VA Mandates Vaccines for Health Care Workers

“It’s the best way to keep veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough.

To Cope with the Labor Shortage, Raise Emotional Compensation

People are longing for more positive workplace cultures. Coming out of the pandemic is a natural time to make improvements.

Lawmakers Seek Answers on Drug Inspection Delays During the Pandemic 

The FDA said earlier this week that domestic inspections are getting back to normal. 

Homeland Security Cancels Two Border Wall Contracts

These are the first cancellations since DHS released its plan for unobligated border wall funds in June. 

America Is Getting Unvaccinated People All Wrong

They’re not all anti-vaxxers, and treating them as such is making things worse.

New Justice Communications Policy Strives for Independence from Political Influence 

The White House also released its policy for communications with agencies and departments. 

Converted Texas Prison Gets First Immigrant Detainees as Gov. Greg Abbott’s Border Security Effort Ramps Up

Border-crossing immigrants are being arrested by Texas troopers on state charges like trespassing, and they’re starting to trickle into a prison emptied to house them.

Institutional Authority Has Vanished. Wikipedia Points to the Answer.

The crowdsourced reference site can teach the CDC how to communicate in an era of rumors and shifting information.

OPM Reclaims Human Capital Council Duties Following Failed GSA Merger

The Trump administration had moved the Chief Human Capital Officers Council’s staff from OPM to GSA shortly before Congress blocked the controversial plan to merge the agencies.

Analysis: Necessary or Not, COVID-19 Booster Shots Are Probably on the Horizon

In today’s pharmaceutical universe, a simple “safe and effective” determination by the Food and Drug Administration to approve a drug can be manipulated to sell products of questionable value. And drugmakers can profit handsomely.

Hiring and Retention Are Key to Modernizing the State Department, Experts Testify

The secretary of State has said he is committed to “recruiting, retaining, promoting officers with the skills to contend with 21st century challenges and who look like the country we represent.”

To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy, Public Officials Need to Get Creative

To achieve herd immunity, a new survey shows a need to address specific misinformation themes.

USPS Regulator Approves Price Spike but Warns Mail Slowdowns Could Have Worse-Than-Expected Impact

Commission criticizes postal management for faulty assumptions, insufficient testing and disregard for customers.

GovExec Daily: The 'Pandemic of the Unvaccinated'

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss vaccination rates and other COVID-19 stories.