Oversight

GAO: Coast Guard Can Do More to Monitor Telework Use

Early in the pandemic, the service suffered from inadequate bandwidth and a laptop shortage, although those issues were alleviated by summer 2020.

Oversight

Watchdog: HHS Should Update Congress on COVID-19 Spending Time Frames

GAO offers 15 new recommendations for improving the federal government’s pandemic response. 

Workforce

IRS Funding Surge Punted From Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

Democrats still plan to fund major hiring boost for the tax agency in another measure.

Oversight

New COVID-19 Vaccine Warnings Don’t Mean It’s Unsafe – They Mean the System to Report Side Effects Is Working

Ongoing tracking is meant to spot very rare risks – like the connection between the Johnson & Johnson shot and Guillain-Barré syndrome. And it relies on public reporting.

Workforce

63% of Workers Who File an EEOC Discrimination Complaint Lose Their Jobs

Workers who filed complaints faced retaliation and rarely got a favorable result from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Workforce

GovExec Daily: The Complications of Raising the Minimum Contractor Wage

GovExec contributor Stan Soloway joins the podcast discuss the the Biden Executive Order.

Management

DOJ Will Not Prosecute Trump Officials After IG Referred Findings of False Testimony on Census

Investigators verified that former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross misled Congress, but the Justice Department said it won't pursue prosecution.

Nextgov

NIST Outlines Security Measures for Software Use and Testing Under Executive Order

Eyes now turn to the Office of Management and Budget to issue requirements for federal agencies and contractors based on NIST’s work.

Oversight

Inspector General Vindicates Top Global Media Agency Officials Suspended During Trump Administration

The situation was one of many controversial ones under the agency’s former CEO, who claims he was trying to “return this agency to fulfilling its legally mandated mission.” 

Route Fifty

How Localities and States Can Prepare for Broadband Expansion

Governments can use American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay for broadband infrastructure. Experts say local governments are in the best position to know what initiatives will work to connect residents.

Pay & Benefits

GPO To Offer Full-Time Telework After COVID

Around one-third of the agency’s 1,500 employees will be able to work entirely remotely, and officials said some will be able to move out of the Washington, D.C., area.

Management

A Postal Worker Begged for Stronger COVID-19 Protections. She Ended Up Spending Six Weeks in the Hospital.

The limited response to postal workers’ repeated appeals for help provides a window into the failures of two federal agencies: the Postal Service, which is one of the country’s largest employers, and OSHA, which is supposed to protect workers.

Defense

National Guard Scrambles for Funds After Congress Refuses to Cover Jan. 6-Related Costs

More than a half billion dollars in the hole, the Guard’s chief has ordered the heads of the Army and Air Guards to claw back money from state units.

Workforce

Biden Targets Noncompete Agreements, Which Restrict the Job Opportunities of Millions of Low-Wage Workers

The president is asking the Federal Trade Commission to ban or limit their use as part of an executive order promoting competition.

Workforce

GovExec Daily: Federal In-Person Office Policies and the 'Honor System'

Federal employment attorney Stephanie Rapp-Tully joins the show to discuss vaccination proof and agency's – and feds' – risks.

Workforce

House Spending Bill Pushes Social Security to Reverse Trump-era Workforce Changes

Language accompanying the bill orders a report by the end of 2021 on telework, and urges the agency to reverse actions that undercut the independence of administrative law judges.

Pay & Benefits

Inflation and the Great COLA Countdown of 2021

For the first time in recent memory, the annual cost-of-living adjustment for federal retirement benefits could increase significantly.

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