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Postal service management reminds employees to follow online rules

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  • As the omicron variant continues to spread, the Pentagon is taking new precautions. The Pentagon’s reservation is extending its maximum teleworking policy until the end of January 2022. That’s when the United States is approaching record cases of COVID-19 nationwide. The Pentagon will continue to limit official visits to the building to those critical to the mission. Unofficial visitors will not be allowed in the building. The Pentagon reservation will also extend its policy of maintaining occupancy to 40% of its capacity. The Department of Defense as a whole is encouraging employees to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to test for COVID if they return to the office after the vacation. (Federal Information Network)
  • The impact of the omicron variant is felt by the Navy. Two ships experienced major epidemics, but no serious illness. About a quarter of the USS Milwaukee’s crew have tested positive for the virus in recent days. The coastal combat ship remains in place at Guantanamo Bay due to the outbreak. The destroyer USS Hallsey, meanwhile, is delaying its transfer from Hawaii to San Diego. This ship reported that about a third of its crew tested positive, but most had only mild symptoms or none. (AP-Federal Information Network)
  • A new bill in Congress would require the Defense Ministry to examine the implications of climate change for national security. Representative Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) Introduced the Climate Readiness Act, which would require the DoD to submit a report to Congress illustrating the impact of climate change on the military. The bill would require the DoD to show how climate change could exacerbate current global conflicts, as well as how the DoD could respond to them.
  • The postal service asks its employees to think twice before posting an article about working online. The USPS reminds employees and contractors to avoid speaking on behalf of the agency through social media unless they are authorized to do so. The USPS said its policy does not prevent employees from having a social media presence, but encourages employees to note that they do not speak for the agency. USPS policy requires that employees have written permission from its social and legal media teams before representing the agency in an official capacity online. The USPS warns that violating the policy could result in termination or other punitive action.
  • Immigration and customs law enforcement officers will begin wearing body cameras as part of the a new program. Homeland Security Investigations special agents in New York, Newark and Houston are the first to be forced to use body cameras for planned operations. Enforcement and takedown operations staff will also begin wearing the cameras at a later date. Everyone participating in the program will receive training on how to use the devices and download their data.
  • The agency that oversees Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty is tackling shortcomings in its staff and national security processes. The State Department Inspector General, in a heavily drafted report released on Monday, said the US Agency for Global Media was accused earlier this year by its former CEO Michael Pack grant invalid access and security clearances to personnel. The IG said the agency has made improvements in these areas since 2018. Its workforce is largely made up of journalists who do not have access to classified information.
  • They don’t like everything in it, but this group agrees with most of what is in the newly signed National Defense Authorization Act. The bill, signed Monday by President Joe Biden, receives qualified endorsement from the Federal Managers Association. The group, which represents federal mid-level supervisory employees, said it supported the bill as a whole. But FMA president Craig Carter said the association didn’t like it reducing the probationary period from two to one year for new civilian employees at the Defense Department. A one-year policy study has yet to be presented to Congress.
  • The Patent and Trademark Office is about to start modernizing the end-to-end trademark process. Under $ 87 million contract with Accenture Federal Services, the USPTO plans to apply the DevSecOps process to everything from filing to registration, including lawyer review and arbitration. Trademark Commissioner David Gooder said in August that one of the first modernization efforts will be to apply automation to areas that cause small problems. Over the past year, PTO has seen the number of trademark applications skyrocket to over one million in 2021. PTO awarded the seven-year award to Accenture Federal as part of the Alliant government acquisition contract 2 of the GSA.
  • The Department of Homeland Security has one year to produce a Critical Supply Chain Vulnerability Report. New legislation authorizes DHS conduct research on supply chain vulnerabilities that threaten critical infrastructure and economic security. The legislation was included in the Defense Authorization Bill signed by President Biden this week. It requires DHS to identify critical areas and assess how their disruption would pose a threat to homeland security. Lawmakers remain concerned about shortages of essential supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A first DHS report is due to lawmakers next December.
  • The Defense Department may miss tens of thousands of hazing cases in its reports. A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that the Pentagon has only followed up on formal complaints of hazing. This means that many unofficial concerns go unrecorded. Additionally, the GAO said the National Guard does not have the proper channels to collect information about the hazing. (Federal Information Network)
  • The most advanced weather observation and environmental monitoring system in the Western Hemisphere will be launched in two months. The satellite is managed by NOAA and NASA. It’s called GOES-T for geostationary operational environmental satellites and will provide critical data for the West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America and the Pacific Ocean. The satellite is part of the GOES-R series of satellites for creating advanced atmospheric imagery and measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and for monitoring space weather.
  • Immigration and customs enforcement preparing a new cloud competition by early 2022. ICE plans to issue a solicitation for a “cloud infrastructure hosting” contract by the end of January. A acquisition forecast published by Homeland Security shows that the contract will be worth more than $ 100 million. ICE looks for offers approved by FEDRamp, but the agency will consider services that do not have FEDRamp approval at the discretion of ICE’s Chief Information Security Officer.
  • The work of agency reviewers aligns with many of the management objectives of the Biden administration. But a majority of these officials tell the Data Foundation and the American Evaluation Association they are understaffed and under-resourced. Three-quarters of evaluators in a recent survey said they have an office of five or less. Half of the respondents said they have an annual budget of $ 1 million or less. Only a small portion of assessment offices reported having more than 25 on staff or a budget of over $ 25 million.