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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
11 HOURS AGO
Ethics Experts Say Administration’s Hiring of Top Biden Advisor’s Kids Raises Questions
A White House official said the Ricchettis have relevant qualifications for their jobs and their levels of experience are similar to those of their predecessors.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 15, 2021
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.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 15, 2021
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.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 15, 2021
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.
JACQUELINE FELDSCHER
JUNE 15, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Budget Request for Federal Prisons Agency Isn’t Enough, Union Says
Agency argues the president’s request “provides sufficient funding to cover ...cost increases in pay and benefits, rent costs, and prison and detention operations.” 
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 9, 2021
Federal Employee Health Program Insurer Offers Cash for Vaccinations, and More
A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.
ERICH WAGNER
JUNE 9, 2021
How Biden Can Strengthen the Federal Workforce
There is no better way to understand how the work experience has changed and how it can be improved than meeting with front line employees.
HOWARD RISHER
JUNE 9, 2021
Last Year's Crackdown Outside White House Not Directly Tied to Trump's Photo Op, IG Finds
IG declines to rule on whether forceful tactics were appropriate.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 9, 2021
Congress Considers Future of the Military Draft, while Supreme Court Holds Off
Questions include whether women should be compelled to register, as men are, and whether the draft and draft registration should exist at all.
MAX MARGULIES, THE CONVERSATIONJUNE 9, 2021
New Air Force One Could Be Delayed Another Year
GAO’s latest cost estimate brings the price tag to $2.6 billion apiece.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
JUNE 9, 2021
Workers Who Feel Powerless Get Paranoid and Aggressive
Workers who feel like they don't have power on the job can start feeling paranoid and even start lashing out, researchers find.
FUTURITY
JUNE 9, 2021
GovExec Daily: How an RFI Can Further Biden Diversity Goals
Stan Soloway joins the podcast to discuss how a recent request for information is being used as a crowd-sourcing tool for policy solutions around equity goals.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERJUNE 9, 2021
What Is Pete Buttigieg Doing?
The secretary of transportation is on the road, talking infrastructure with anyone who will listen.
EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, THE ATLANTICJUNE 8, 2021
Report Calling for At-Will Federal Employment Suggests Trump Workforce Policy Isn’t Going Anywhere
Experts say the release of a controversial paper advocating at-will employment for federal workers portends future efforts to strip employees of civil service protections.
ERICH WAGNER
JUNE 8, 2021
IRS Defends Proposed Hiring Surge Amid Pushback
Top officials seeks to convince skeptical Republicans that the agency can quickly address longstanding issues with more resources and personnel.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 8, 2021
The Federal Government May Need to Play a Role in Vaccine Credentials, Despite Reluctance
The Biden administration has repeatedly said there will be no federal mandate, but it may be difficult to sit on the sidelines as states and businesses develop their own policies, some experts say.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 8, 2021
Biden Administration Leaves Final Location of Interior Bureau an Open Question
The Trump administration moved the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado, a controversial decision that led to an exodus from the agency.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 8, 2021
Coronavirus Roundup: Pentagon Extends Expiration Date for ID Cards; CDC Looking to Update Assessment of States’ Public Health Emergency Preparedness
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 8, 2021
US Could Close Kabul Embassy If Future Afghanistan Government Includes Taliban, Top General Says
CENTCOM's Gen. McKenzie says U.S. military will still be able to help interpreters and other Afghan helpers after departure.
TARA COPP
JUNE 8, 2021
Preparing for Re-entry into the Physical Workplace: Lessons from NASA
What NASA knows about the effects of living in relative social isolation for an extended period of time and then adjusting to being around lots of people again.
MICHAEL LEE STALLARD
JUNE 8, 2021
There Have Been Huge Gaps in FBI Hate Crime Data for Years. A New Law Aims to Fix That.
A lack of reliable hate crime data has left authorities with neither a complete understanding of such incidents nor the tools needed to address them, ProPublica reported. A bill Biden just signed will start to address that.
KEN SCHWENCKE, PROPUBLICA
JUNE 8, 2021
GovExec Daily: The Deadline for Agency Plans to Bring Back Feds
Courtney Bublé joins the show to discuss the email asking agencies to submit their return plans.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERJUNE 8, 2021
OPM Finalizes Rule Easing Rehiring of Ex-Feds
Under new rules, federal agencies will be able to rehire former federal workers at a higher pay grade than when they left government.
ERICH WAGNER
JUNE 7, 2021
VA Employee Pleads Guilty to Filming Coworkers in Bathroom on Hidden Camera
The endoscopic technician faces up to 18 months in prison.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 7, 2021
Watchdog Warns of Possible Security Weaknesses at Some Federal Prisons
Inmate escapes put communities at risk and increase chances of smuggling contraband into facilities, said the Justice inspector general. 
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 7, 2021
The Future of the Secret Service: A Conversation with Carol Leonnig
The agency needs a mission overhaul, new technology and a promotion system focused on performance, not loyalty, says the author of "Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service."
MARK A. ABRAMSON
JUNE 7, 2021
Coronavirus Variants Have Nowhere to Hide
Our tests will need frequent touch-ups to make sure that no mutations get past them.
KATHERINE J. WU
JUNE 7, 2021
Where the US Army’s Cut List and Wish List Overlap
Some programs slated for trimming in the 2022 budget proposal also appear on the service’s list of unfunded priorities.
CAITLIN M. KENNEY
JUNE 7, 2021
GovExec Daily: Human Capital Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis
Deloitte’s Libby Bacon joins the podcast to discuss how public sector organizations can be more effective, post-pandemic.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERJUNE 7, 2021
Enhancing the Mental Wellbeing of Federal Workers
Employee mental health is an important barometer of the health of agencies, with implications for retention and productivity.
JOHN R. MALGERI AND TARA THIAGARAJANJUNE 4, 2021
Lawmakers Say Biden's Deployments of Feds to the Border Risk Agency Missions
Republican House members ask for data on governmentwide details set up to address uptick in migrant children.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 4, 2021
More Than 30 House Democrats Join Calls for Biden Administration to Restore Immigration Judges Union
Members of the House Labor Caucus said failure to act could imperil other bargaining units.
ERICH WAGNER
JUNE 4, 2021
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