Rep. Connolly Asks OPM to Explain FEVS Delays

House Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly, D-Va., asked Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael Rigas in an August 12 letter to explain the continuing postponement of the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS).

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  1. NIST Publishes Zero Trust Framework

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