•   
  •   
  •   

Politics Intelligence employees vent frustrations over being forced to return to the office

12:15  24 november  2020
12:15  24 november  2020 Source:   news.yahoo.com

Vikings OL Dru Samia tests positive for COVID-19

  Vikings OL Dru Samia tests positive for COVID-19 Vikings offensive lineman Dru Samia has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is being performed, and Samia and anyone deemed a high-risk contact will not be permitted to travel with the team for tomorrow night’s game against the Bears. © Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports Samia, a 2019 fourth-rounder, started four games for Minnesota earlier this year before returning to a reserve role. But the Vikings just released Pat Elflein and now find themselves without their top backup at guard. Plus, there is a good chance that there will indeed be high-risk contacts given the nature of O-line/D-line play.

Are these changes likely to stick when we ' re no longer confined to our homes by government regulations? A survey of corporate real estate professionals by CoreNet Global suggests the industry believes that workers will return to offices , albeit in waves rather than all at once.

Employees are impacted by a variety of forces —both internal and external—as they attempt to perform their job duties. In other words, if they apply to you, they present opportunities to foster internal change. This can be an empowering realization – if you're open to the idea that employee

a close up of a sign © Yahoo News

WASHINGTON — Employees at one of the most secretive parts of government have been forced to return to their offices, leading to widespread concerns about their exposure to COVID-19.

Tensions inside the National Security Agency — which is responsible for eavesdropping and digital espionage — bubbled over last week, leading to an all-hands meeting at the agency on Wednesday to address complaints, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

“This has been percolating for a while,” said one former intelligence officer in touch with current employees. “The general sentiment is that NSA has been mishandling things.”

Broncos DC Ed Donatell back home recovering after COVID-related hospitalization

  Broncos DC Ed Donatell back home recovering after COVID-related hospitalization Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell required hospitalization after contracting the coronavirus, according to the team. The second-year Denver DC was hospitalized last week but discharged Sunday. Donatell, 63, has been battling COVID-19 symptoms since Oct. 31 and has missed the past three games. Donatell, who is in his third stint with the franchise, is one of a few Broncos staffers to have contracted the virus. Running backs coach Curtis Modkins did so in October, and offensive line coach Mike Munchak was in the team’s COVID protocol.

1. The manager is concerned with good relations between 1 I’m a 2 Kim always takes a to work, as she doesn’t like leaving the office to eat out. Her diet is really poor (BASE) TASK 4. Put the lines in the correct order to make a dialogue (Поместите строки в правильном порядке, чтобы получить

Why am I being encouraged to go in to work? Since the start of August, employers in England have had more freedom to decide how staff should work, whether at home or in the workplace. But in September ministers will actively promote returning to the workplace.

The meeting followed employees posting frequently on internal message boards about their frustrations over the pandemic and the agency’s handling of it. Some of those frustrations have to do with confusion over unclear standards, such as how employees who have been exposed to a potential infection are allowed to use administrative leave in order to safely quarantine, while employees who get sick need to use sick leave to stay home.

The tensions at NSA reflect a larger division within government as it adapts to the pandemic. While many parts of the federal bureaucracy have allowed their employees to work from home indefinitely, those agencies working on classified issues have less flexibility, and the NSA deals with some of the most highly classified programs in government.

Despite precautions, CBS headquarters reports 15 coronavirus cases amid nationwide surge

  Despite precautions, CBS headquarters reports 15 coronavirus cases amid nationwide surge The news division was one of the first impacted by the pandemic back in March. CBS quickly began moving personnel out of its broadcast headquarters in New York, forcing “CBS This Morning” to borrow the Ed Sullivan Theater from Stephen Colbert’s late show and sending most employees to work remotely, where they mostly remain in indefinite work-from-home.

This covert technology is called Operation Scorecard, and it was built by the CIA to surreptitiously steal elections in targeted countries. Now, that technology is being turned against the United States of America and is about to be activated on Tuesday to steal the election for Biden, explains Janda’s guest.

Federal employees in California who have been furloughed or who are continuing to work but don't collect a paycheck, are eligible to claim unemployment benefits, according to the state's employment office .

A spokesperson for the NSA referred all questions about intelligence community policy concerning COVID-19 to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

“ODNI is monitoring the current uptick in COVID-19 positive rates in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area and throughout the country,” a spokesperson for the office wrote in an email. “We have continued to adjust staff contact levels as previously noted — through staggered shifts, flexible schedules and social distancing practices.”

The NSA, like the other intelligence agencies, has returned to near full capacity working in the office, using shift work and other safety precautions.

a view of a city: National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. (NSA.gov) © Provided by Yahoo! News National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. (NSA.gov)

But some employees are frustrated with a lack of information from leadership on infection rates and whether or not the NSA was following CDC guidelines. There is “too much rumor and anecdote,” said one former senior intelligence officer, referring to the agency’s communication with employees.

