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These Federal Agencies Have Seen the Most COVID-19 Deaths 

Nearly 130 federal workers have died from the coronavirus pandemic. 

VA benefits backlog spikes amid COVID pandemic 

The backlog of initial claims for benefits by veterans has been spiking in recent weeks, after holding steady amid the 100% telework posture of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Unions Doubt Agencies Can Reopen Safely by Going Their Own Way 

Unions are calling for governmentwide mandates to ensure federal workplaces are safe before any large-scale return to work begins during the Covid-19 pandemic and to avoid a patchwork of different agency preparations. 

Federal Inspectors Decry Lack of Transparency on Meat Plant Coronavirus Outbreaks 

Federal meat and poultry inspectors are raising concerns about a lack of transparency surrounding the safety of the processing plants where they work, saying local leaders are withholding information relating to the spread of the novel coronavirus at facilities. 

US bases begin planning to return to normal operations 

The U.S. military's chief is now allowing base commanders "to begin planning to return to normal operations in the COVID environment," the Defense Department announced May 20 in a statement. 


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