Management
Ethics Experts Say Administration’s Hiring of Top Biden Advisor’s Kids Raises Questions
COURTNEY BUBLÉJUNE 15, 2021
Oversight
GOP Lawmakers Question Ethics Waivers for Former Union Officials at OMB, OPM
House Republicans asked why Democrats have not objected to the use of ethics waivers by the Biden administration, although experts took no issue with the appointees in question.
ERICH WAGNER
JUNE 15, 2021
Management
Agencies to Boost Hiring, Tighten Internal Screening to Root Out Domestic Terrorism
Biden administration launches new strategy to tackle domestic extremism, including by looking in house.
Management
GAO Says Biden’s Freeze on Border Wall Construction Didn’t Violate Budget Law
The watchdog said the “programmatic delays” were not comparable to an earlier GAO finding that the Trump administration violated the Impoundment Control Act in withholding funds for Ukraine.
Defense
After Trump ‘Chaos,’ National Security Council Seeks a Return to ‘Regular Order’
The Biden White House is reinvigorating an interagency process some argue had largely halted under the Trump administration.
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What Over 400 Local Leaders Want to See in an Infrastructure Deal
A new survey of mayors and other local elected officials reveals nearly universal support for certain types of investments. Others, including some Biden administration priorities, aren't as popular.
BILL LUCIA
JUNE 15, 2021
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White House Calls for Agencies and Tech Companies to Share Info to Combat Domestic Terrorism
A new strategy asks social media and communications companies to enforce their own policies to protect users from those who foment violence.
MILA JASPER
JUNE 15, 2021
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Workforce
Middle-Aged Americans Are Stressed and Struggle with Physical and Mental Health – Other Nations Do Better
Adults in Germany, South Korea and Mexico reported improvements in health, well-being and memory.
FRANK J. INFURNA, THE CONVERSATIONJUNE 15, 2021
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Workforce
GovExec Daily: How Human Capital Officials See White House Budgets
Dr. Reginald Wells joins the podcast to discuss his experience with budget blueprints as Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration’s Office of Human Resources.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERJUNE 15, 2021
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FDA Tells NIST Securing ‘Critical Software’ Extends Beyond Devices
Two federal agencies were among those who submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology for shaping deliverables under a recent executive order.
MARIAM BAKSH
JUNE 14, 2021
Management
White House Outlines ‘Made in America’ Executive Order Implementation
Agencies must designate a senior official to spearhead efforts to support domestic manufacturing.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 14, 2021
Management
Biden Employs Aggressive Strategy to Sideline Top Career Officials at Consumer Protection Bureau
Current and former employees say the administration is flouting civil service protections—and its own promises.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 14, 2021
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Pentagon Releases Cloud Strategy for Operations Outside U.S.
The strategy emphasizes the need to deploy software quickly and securely to the tactical edge.
MILA JASPER
JUNE 14, 2021
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Key Senator Wants Biden to Raise SolarWinds in International Negotiations
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner said espionage campaigns like the SolarWinds hack merit discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
MARIAM BAKSH
JUNE 14, 2021
Workforce
Coronavirus Roundup: Another Possible Vaccine in the U.S.; AAPI Liaison Finding Her Footing
There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 14, 2021
Defense
Hundreds of Troops Complain About ‘Woke’ Racism, Extremism Training, Cotton Claims
Senator confronts Austin, releases list of purported examples of Black Lives Matter advocacy, anti-white male bias, and diversity efforts.
JACQUELINE FELDSCHER
JUNE 14, 2021
Management
Analysis: Trump’s DOJ Was More Dangerous Than We Knew
Revelations since Biden’s inauguration are adding detail to a portrait of ethical decay at the department.
DAVID A. GRAHAM
JUNE 14, 2021
Workforce
Women Are as Likely as Men to Accept a Gender Pay Gap if They Benefit from It
An experimental study found that the vast majority of women didn't support a pay policy that corrected for an advantage they received, slightly more than men in the same position.
MARLON WILLIAMS, THE CONVERSATIONJUNE 14, 2021
Workforce
GovExec Daily: What to Do About the Politicization of the TSP
GovExec contributor Dallen Haws joins the podcast to discuss Congress and the White House meddling in the Thrift Savings Plan.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERJUNE 14, 2021
Defense
‘No Man Left Behind’ Also Applies to Our Afghan Interpreters
If no action is taken, we are, in effect, sentencing them to death at the hands of the Taliban.
ELLIOT ACKERMAN, THE ATLANTIC
JUNE 12, 2021
Workforce
Even Feds With Lifetime Tenure Can Be Fired for Cause, Court Rules
The dismissal does not require a special procedure, court finds in new precedent-setting case.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 11, 2021
Management
White House Releases a Regulatory Agenda to Advance Its Priorities
Addressing the climate crisis, promoting racial equity and helping small businesses are high on the administration’s list.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 11, 2021
Management
Biden Administration Outlines Plans for Unspent Border Wall Funds
A watchdog is still in the process of determining whether or not the construction pause at the start of Biden's term was legal. 
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 11, 2021
Nextgov
VA Integrates Extended Reality Technology Across Sites and Treatments
The agency is also launching a new pilot program across multiple facilities.
