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  • Personal trainers are all around the gymnasium, however they might quickly be within the navy. The Army is embedding nutritionists, bodily health consultants and coaches into energetic responsibility brigades in hopes of accelerating efficiency and chopping down on accidents. The Army says it would place consultants in 110 brigades. The effort will contain 500 troopers, 700 Army civilian staff and almost 2,000 contractors. The navy has been rethinking the best way troops prepare after many have ended up unable to deploy due to musculoskeletal accidents. The Army lately modified its bodily health check to be much less demanding on the physique and to assist troopers keep wholesome longer.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Air Force are teaming as much as assist girls leaving the navy get the well being providers they want. The digital coaching, taught by girls veterans, will cowl matters like enrolling within the VA, using female-specific providers and understanding the Veterans Health Administration. The course can be accessible to all energetic responsibility, guard and reserve service girls. The classes are supplied twice a day till the tip of the yr. The 2021 schedule is presently being finalized.
  • All seven members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been cleared to finish their self-quarantine they started after a possible coronavirus publicity. The nation’s prime navy leaders had been working from house for the previous two weeks. But Pentagon officers stated they got the all-clear on the finish of final week after every of them had a number of consecutive adverse checks. The self-quarantine started when Adm. Charles Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard examined optimistic earlier this month. Ray had attended a Joint Chiefs assembly a number of days earlier. (Federal News Network)
  • The Supreme Court has agreed to listen to a case alleging the president violated federal legislation by diverting Defense Department funds to construct his border wall. A federal appeals courtroom has already discovered the administration usurped Congress’s energy of the purse when it redirected billions from the Defense finances, however the White House is in search of to have that ruling overturned. The case is unlikely to be determined till subsequent yr. (Federal News Network)
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs is getting ready a brand new buyer expertise cookbook of greatest practices and different classes for the remainder of authorities. VA stated it would advise businesses to construct CX into federal laws, inside company insurance policies and proposed laws. It’s additionally launching a brand new CX coaching institute for VA well being staff. These staff will be taught buyer expertise greatest practices by means of a written curriculum after which a sensible mission the place they’ll apply new abilities. The institute will begin later this fall with college students within the affected person expertise. (Federal News Network)
  • The Agriculture Department is taking huge steps to get a deal with on its information. USDA has stood up over 500 dashboards that give company executives and staff new insights into every day operations. Those dashboards give supervisors on the Forest Service, for instance, an built-in view of metrics on timber gross sales, and provides meals security scientists real-time entry to laboratory information. Meanwhile, a COVID-19 dashboard has helped company executives make key selections about reopening services. (Federal News Network)
  • NASA’s chief procurement officer and assistant administrator for procurement Monica Manning is leaving for a brand new company. Federal News Network confirmed Manning instructed employees Friday that she has taken a brand new place with the Federal Reserve. Her final day is Nov. 6. NASA stated Bill Roets, the deputy assistant administrator for procurement, will function the appearing assistant administrator for procurement, till a everlasting alternative is called. Roets has been with NASA since 2008. Manning has been with NASA since 2003 and likewise serves as a member of the Federal Acquisition Regulations Council as considered one of three signatories.
  • The Federal Acquisition Security Council laid out its strategic course. With initiatives to safe the federal expertise provide chain popping up like spring flowers, a brand new council is able to play gardener. The Federal Acquisition Security Council’s strategic plan particulars three pillars and a dozen strategic actions it would concentrate on within the close to future. The council goals to be a central hub to unify federal provide chain threat administration efforts. It will develop uniform standards to extend capabilities and assist businesses mature their processes to purchase and use expertise they’ll belief. (Federal News Network)
  • A brand new class of Presidential Innovation Fellows started their yearlong tour of responsibility at 22 businesses. The program recruits trade professionals with experience in information science, software program engineering, and product design. Their portfolio of upcoming work consists of combatting adversarial synthetic intelligence on the Energy Department, and creating digital well being platforms on the National Institutes of Health to assist struggle the coronavirus pandemic. (General Services Administration)
  • Another cupboard official is the topic of a Hatch Act investigation. At problem are current feedback from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about releasing new emails from Hillary Clinton. The Office of Special Counsel agreed to research. Progressive group American Oversight argues Pompeo’s feedback are too near the upcoming presidential election. OSC lately discovered Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue violated the Hatch Act when he spoke concerning the president’s reelection marketing campaign.
  • It’s time to get severe about China-proofing the U.S. data and communications expertise provide base, a Congressionally-chartered fee stated. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission stated dependency on China threatens the trustworthiness of those applied sciences. The fee launched a 50-page information — the fourth white paper it’s revealed — on constructing a trusted provide chain. It requires the federal government to assist set up three to 5 manufacturing clusters to make essential elements on U.S. soil, and for the Defense Department to launch extra spectrum to the home telecom market.
  • Participation within the Thrift Savings Plan’s Lifecycle funds is rising. A document 2.7 million TSP members are invested in one of many funds — that quantities to 45% of all TSP members. The majority are invested within the L-2050 fund, however the L-2030 fund has essentially the most belongings. Over 1.6 members are fully invested in one of many L funds. The TSP gave members extra choices this summer time when it added a handful of latest L funds in five-year increments.


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