How George Washington Used His First Thanksgiving as President to Unite a New Country

For his first presidential Thanksgiving, George Washington aimed to pull his country together in the face of the many internal divisions that could yank it apart.

Transition Roundup: Trump Refuses to Concede; Biden Teams Prepare to Go Into Agencies

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

Biden Reportedly Will Nominate Janet Yellen to Become Nation’s First Female Treasury Secretary

If confirmed, Janet Yellen would be the first woman to ever hold the three most influential economic positions in U.S. government history.

Why You Don’t Mess Around With Presidential Transitions

Being president is a tremendously difficult job. Starting the first day without preparation could set up a presidency to fail.

GovExec Daily: The Coronavirus Response During the Transition

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the COVID-19 crisis amid vaccine news and the transfer of power.

The World’s Most Important Videoconference

How can Joe Biden build a government remotely during a pandemic?

GSA Gives Green Light for Presidential Transition to Biden Administration to Formally Begin

The Biden team can now meet with agency personnel, receive briefing materials and access millions of dollars in funds.

Several Federal Agencies to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccines to Employees Directly

The agencies will receive their own allocations of the immunizations and then distribute them to their workforces.

OMB Advises Agencies on Contractors’ Limiting Their Use of Foreign Workers

The agency issued a memo to supplement President Trump’s executive order in August. 

OMB Reportedly Designates 88% of Its Employees for Schedule F

One former official said the decision will make it harder, not easier, for presidents of both parties to implement their policy agendas in the future.

GSA Agrees to Brief Congress on Delayed Transition — Next Week

Briefings will occur on November 30 and will be closed to the press.

5 Ways to Create a More Inclusive Work Environment

Maintaining a culture of relentless curiosity, where employees are invited to challenge assumptions, is good for organizations and healthy for people.

Personality, Not Policy, Will Determine Top House Armed Services Republican

The pick may telegraph whether the GOP intends a cooperative or combative approach to the Biden administration.

Coronavirus Roundup: FDA Approves Second Antibody Treatment; HHS Seeks Feedback on Handling of the Pandemic

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

36 Members of the National Guard Heading to Work in El Paso Mortuaries as Coronavirus Cases Soar

The border city recently resorted to using inmates from the county jail to move bodies. At the request of county officials, the state is sending assistance.

The Women Who Could Lead Biden’s Economic Recovery

A significant number of women are being considered for key economic slots in the Biden administration, including as secretaries of Treasury, Commerce and Labor.

GovExec Daily: The Effects of the Ascertainment Delay

George Washington University's Steven L. Schooner joins the podcast to discuss GSA chief Emily Murphy's decision to not officially start the transition.