BRANDI VINCENT
JUNE 11, 2021
Route Fifty
22 States, Biden Administration Ask Supreme Court to Keep Eviction Ban in Place
A legal challenge brought by landlords seeks to strike the national eviction moratorium, which is set to expire June 30 unless it is extended.
ANDREA NOBLE
JUNE 11, 2021
Management
NIH Aims to Boost Diversity and Inclusion Within Its Biomedical Workforce 
The agency said the changes, which are part of a larger plan to combat structural racism in biomedical research, are “long overdue.”
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 11, 2021
Management
Biden Kept His Promise to Increase COVID-Testing Capacity, Even as Demand for Testing Drops
Experts said that the system’s capacity has improved and people now have access to different testing options.
VICTORIA KNIGHT, KAISER HEALTH NEWSJUNE 11, 2021
Management
As More Climate Migrants Cross Borders Seeking Refuge, Laws Will Need to Adapt
Climate migrants don’t fit neatly into the legal definitions of refugee or migrant, and that can leave them in limbo. The Biden administration is debating how to identify and help them.
KATHARINE M. DONATO, AMANDA CARRICO AND JONATHAN M. GILLIGAN, THE CONVERSATION
JUNE 11, 2021
Management
GovExec Daily: The Federal Eviction Ban is Ending. What Now?
Route Fifty's Andrea Noble joins the podcast to discuss how local governments are working to help people with housing.
ADAM BUTLER
JUNE 11, 2021
Route Fifty
Cities Struggle With Housing Pressures As Pandemic Wanes
Local officials are highlighting affordable housing as a leading concern, according to a new National League of Cities report. “The median price for a single family unit is over $700,000, which is a 30% increase in less than a year," says one mayor.
BILL LUCIA
JUNE 10, 2021
Route Fifty
As the Pandemic Subsides, Traffic is Creeping Back
A report from StreetLight Data found the average daily number of vehicle miles traveled was down 15% overall in 2020 but as of March has started to return to normal levels.
ANDREA NOBLE
JUNE 10, 2021
Management
Biden Administration to Lift Capacity Caps at Federal Worksites
Agencies may set their own limits on how many federal employees can return to the office beginning next month, and in the meantime, the federal government will maintain its maximum telework posture.
ERICH WAGNER
JUNE 10, 2021
Nextgov
Joint DOD-VA Medical Center Will Be Major Test for Electronic Health Record Interoperability
Officials said they are preparing to deploy the new records system at “the most integrated facility” in the Defense and Veterans Affairs health care networks.
AARON BOYD
JUNE 10, 2021
Management
Biden Signals He Wants to Expand VA's Footprint, Misses Deadline to Nominate Commissioners to Review It
White House is pushing big investment in veterans' medical facilities as commission initially designed to recommend consolidations takes shape.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 10, 2021
Pay & Benefits
The Trickiest Retirement Decision You’ll Have to Make
Hint: It’s not picking a date or deciding when to take Social Security.
TAMMY FLANAGAN
JUNE 10, 2021
Management
OSHA Releases COVID Safety Standard for Healthcare Employees Only
There have been mixed reactions to the emergency temporary standard and new guidance. 
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 10, 2021
Management
Coronavirus Roundup: Federal Workforce Task Force Updates Vaccine Guidance; Moderna Asks FDA for Vaccine Approval for Adolescents 
There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 10, 2021
Workforce
Summer Camps Haven’t Fully Recovered. That Could Hurt Working Moms.
Without a full return of summer programs this year, working moms face months of uncertainty that could further splinter their relationship with the workforce.
CHABELI CARRAZANA, THE 19TH
JUNE 10, 2021
Defense
Marine General Punished For Training, Evaluation Failures Before Deadly Accident
Commandant’s decision may end Maj. Gen. Robert Castellvi’s career.
CAITLIN M. KENNEY
JUNE 10, 2021
Defense
To US Army, Getting Women’s Body Armor Quickly Is an Unfunded Priority
Lawmakers question why the service left $81 million to “accelerate” gear for women and short men out of its latest budget request.
ELIZABETH HOWE
JUNE 10, 2021
Workforce
The Psychological Benefits of Commuting to Work
Many people who have been working from home are experiencing a void they can’t quite name.
JERRY USEEM, THE ATLANTIC
JUNE 10, 2021
Management
The Budget Process Is 100 Years Old Today and Its Age Is Showing
A well-functioning democracy requires that elected leaders make sensible fiscal decisions and citizens are engaged and informed—none of which is happening right now.
DOUG CRISCITELLO, STEVE REDBURN AND ROY MEYERS
JUNE 10, 2021
Management
GovExec Daily: Staffing at the IRS and the Biden Budget
Eric Katz joins the show to discuss IRS chiefCharles Rettig’s recent appearance before the Senate Finance Committee .
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERJUNE 10, 2021
Route Fifty
$5.6B in Earmarks Included in Transportation Bill
The 1,473 local projects funded in the bill range from a transportation center adjacent to the San Diego airport to a paved bike lane in New Jersey.
ANDREA NOBLE
JUNE 9, 2021
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