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Laurent Cipriani / AP

Workers may soon be expected to know how make "bots" that automate parts of their own jobs, according to Deloitte Consulting.

Marc Mancher runs a Deloitte team that trains government employees to create "software bots" that automatically do paperwork like mass invoicing. He told Axios that, as a carryover, members of his staff now create bots that streamline their own jobs, and that that will become a standard skill in the workforce in the near-term.

"If you could automate those repetitive tasks in your job, would you? Yes, of course, you would," he said. "As this technology becomes more widely adopted, we think it's likely to become 'standard issue' on employees' computers. People can identify tasks for automation, train their own bots, and then focus more on value-add type of work."

How this will work: Some workers will need to know how to write code from scratch, but most will manage this transition without that skill. Instead, to the degree that a demonstration of bot-making at Deloitte's Arlington, Virginia, office is a window into this future, cookie-cutter bot-making businesses are likely to arise. They will make off-the-shelf bot-makers. So that turning those into actual working bots that begin to churn through your routine paperwork could require only a level or two of more skill than needed today to create an Excel spreadsheet.

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Biden's pick to lead major banking regulator drops out

Saule Omarova, nominee for Comptroller of the Currency, at a confirmation hearing on Nov. 18. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden's pick to head one of the country's most powerful banking regulators is dropping out of consideration for the post, according to a statement from Biden that accepted the withdrawal.

Why it matters: Saule Omarova, nominated to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, faced a tough path to confirmation — with opposition from Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Judge temporarily blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

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A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Biden's vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide.

Why it matters: It's the latest setback in the Biden administration's rollout of COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Federal judges in two states temporarily barred the administration from enforcing mandates for millions of workers last week.

Biden threatens Putin

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In a video call that lasted for just over two hours on Tuesday, President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that if Russia invades Ukraine the U.S. will impose unprecedented sanctions and provide additional weaponry to the Ukrainians, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.

Why it matters: Russia's military activity on the border with Ukraine has triggered alarms from the U.S. and its European allies of a potential large-scale Russian invasion in early 2022. Sullivan said Biden made clear to Putin that, "things we did not do in 2014, we are prepared to do now."