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Medicare and Open Season

Here’s some information to help you make some very important decisions.

House Democrats Renew Calls for Bill Giving Election Agency More Funding and Responsibility 

The “For the People Act” would bolster funding and responsibilities for the Election Assistance Commission.

‘Stunning’ Executive Order Would Politicize Civil Service

President Trump signs directive that would potentially pull thousands of federal employees in "policy-making" positions out of the competitive service, making them at-will employees.

Coronavirus Roundup: Critical FDA Meeting Today; Fauci On Mistrust of Government

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

Veterans Affairs Secretary Headlines GOP Fundraiser as COVID-19 Cases Surge

Electioneering by a cabinet secretary is unusual by historical standards, but Trump administration officials continue to show no reluctance to play politics.

Viewpoint: The Postal Service Will Deliver on Mail-In Voting

The election outcome will impact the policy path the Postal Service will follow in the years to come, argues a former chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

GovExec Daily: How to Foster a Culture of Civility and Empathy

Former State Department official Shelby Scarbrough joins the podcast to discuss her book that draws from George Washington's rules for civility.

Salary Council: Federal Workers Make 23% Less than Private Sector Counterparts

The advisory council on federal compensation recommended that Carroll County, Ill., be added to the Davenport-Moline, Iowa-Ill., locality pay area.

Census Pulls Back on Year-End Delivery Commitment, Pushes Decision to Career Staff

Rushing in an effort to truncate the data processing timeline has "some risks," bureau official admits.

Advisory Agency Recommends Phaseout and Replacement of Disability Employment Program

The National Council on Disability raised concerns about the AbilityOne Program’s fulfillment of goals for moving more employees into higher paying jobs.

USPS Launched DeJoy's Changes Without Considering Impact, IG Says

Auditors confirm that reforms led to mail delays, fault Postal Service for poor communication.

Trump Administration Requests Info on Contractor Diversity Training as Officials Seek to Clarify What’s Allowed

Federal officials now say at least some unconscious bias training is all right under a recent controversial executive order.

The Vaccine News That Really Matters

Soon COVID-19 vaccine makers will release early data from large clinical trials, and the results could be ambiguous.

GovExec Daily: Reducing Lobbyist and Corporate Influence

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss a letter from House Democrats to Senate leadership urging against lobbyists in the executive branch.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Cases on Border Wall Funding, 'Remain in Mexico' Policy

The Migrant Protection Protocols program has been criticized for sending thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers to Mexican border states that have seen sustained violence.