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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 30, 2013
ing outside of the office—you have to address a number of issues. Mobile security is already an issue—is the data secure? Your agency’s mobile infrastructure—can it withstand the heavier use of a remote environment? These remain important issues. Which agencies are really doing well on expanding telework? Auten: There are many. We are familiar with FDIC, OPM, the Patent & Trademark Office, DHS and the Air Force, among others. The Air Force has seen a huge leap in the use of mobile. Most places, it’s not a matter of whether this will happen, but when and how, and what mobile infrastructure will be used. What’s new, and what’s next in terms of studies on telework? Auten: Soon, we are expecting a new Office of Personnel Management report—and hope- fully that will fill us in on how agencies are doing over the last year. On our site, we have put up our Telework ROI Calculator, which tells agencies how much they can save over real estate prices and other factors, so we can measure the true value of telework. We also have a new “Secure Mobileometer.” It is a self-assessment tool for individuals with organizations to determine how vulnerable they are when managing their own mobile devices—and how well they are managing their organization’s mobile strategy. It asks you questions—Have you downloaded apps? Do you use password protection and secure your agency’s data?—in your use of devices. It offers advice on how to use secure practices. We will be announce the results of the Mobileometer in the coming months—probably in December. In Brief OMB issues shutdown guidance The Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance to agencies warning of the need to prepare for a government shutdown. As the clock ticked down to the end of the fiscal year, Congress still had not passed a tem- porary continuing resolution to continue to fund the government. “[P]rudent management requires that agen- cies be prepared for the possibility of a lapse,” the OMB guidance advises. “At this time, agencies should be updating their plans for operations in the absence of appropriations...” “Normally, routine, ongoing operational and administrative activities relating to contract or grant administration (including payment pro- cessing) cannot continue when there is a lapse in funding,” the document reminds agencies— although units that have their own alternative sources of revenues, in many cases, can. The OMB guidance contains a Q&A on how to manage a shutdown, and it also directs manag- ers and employees to consult the OPM website. The guidance is available at http://www. whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ memoranda/2013/m-13-22.pdf. Equality for domestic partners, same-sex spouses A Senate bill, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2013, would give same-sex domestic partners of federal employees the same benefits as legally married same-sex spouses. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are the co-sponsors of the DPBO legislation. “We’ve made great progress for committed, FedCentral • Job Listings • Government Contacts • Links to Discount Sites for Feds • Chart of the Month • And more! Visit FedCentral now! http://federaldaily.com/pages/fedcentral.aspx your federal employee resource! continued from page 3 continued on page 8
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