Government Executive - Authors - Sarah Mimmshttp://www.govexec.com/voices/sarah-mimms/2470/Sarah Mimms is a staff correspondent for National Journal Daily, covering Congress. Previously at National Journal, she served as senior analyst for the Hotline, where she covered federal and gubernatorial campaigns in the South.en-usTue, 21 Oct 2014 12:32:13 -0400Homeland Security Announces Travel Restrictions to Stall Ebola Outbreakhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/homeland-security-announces-travel-restrictions-stall-ebola-outbreak/97001/Flights between the U.S. and Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea will now require additional screenings.Sarah Mimms, National JournalTue, 21 Oct 2014 12:32:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/homeland-security-announces-travel-restrictions-stall-ebola-outbreak/97001/ManagementHomeland Security chief Jeh Johnson announced the plan Tuesday.Kelly Lowery/Defense DepartmentCongress Prepares to Offer More Money for Ebola Fighthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/congress-prepares-offer-more-money-ebola-fight/96905/As they await a White House request, appropriators are beginning to get their ducks in a row.Billy House and Sarah MimmsMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:31:16 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/congress-prepares-offer-more-money-ebola-fight/96905/OversightFrank L Junior / Shutterstock.comYes, the House Is Going Home Already. No, This Isn't Some Kind of Record.http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/yes-house-going-home-already-no-isnt-some-kind-record/94571/The GOP House has actually worked for more days in 2014 than they have in most recent election years.Sarah Mimms, National JournalFri, 19 Sep 2014 10:13:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/yes-house-going-home-already-no-isnt-some-kind-record/94571/OversightMinority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized Republicans for leaving early. Flickr user Lingjing Bao/Talk Radio News ServiceSenate Likely to Pass Bill Keeping Government Openhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/senate-likely-pass-bill-keeping-government-open/94460/Measure is the beginning of a tougher conversation that will wait until after Election Day.Billy House, Michael Catalini, and Sarah Mimms, National JournalThu, 18 Sep 2014 10:07:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/senate-likely-pass-bill-keeping-government-open/94460/OversightSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he supports the measure but would like to reconsider it in a few months. Flickr user Lingjing Bao/Talk Radio News ServiceHow Ferguson Can Recoverhttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/08/how-ferguson-can-recover/92279/Advice for a town torn asunder, from mayors who have been there.Sarah Mimms, National JournalMon, 25 Aug 2014 09:37:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/08/how-ferguson-can-recover/92279/State & LocalProtestors march Thursday in Ferguson.Jeff Roberson/APObama Considering Boots on the Ground in Iraqhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/08/obama-considering-boots-ground-iraq/91388/But the troops would not engage in combat, the White House says.Sarah Mimms and Matt Berman, National JournalWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:54:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/08/obama-considering-boots-ground-iraq/91388/DefenseDisplaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community look for clothes to wear among items provided by a charity organization at the Nowruz camp in Syria.Khalid Mohammed/APLack of Oversight Leaves Massive Openings for Voter Fraudhttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/08/lack-oversight-leaves-massive-openings-voter-fraud/91301/Although fraud remains uncommon, a lack of cooperation between the states creates an opportunity even voter ID laws won't fix.Sarah Mimms, National JournalWed, 13 Aug 2014 10:19:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/08/lack-oversight-leaves-massive-openings-voter-fraud/91301/State & LocalVentura County, California residents used voting booths in the 2012 national election.spirit of america/Shutterstock.com file photoBenghazi Select Committee to Meet With Victims' Families This Weekhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/benghazi-select-committee-meet-victims-families-week/89924/"If they have questions that are still out there, I think we want to know what those questions are," ranking Democrat says.Sarah Mimms, National JournalTue, 29 Jul 2014 10:12:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/benghazi-select-committee-meet-victims-families-week/89924/Oversight"It's