NFL expecting huge COVID-19 spike after Thanksgiving?

  NFL expecting huge COVID-19 spike after Thanksgiving? Air Force RB Brad Roberts had 28 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons 28-0 win over New Mexico on Friday night.

It was met with universal acclaim and in August of the same year transferred to Broadway. Since then the show has exploded in popularity, winning many awards including 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Trump was fully aware of the sting operation and is still allowing the Dems to dig themselves deeper into their election fraud. Right there, Joe Biden openly admitted to the nationwide vote fraud, just as he also openly admitted to withholding a billion dollars from Ukraine in order to get prosecutors fired

Other employees have put in for retirement, if they are eligible, partly due to the risks of the pandemic.

One national security official confirmed the tense environment and the fear over losing talent, but noted that “missions are still largely getting done,” and there isn’t an imminent concern over gaps in intelligence gathering.

Coupled with internal frustrations over the recent appointment Michael Ellis, Trump loyalist and aide to Rep. Devin Nunes, to the position of general counsel, there are concerns over morale.

Over at the FBI, another agency deeply involved in classified intelligence work, employees are struggling with the fact that they are running low on administrative leave after many people used it in the spring. “There have been some exposure scares that sent people home as well, which makes them feel vulnerable,” said one former intelligence officer who mentioned that everyone from “street agents” to senior officials have been “stressed out.”

In late October, Yahoo News reported that other intelligence agencies, including the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, were going through similar challenges.

Biden's nomination for new national intelligence director sets the tone

  Biden's nomination for new national intelligence director sets the tone A president is best served by having a trusted individual as the DNI, one that can be counted on to deliver the IC’s best assessments.Given Biden's decades of government experience, he knows the importance of intelligence in national decisionmaking. As a first step Biden has choosen a new Director of National Intelligence (DNI) who has experience in both the IC and the White House that equip her to lead a renaissance in intelligence affairs. Central to such a renaissance would be renewed emphasis on the IC's continued commitment to delivering assessments and insights objectively and without political shading.

Unlike many government offices, intelligence work often needs to be done in special locations, like SCIFs (short for sensitive compartmented information facilities), which are protected from outside eavesdropping.

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia. (Larry Downing/Reuters) © Provided by Yahoo! News The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Some SCIFs can be mobile, and many of the highest-ranking officials have such facilities in their homes or nearby. A few agencies have even succeeded in allowing employees who deal with open source information to work from home more frequently, and there has been some protection provided by shift work and distancing in office buildings.

Yet allowing intelligence employees to work outside secure government offices poses legitimate concerns about the security of home offices for even routine communications among intelligence officers, some of whom may be undercover and hoping to avoid unwanted attention from foreign adversaries who might be keeping tabs.

However, there are also concerns that the intelligence agencies, tasked with staying on top of the latest threats, were not prepared to execute strategies to keep their workforces safe during the pandemic — a challenge that will likely resurface in the future.

The Cybersecurity 202: China is likely to be Biden’s biggest cybersecurity challenge

  The Cybersecurity 202: China is likely to be Biden’s biggest cybersecurity challenge The U.S.-China relationship has bedeviled both the Obama and Trump administrations. In nearly every sphere of digital conflict, China will pose the greatest challenge during the next four years, from its efforts to steal reams of intellectual property from U.S. companies to the espionage threat posed by Chinese firms that could be co-opted by Beijing and are dotted throughout the supply chains of U.S. companies.

Bill Evanina, the head of counterintelligence, said during a webinar in May that agencies are looking at new ways to allow federal employees involved in classified issues to work from home.

“We’re at a precipice right now to immediately find solutions on teleworking,” he said.

Cover thumbnail photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images, AP

_____

Read more from Yahoo News:

  • The 2020 election wasn’t ‘stolen.’ Here are all the facts that prove it.

  • Trump's Michigan election ploy: How it works, and why experts say it will fail

  • Biden says the Trump White House won't give him COVID stockpile information. Here it is.

  • Can dead people vote? Yahoo News explains

  • Coronavirus vaccine news: Reasons for hope and hesitation

Ravens WR Willie Snead tests positive for COVID-19 Sunday .
We learned that Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was the latest member of Baltimore’s organization to test positive for COVID-19 in yesterday’s round, and there apparently were more this morning. There were multiple player/staff positives in Sunday’s round of testing, a source told Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. At least one of those positives was receiver Willie Snead, Jamison Hensley of The Athletic tweets. As he notes, Snead is the seventh offensive starter to test positive, and there have now been eight consecutive days with a positive test within the team.

usr: 19
This is interesting!