Tech

Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19

No, the virus was not engineered in a lab. The director of the National Institutes of Health debunks the claim and explains what scientists know about the novel coronavirus.

Nextgov

VA Delays Major IT Programs to Focus on COVID-19

The initial rollout of the new electronic health records system will be pushed out—again—as well as pilots for the new scheduling system. A third, integral effort remains on track.

Workforce

Coronavirus Roundup: Federal Government Scrambles to Obtain and Distribute Supplies

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

Workforce

Three VA Health Workers Have Died of COVID-19. 776 Have Tested Positive.

After workers reported shortages of tests, masks and gloves, VA health staff in Detroit; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Indianapolis have died of COVID-19. Almost 800 have tested positive.

Management

We Know Almost Nothing About the Costs of Grant Administration

A recent survey finds surprisingly wide variation and few efficiencies of scale.

Management

Beyond Sanitizing and Social Distancing – a Healthy Circadian Rhythm May Keep You Sane and Increase Resilience to Fight COVID-19

To boost your immune defenses against corona and other viruses, one of the most effective things you can do is maintain your natural circadian rhythms. Here's how to do that.

Management

GovExec Daily: Management Challenges in a Unique Time

National Academy of Public Administration CEO Terry Gerton joins the podcast to explain how federal managers can handle the challenges brought tot the fore by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defense

Acting Navy Secretary Quits After Slamming Fired CO to Carrier Crew

Thomas Modly flew to Guam on Monday, made a 15-minute speech aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, and spent the rest of the day trying to wriggle out of trouble.

Nextgov

White House Expands Coronavirus-Focused Supercomputing Consortium

Officials are putting high-performance computing resources to work across the country to help combat COVID-19.

Management

Administrative Law Judge Association Says Effort to Force Partial Contract Is 'Union Busting'

Officials with the group said efforts to implement part of a new union contract while elements remain under review by the Federal Service Impasses Panel are illegal.

Route Fifty

Black Americans Face Higher Rates of Coronavirus Infection

Citing initial reports that show a disproportionate impact on African Americans, lawmakers from across the country say more health departments and states need to publish race data on cases.

Route Fifty

Study: Air Pollution Increases Risk of Death from Coronavirus

The study by researchers at Harvard University's public health school is the first nationwide research to find a link between high rates of air pollution and higher rates of death from the novel coronavirus.

Workforce

VA Looks to Boost Hiring to Confront Coronavirus as Employees Decry Shortfalls

Medical staff only able to provide "subpar care" to patients under current circumstances, one nurse says.

Oversight

Trump Removes Acting Pentagon IG Slated to Lead Pandemic Oversight

Only current IGs may serve in the new position created by Congress to oversee the government's coronavirus relief effort.

Workforce

Coronavirus Roundup: Agencies Warn of Cyber Breaches During Telework

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

Workforce

The Pentagon Is Using Zoom. Is it Safe?

Experts say the ubiquitous videoconferencing tools bear some risk of accidentally exposing mundane details, and even inviting a new wave of deep fakes. But the risks can be managed.

Defense

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.

Oversight

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.

Oversight

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