an important conversation because I think it will help us to refocus on the fact that there are people who lost their loved ones," Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said.Flickr user hocolibraryCongressman Suggests Issa Install Pool to Root Out Suspected Witcheshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/congressman-suggests-issa-install-pool-root-out-suspected-witches/89756/Democrat Tony Cardenas trolls Darrell Issa in calling for a “Senator Joseph R. McCarthy Memorial Truth Pond."Sarah Mimms, National JournalFri, 25 Jul 2014 16:53:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/congressman-suggests-issa-install-pool-root-out-suspected-witches/89756/Oversight Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock.comBoehner: House Will Vote to Avoid Shutdown in Septemberhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/boehner-house-will-vote-avoid-shutdown-september/89615/The speaker promises a short-term CR that would kick big spending decisions to the lame-duck.Sarah Mimms, National JournalThu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/boehner-house-will-vote-avoid-shutdown-september/89615/OversightSpeaker of the House John Boehner, R-OhioAP PhotoCongress Thinks This Statue Is a Threat to National Securityhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/congress-thinks-statue-threat-national-security/88918/GSA is in a battle with Congress to re-install it.Sarah Mimms, National JournalThu, 17 Jul 2014 09:22:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/congress-thinks-statue-threat-national-security/88918/Defenseotto56/Photobucket.comRepublican Critics Say Obama May Have Learned His Lesson From Benghazihttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/06/republican-critics-say-obama-may-have-learned-his-lesson-benghazi/86887/President earns faint praise from the GOP for protecting American lives in Iraq.Sarah Mimms, National JournalFri, 20 Jun 2014 09:58:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/06/republican-critics-say-obama-may-have-learned-his-lesson-benghazi/86887/OversightSen. Lindsey Graham said that the administration is "absolutely" doing a better job protecting Americans there than they did in Libya just two years ago.Charles Dharapak/AP file photoOn Veterans Affairs Fix, A Rare United Front for House and Senatehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/06/veterans-affairs-fix-rare-united-front-house-and-senate/86239/Members believe they can reach an agreement for a fast, bipartisan victory.Sarah Mimms, National JournalWed, 11 Jun 2014 09:38:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/06/veterans-affairs-fix-rare-united-front-house-and-senate/86239/OversightA vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday, will likely come on Wednesday or Thursday.Evan Vucci/APSenators Reach Deal on Bill to Make it Easier to Fire VA Execshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/senators-reach-deal-bill-make-it-easier-fire-va-execs/85924/Measure also includes provisions aimed at reducing veterans' wait times for care.Sarah Mimms, National JournalThu, 05 Jun 2014 16:02:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/senators-reach-deal-bill-make-it-easier-fire-va-execs/85924/Management"I think all of us have been appalled by what we read about what happened in Phoenix and in other locations," Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said.Jacquelyn Martin/AP Darrell Issa Says Kerry Won't Have to Testify on Benghazihttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/darrell-issa-says-kerry-wont-have-testify-benghazi/85516/House Oversight chairman cited concerns that the secretary of State was using the hearing to avoid testifying before the Select Committee.Sarah Mimms, National JournalFri, 30 May 2014 15:19:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/darrell-issa-says-kerry-wont-have-testify-benghazi/85516/ManagementSecretary of State John Kerry Jessica Hill/APEric Shinseki Is Out at the VA, Says Obamahttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/05/eric-shinseki-out-va-says-obama/85486/The Veterans Affairs secretary submitted his resignation to the president on Friday.Sarah Mimms, National JournalFri, 30 May 2014 11:33:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/05/eric-shinseki-out-va-says-obama/85486/DefenseCharles Dharapak/APSenior Execs at the Veterans Health Administration Won't Get a Bonus This Yearhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/senior-execs-va-wont-get-bonus-year/85471/Outgoing VA chief Shinseki announces the bonus ban during a speech apologizing for failures at veterans health care facilities.Sarah Mimms, National JournalFri, 30 May 2014 