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Wake up with the Gov - GovCentral Morning Round-up February 10

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

OPM director considers overhaul of civil service system
Joe Davidson, curator of Washington Post’s Federal Diary, gives a glimpse of an impending shake-up for civil service employees in the federal government. OPM Director John Berry is looking at ways to refresh the antiquated 60-year old General Schedule pay system.
Read more at the Washington Post

For Telecommuters, It’s Not About Going To Work
More than a third of companies now allow at least some employees to do their jobs from home. As telecommuting becomes more mainstream, a handful of states provide tax credits to encourage it, and the Obama administration is advocating it as a way to reduce traffic and promote work-family balance.
Read more at NPR.org

GSA set to announce new federal cafeteria contracts
The General Service Administration will announce this week the winner of the first in a series of new federal cafeteria contracts that encourage the use of healthier food, organic and locally procured food, and advanced recycling and waste management programs. The effort is part of an administration drive to improve the health of federal employees and direct government dollars to companies that embrace green practices.
Read more at the Washington Post

VA tightens rules for veterans contracting program
The Veterans Affairs Department has set strict guidelines for bidding on contracts set-aside for veteran-owned small businesses. Entrepreneurs will be allowed only one company at a time in the contracting program and must work full time in the business, according to a final rule published on Monday in the Federal Register.
Read more at Government Executive Magazine


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