Coronavirus Roundup: Changes at the CDC; the Republicans on the COVID Panel

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

Couch, Private Meeting Booth or Desk? Feds Can Come Try Out New Office Digs in D.C.

This is part of GSA’s “workplace 2030” initiative as federal agencies work on their post-pandemic plans.   

The House Wants Agencies to Reveal the Deals They Cut to Avoid Lengthy Legal Battles

The settlement agreements federal agencies enter into would become more transparent under a bill passed Tuesday.

A NOAA Employee Ignored the Hatch Act Repeatedly. It Took a Decade For Him to Be Fired.

The employee ran for Congress several times beginning in 2012, and was warned this was a violation of the law. 

The USPS Is Leaving Money on the Table With a Poor Investment Strategy, IG Says

The current approach is also leaving the Postal Service vulnerable to unnecessary risk, the watchdog found.

The Federal Government Can Use Its Buying Power to Help the Environment and Save Taxpayers Money

Even small shifts in procurement rules that encourage reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will have a ripple effect.

Taxpayer Advocate Pushes For IRS to Make Its Own Free, Direct e-File System

A new report calls the current e-file program, a collaboration between private tax prep companies and the IRS, greatly underutilized and advises the agency to develop a new system.

Influx of Federal Cash Headed to Trail Projects Nationwide

Some of the money is from new earmarks included in a recent federal spending package. The funding comes as bike and pedestrian trail use has been on the rise.

Coronavirus Roundup: Two Years of the Biden Administration

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

State Department Opens Up Refugee Sponsorship to Individual Americans

The Biden administration, having bemoaned its internal shortfalls, leans on others outside government to meet the president's lofty admission goals.

House Republicans Take a Big Swing at Regulations 

But the likelihood of home runs isn’t high due to the Democrats controlling the Senate and the White House. 

The White House Will Require Agency Labor Advisors to Oversee Federal Contractors

Following through on a recommendation from a White House task force on empowering workers, administration officials said the 24 largest agencies must designate labor advisors, and strongly encouraged smaller agencies to do the same.

Report: The CDC is in ‘Peril,’ But Here’s How to Fix it

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should rethink its D.C. presence and reform hiring, the report suggests. 

DHS' New Limited Policy on Vehicle Chases Brings Hope for Ending Unnecessary Deaths

Nearly 100 individuals have died in car chases with federal border personnel over the last dozen years.