10:10:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/senior-execs-va-wont-get-bonus-year/85471/ManagementPresident Obama announced later Friday morning that Eric Shinseki would step down. Charles Dharapak/APJohn Boehner: No Decision on VA Chief Shinsekihttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/john-boehner-no-decision-va-chief-shinseki/85435/'Is him resigning going to get us to the bottom of the problem?' the speaker asked, as many of his members called for Shinseki’s resignation.Sarah Mimms, National JournalThu, 29 May 2014 16:52:12 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/john-boehner-no-decision-va-chief-shinseki/85435/ManagementJ. Scott Applewhite/APVA Official: There Are No Secret Waiting Listshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/va-official-there-are-no-secret-waiting-lists/85375/While admitting problems, a Veteran Affairs official tells a House committee that Phoenix officials were just trying to improve access to care.Sarah Mimms, National JournalThu, 29 May 2014 09:54:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/va-official-there-are-no-secret-waiting-lists/85375/Management"I was not able to identify any lists that I thought were secret," VA Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Operations Dr. Thomas Lynch said.J. Scott Applewhite/APInspector General Confirms Vets Waited 115 Days for Care in Phoenixhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/inspector-general-confirms-vets-waited-115-days-care-phoenix/85324/Report confirms long waiting times for 1,700 veterans there and says the problem is nationwide.Sarah Mimms, National JournalWed, 28 May 2014 14:41:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/inspector-general-confirms-vets-waited-115-days-care-phoenix/85324/ManagementThe Arizona Army National Guard 108th band plays during a Veteran's Day parade in 2013, in downtown Phoenix. Matt York/APBoehner Says He Has No Confidence in Veterans Affairs Investigationhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/boehner-says-he-has-no-confidence-veterans-affairs-investigation/85030/The House speaker says he's 'getting a little closer' to calling for VA chief's resignation.Sarah Mimms, National JournalThu, 22 May 2014 13:57:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/boehner-says-he-has-no-confidence-veterans-affairs-investigation/85030/ManagementJ. Scott Applewhite/APObama Vows to Hold Veterans Affairs Employees Accountable if Allegations Are Truehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/obama-vows-hold-veterans-affairs-employees-accountable-if-allegations-are-true/84907/The president called reports of mismanagement of veterans' medical care 'disgraceful,' but stands by the department's secretary.Sarah Mimms and Marina Koren, National JournalWed, 21 May 2014 11:25:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/obama-vows-hold-veterans-affairs-employees-accountable-if-allegations-are-true/84907/ManagementSusan Walsh/AP Shinseki, Hagel Make a Surprise Visit to Congress as VA Scandal Intensifieshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/shinseki-hagel-make-surprise-visit-congress-va-scandal-intensifies/84868/Trip to the Hill comes as several congressional Republicans call for the Veterans Affairs secretary's resignation.Sarah Mimms, National JournalTue, 20 May 2014 17:12:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/shinseki-hagel-make-surprise-visit-congress-va-scandal-intensifies/84868/ManagementVeterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Cliff Owen/AP'10 Million Man March' Recruits Several Hundred to Overthrow the Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/05/10-million-man-march-recruits-several-hundred-overthrow-government/84667/They came. They saw. They didn't quite conquer.Sarah Mimms, National JournalFri, 16 May 2014 17:14:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/05/10-million-man-march-recruits-several-hundred-overthrow-government/84667/DefenseTea Party activists have protested the federal government before, including this 2013 protest.J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoEven If We Find Them, It's Unclear Whether Military Forces Can 'Bring Back Our Girls'http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/05/even-if-we-find-them-its-unclear-whether-military-forces-can-bring-back-our-girls/84547/A Defense Department official said Thursday that the Nigerian military is unwilling to take on Boko Haram.Sarah Mimms, National JournalThu, 15 May 2014 17:31:31 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/05/even-if-we-find-them-its-unclear-whether-military-forces-can-bring-back-our-girls/84547/DefenseDemonstrators rallied Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria.Sunday Alamba/AP