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Acting Navy Secretary Under Fire For Speech Calling Fired Captain ‘Stupid’

Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), addresses the crew Jan. 17, 2020. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific.

How OSHA Has Failed to Protect America’s Workers From COVID-19

Efforts to create a federal rule to protect workers from infectious diseases were put on ice in President Donald Trump’s first year in office.

GovExec Daily: Oversight of the Stimulus Plan

IBM Center for the Business of Government Senior Fellow John Kamensky joins the podcast to discuss the accountability provisions in the CARES Act

Viewpoint: This Is What Happens When the Federal Government Abandons You

Local officials and health-care workers are losing faith in the national response, and struggling to improvise their own solutions.

Federal Prisons Pose ‘Imminent Danger’ in Spreading COVID-19, Union Says

A complaint filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cites hazards at 100 of 122 facilities nationwide.

State Department Allows Employees to Take Off 10 Paid Hours Per Week

Administrative leave will help employees look after loved ones or their own health during coronavirus crisis, department says.

Supreme Court Makes It Easier for Feds to Prove Age Discrimination

In an 8-1 decision, justices found that the “plain language” of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act has a lower burden of proof for proving differential treatment based on age in the federal government than the private sector.

Coronavirus Roundup: 39-Year-Old TSA Employee Dies, VA Steps Up Assistance to States

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.

Who Has Emergency Authority Over Elections? Nobody’s Quite Sure.

The tug of war over whether and how to hold Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary exposes a national problem: State and local officials with the most experience running elections lack the power to revamp or postpone voting during a crisis.

Lockheed Adds 1,000 Employees Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Wants to Hire 5,000 More

The defense giant also said it would give bonuses to employees who can’t work from home.

GovExec Daily: How Communities Enforce Stay-at-Home Orders

Route Fifty's Andrea Noble joined the podcast to talk about quarantine scofflaws and the rules states have put in place during the pandemic.

Trump Fires Intel IG, Taps White House Confidant for Pandemic Oversight Role

The president’s moves late Friday night underscore the vital role inspectors general play as agencies grapple with pandemic response and unprecedented federal spending.

COVID-19 Could Lead to An Epidemic of Clinical Depression

Stress, loss, loneliness and isolation are key factors in clinical depression, which affects millions. The U.S was unprepared for COVID-19 – will it remain unprepared for its medical aftermath?

Social Distancing Is Hard When You Live With Roommates

No one answers a Craigslist ad for housemates expecting to end up quarantined with those people.

SBA Experiences Chaotic Rollout to 'Unprecedented' Stimulus Program

Lawmakers on both sides and business owners alike criticized the Trump administration for a rocky implementation of a new paycheck protection program.

Defense Employees Report Poor Coronavirus Response at Two Facilities

Union officials said a naval base in Naples, Italy, has resisted calls to suspend nonessential services, while an OSHA complaint contends a Virginia facility failed to respond to an employee’s positive COVID-19 test.

Trump Administration Draws Fire for New Description of National Stockpile

The changed website language reflects controversial comments by Jared Kushner that downplayed the federal role.