Coronavirus Roundup: Former Pence Aide Speaks Out; Report on Minorities Voting During Pandemic Was Shelved 

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

Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands. It’s One More Threat to Voting by Mail.

More than 50,000 workers have taken time off for virus-related reasons, slowing mail delivery. The Postal Service doesn’t test employees or check their temperatures, and its contact tracing is erratic.

Poll: Biden Leads Trump Among Federal Workforce by 28%

Six-in-10 feds say they plan to vote for the former vice president.

To Be a Great Innovator, Learn to Embrace and Thrive in Uncertainty

Many great innovators have personality traits in common. Comfort with uncertainty is critical, but passion, curiosity and a number of other learnable skills can prime you for an innovate idea.

GovExec Daily: What are the Best Dates for Feds to Retire?

Tammy Flanagan joins the podcast to discuss her annual column on the best times for public servants to retire.

OPM Isn’t Doing Enough to Prevent Political Meddling in Reassignments of Senior Executives, Watchdog Finds

GAO reports that several agencies have made efforts to ensure that they comply with rules designed to prevent capricious reassignment of senior executives by political appointees, but gaps remain and OPM is unwilling to conduct oversight.

Federal Court Blocks Postal Service's Controversial Operational Changes Nationwide

USPS has admitted Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's reforms caused delays, which the judge found politically motivated and risked disenfranchising voters.

Best Dates to Retire 2021

Our annual look at the optimum days to bid farewell to a career in government.

When Politics and Procurement Mix, The Effects Can Be Deadly

Important components of the pandemic response have bypassed essential rules and protocols, but the problems go beyond the current crisis.

Defense Intel Head: We ‘Did What We Were Supposed To’ With COVID Warning

DIA chief hints that the public doesn’t yet know just what the military knew about the coronavirus.

ICE Deported a Woman Who Accused Guards of Sexual Assault While the Feds Were Still Investigating the Incident

The DHS and DOJ inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. DHS instructed ICE not to deport a key witness, then suddenly decided to allow it.

GovExec Daily: Career Feds and Political Interference

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the investigations into interference into agency work.

Postal Employees Skeptical as Top Officials Testify They Were 'Appalled' Over Mail Delays

Top brass from USPS headquarters say slowdown was caused by local officials misinterpreting Louis DeJoy's initiatives.