State.

Route Fifty

For a City That Didn’t Burn, Challenges Continue a Year After California’s Most Destructive Wildfire

Officials say the city of Chico is strained by the influx of newcomers displaced by last year’s Camp Fire—but as a place untouched by wildfires, they aren't eligible for emergency funds to help with the sudden population growth.

Workforce

Nearly Half of Sexual Harassers Can Go Back to Work

After getting fired for sexual harassment in the workplace, many harassers are able to come back to work because of weak company policies.

Tech

U.S. Vets Targeted by Foreign Actors Aiming to Sway Elections, Experts Tell Congress

Actors from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and elsewhere gain access to online forums by impersonating vets they find online

Management

Behind Medicare for All: The Sleeper Issue No One Is Debating

If Medicare is expanded to cover all Americans, someone will have to do the back-office work the insurance companies now perform.

Route Fifty

After Virginia Beach Mass Shooting, Report Calls for Improved Security and Other Changes

The independent report made 58 recommendations, ranging from significant changes to the city’s management of human resources to increased workplace violence prevention training.

Nextgov

How Chilean Protesters Took Down a Drone With Standard Laser Pointers

The low-powered presentation tool/dangerous children’s toy is becoming a weapon of choice for protesters around the world trying to take down or disable surveillance tech.