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Coronavirus Roundup: The Federal Government Plans for Young Kids’ Vaccines Amid Funding Crunch

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

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More Reality Checks Could Help Keep Defense Programs on Time and Budget, GAO Says

The Pentagon has long espoused “knowledge-based acquisition,” but doesn’t insist on it.

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GovExec Daily: A Conversation With Public Health AmeriCorps' New Director

Courtney Bublé interviews AJ Pearlman about her new role and the partnership between CDC and Americorps.

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CDC and AmeriCorps Team Up to Bolster the Public Health Workforce

“We saw throughout the COVID pandemic that there was a real need to support local communities, not only in responding to COVID, but also in their broader public health needs,” the new director says.

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Interior Department to Phase out Single-Use Plastics on All Public Lands

Agencies including the National Park Service will have until 2032 to eliminate them.

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Unemployment Insurance Has Been Added to GAO's 'High Risk' List

The government watchdog says more than $78 billion in improper unemployment insurance payments were made in fiscal year 2021, and cited fraud, poor customer service, inequitable access, legacy tech and staffing shortages as key drivers of failure.

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The White House Just Pulled Its Nominee to Fill the Still-Vacant Job of Federal Procurement Chief

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has not had a confirmed leader since the Trump administration, despite the Biden administration's goals to use procurement to advance equity and curb climate change. 

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DOE Shares the Playbook for Energy Emergencies

The Energy Emergency Response Playbook for States and Territories is designed to help state officials respond to threats to the energy infrastructure from cyberattacks, man-made damage and weather-related incidents like drought, flooding, storms, extreme heat or earthquakes.

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U.S. Tragedies from Guns Have Often – but not Always – Spurred Political Responses

Congress tends to be most likely to act after an assassination or assassination attempt of historic proportions or mass shootings. But sometimes lawmakers do nothing beyond debate new measures.

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The Federal Response to Monkeypox: Empathy, Equity, Science and Transparency

Mitigating the virus comes down to “testing, tracing and timely vaccines and treatments,” a senior health official says.

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Coronavirus Roundup: Vaccines for Little Kids Could Be Coming Soon

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

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Biden Calls on Congress to Pass an Assault Weapons Ban and Other Gun Restrictions

He offered other measures more likely to pass in Congress, like raising the age to 21 to purchase such weapons.

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Future COVID-19 Booster Shots Will Likely Need Fresh Formulations as New Coronavirus Variants of Concern Continue to Emerge

A new generation of vaccines and boosters against SARS-CoV-2 may take a page from the anti-influenza playbook, with shots periodically tailored to target the most commonly circulating virus strains.

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GovExec Daily: The Security Clearance Process and Diversity

Lindy Kyzer joins the podcast to discuss how to get the best and most diverse talent into the intelligence community.

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USDA Launches Outreach Project for a Key Nutrition Program

The WIC program struggles with participation and retention rates, but a new push is afoot to identify eligible recipients.

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The Federal Government Is Ramping Up Anti-Retail Theft Efforts

“It’s a crime that’s occurring out in our streets that is becoming large enough where the federal government is announcing its involvement,” said a top DHS official. 

Management

Throwing Money at Infrastructure Projects Is Not Enough

It’s time to invest in the workforce we need to implement the bipartisan infrastructure law.

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The Biden Administration Begins Shifting Asylum Determinations to Federal Officers

The policy is aimed at speeding up the process and taking some work away from the severely backlogged immigration courts.

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