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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Move Over, Mars
After decades away, NASA is sending not one, but two missions to Venus.
MARINA KOREN, THE ATLANTIC
JUNE 4, 2021
Going Beyond ‘Back to Normal’ – 5 Research-Based Tips for Emerging from Pandemic Life
After more than a year of idealizing life without COVID-19, people are starting to reenter "normal" life. Clinical psychology provides guidance on how to prepare for your post-pandemic reboot.
BETHANY TEACHMAN, THE CONVERSATIONJUNE 4, 2021
USPS Projects Continuing Mail Delays, Setting Targets Well Below Historical Standards
As Postmaster General Louis DeJoy seeks to implement reforms and justify changes, he once again finds himself on the hot seat.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 3, 2021
Biden Administration to Grant TSA Employees Full Collective Bargaining Rights, Better Pay
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ordered Transportation Security Administrator David Pekoske to align employees’ rights with those enjoyed by the vast majority of federal workers, including access to the General Schedule pay system.
ERICH WAGNER
JUNE 3, 2021
Agencies Recognize LGBTQ+ Employees During Pride Month
This fits into the Biden administration’s overall goal of advancing equity and diversity. 
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 3, 2021
Restoring Trust in Government One Customer at a Time
Improving trust will require more than just improving services to citizens, but it’s a critical start.
JOHN KAMENSKY
JUNE 3, 2021
Overcrowded U.S. National Parks Need a Reservation System
It's hard to preserve national parks "unimpaired," as US law directs, when they're overrun with tourists who stray off paths, strew trash and harass wildlife. A parks scholar calls for crowd control.
MICHAEL CHILDERS, THE CONVERSATIONJUNE 3, 2021
NIH Director: We Need an Investigation Into the Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory
Francis Collins calls for a “thorough, expert-driven, and objective” inquiry, and shares what most surprised him about the virus.
PETER WEHNER, THE ATLANTIC
JUNE 2, 2021
Contracting Community Welcomes Biden’s Budget Proposal
Groups see opportunities with the administration's cybersecurity, climate change and workforce innovation priorities.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 2, 2021
GovExec Daily: Climate and a National Green Bank
Kathleen Sifer and Phil Kangas join the podcast to discuss one avenue for the federal government to advance environmental policy.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERJUNE 2, 2021
Biden Seeks to Use Procurement ‘Power’ to Close Racial Wealth Gap
The administration intends to double the share of contracts going to small, disadvantaged businesses.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 1, 2021
Agency Hiring Initiatives and Other Takeaways From Biden's First Budget
Several agencies are looking to add thousands of new employees.
ERIC KATZ
JUNE 1, 2021
How to Maximize Nonprofit Impact with the American Rescue Plan
By engaging in effective decision-making and budgeting, organizations can provide services they know work, fix those that don’t and improve the relationship between funding and impact.
ADAM LUECKING
JUNE 1, 2021
Agencies Must Finalize Return-to-Office Plans by July 19
The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force outlined what the plans must include.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
JUNE 1, 2021
'Shadow Wins': How ICE Avoids Judicial Accountability by Quietly Releasing Immigrants Who Challenge Being Detained
ICE helps maintain the status quo of prolonged detentions by releasing immigrants without having their cases vindicated in court, according to a new report.
DARA LIND, PROPUBLICA
MAY 31, 2021
New White House Initiative Seeks to Lift Up Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Communities
Among other things, the effort seeks to increase their representation in the federal workforce.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
MAY 28, 2021
Biden Ends Trend of Benefit-Cutting Budgets, But New Federal Workforce Initiatives Are Still Being Developed
Most of the workforce provisions outlined in the president’s first budget submission are vague references to policies that will be part of the forthcoming president's management agenda.
ERICH WAGNER
MAY 28, 2021
‘The Premonition’: Two Takeaways for Government
Michael Lewis’ new book about the pandemic highlights public servants’ enduring challenges in navigating messy bureaucracies.
MARK A. ABRAMSON
MAY 28, 2021
Biden Says He Is ‘Recommitting to Good Government’ in Full Fiscal 2022 Budget Proposal
It previews priorities in the upcoming president’s management agenda, including scientific integrity, trust in government and equity in policy making. 
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
MAY 28, 2021
GovExec Daily: The Definition, History and Misunderstandings of Critical Race Theory
Atiba Madyun joins the podcast to explain CRT and why so many are upset about it.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERMAY 28, 2021
Senate Has Passed Three Resolutions to Undo ‘Midnight’ Trump Regulations
Thursday is the estimated deadline for the Senate to use its fast-track authority under the Congressional Review Act.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
MAY 27, 2021
America’s Entire Understanding of the Pandemic Was Shaped by Messy Data
Our view of this crisis has been blurry from the beginning.
SARA SIMON AND KARA SCHECHTMANMAY 27, 2021
USPS Faces Preemptive Backlash to Expected Soaring Price Hikes
Customers fear the 7% or higher rate increase allowed under a new pricing system would have a net negative effect on the Postal Service.
ERIC KATZ
MAY 26, 2021
Report: Requirement for Federal Contractors to Pay $15 Minimum Wage Will Have ‘Minor’ Impact on Government Spending
Agencies still should be proactive in planning for implementation, consultancy says.
COURTNEY BUBLÉ
MAY 26, 2021
Senate Democrats Call on Attorney General to Restore Immigration Judges Union
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee called on Merrick Garland to reverse efforts to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges and to axe a policy restricting judges' ability to speak publicly on immigration issues.
ERICH WAGNER
MAY 26, 2021
1 in 4 Unvaccinated People May not Comply with CDC Guidelines to Wear Masks Indoors, Survey Suggests
Some vaccinated people will still be wearing masks to protect themselves from people who may not be vaccinated or wearing masks.
MATT MOTTA, THE CONVERSATION
MAY 26, 2021
House Panel Advances Bill Aimed at Preventing Future Schedule F Efforts
The measure would require congressional approval for any efforts to add new classifications of jobs outside of the federal government’s competitive service.
ERICH WAGNER
MAY 25, 2021
EPA Admits to Altering Science Under Trump, Pledges New Course
Senior management demanded modifications to scientific conclusions that "did not make sense," career employees said.
ERIC KATZ
MAY 25, 2021
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