Oversight

Committee Advances Bill to Protect IGs from Political Retaliation 

The sweeping legislation addresses many issues raised during the Trump administration. 

Justice Department Launches New COVID-19 Fraud Task Force

President Biden has been encouraging strong oversight of relief funds. 

Democratic Lawmakers Urge Biden To Act On Gender-Neutral Federal IDs

The administration promised to allow nonbinary and intersex people to get passports that reflect their gender identities. Rep. Ro Khanna told The 19th an executive order is a “good first step.”

GovExec Daily: Brian Miller and Pandemic Oversight

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss her conversation with the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery and other oversight stories.

How America’s Partisan Divide Over Pandemic Responses Played Out in the States

States led by Republican governors generally had higher COVID-19 case and death rates in 2020.

OPM Failed to Notify Employees of Coworker COVID Infections, Require Mask-Wearing, IG Says

The watchdog said many of the problems related to the agency’s coronavirus response have been solved by a new workforce safety plan finalized earlier this year.

Watchdog Suggests 112 New Actions to Enhance Government Savings and Efficiency 

Taxpayer services, prison staffing and infectious disease modeling are some of the areas the Government Accountability Office listed as ripe for reforms. 

GovExec Daily: A Year of Pandemic Oversight

Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery Brian Miller speaks to GovExec's Courtney Bublé about his time in his role.

Were Biden’s Ethics Waivers for Labor Ties Justified?

“Not all ethics waivers are bad,” said a former director of the Office of Government Ethics.

J&J’s Reputation Needs a Booster Shot

The reputation of all COVID-19 vaccines hinges on improving perceptions of the Johnson and Johnson shot.

Detecting Rare Blood Clots Was a Win, But U.S. Vaccine Safety System Still Has Gaps

With some 100 million Americans fully vaccinated, the U.S. is relying on a patchwork network of vaccine monitoring systems that lack the breadth and depth of large, population-based programs, experts said.

Watchdog Alleges ‘Turf Battles’ Over Pandemic Oversight 

The pandemic inspector general asked the Justice Department for a legal opinion after getting “resistance” from other agencies. 

Lawmakers Look to Crack Down on White House's Discretion in Allocating Agency Funding

Democrats decry "unelected officials" who make spending decisions in communities they do not understand.

Bipartisan Group of Senators Push for Trade Office IG

Nearly every other Cabinet-level agency has an inspector general.