Oversight

Senate Chairman Presses for Details on Deleted Jan. 6 Texts

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, wants officials to explain what they know about the deletion of texts potentially relevant to ongoing inquiries into the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and why seemingly routine records management directives were ignored.

GovExec Daily: IRS Hiring in the Big Climate Bill

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act.

A Former Watchdog Has Ideas on Dealing With Poorly Performing Inspectors General

The former acting Pentagon inspector general asks, “Who is watching the watchdogs?”

The Inflation Reduction Act Promises Thousands of New Oil Leases. Drillers Might not Want Them.

The bigger question about Joe Manchin’s fossil fuel provisions is if they’ll succeed on the senator’s own terms.

GovExec Daily: What Happens After The Mar-A-Lago FBI Search?

Federal employment attorney Dan Mayer joins the podcast to discuss records management and what feds need to know.

How the FBI Knew What to Search for at Mar-A-Lago – and Why the Presidential Records Act Is An Essential Tool for the National Archives and Future Historians

A presidential scholar sets the history and context for the battle over President Trump’s official records – and says it isn’t the first records battle between the government and a former president.

GovExec Daily: Getting More Women into Federal Policing

Courtney Bublé speaks to Cathy Sanz, president of the group Women in Federal Law Enforcement, about gender issues in law enforcement.

New Photos Suggest How Trump, Flush with Power, May Have Sent Official Documents down the Toilet

Photos showing what appear to be torn-up documents in two different toilets may provide more evidence of the former president’s habit of destroying his presidential documents.

Senate Approves Democrats' Sweeping Climate and Health Bill

The legislation would unlock billions in new grants for states and local governments. But some lament its lack of help on housing and other issues. It will next go to the House.

Senate Panel Works Over Bill to Assure Peaceful Transfers of Power

The Electoral Count Act has become a recent concern following the Jan. 6 insurrection

GovExec Daily: Criminal Referrals at the Border and Immigration Policy

Syracuse University's Austin Kocher joins the podcast to his latest immigration research.

A New Bill Seeks to Prevent the Secret Service from Withholding Records from its Watchdog

“While I share the concerns of my colleagues about the actions of the current inspector general, it is also clear the Secret Service tried to impede the inspector general’s investigation into the events of Jan. 6,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

‘We Need Your Help’: Election Officials Ask Congress to Better Address Harassment Ahead of Midterms

Women make up the overwhelming majority of the election workforce, and many are facing threats in the wake of lies spread about the integrity of the 2020 election.

A Top Senate Democrat Asks the Defense Watchdog to Investigate a New Batch of Missing Jan. 6 Texts

“I don’t know whether the failure to preserve these critical government texts from Jan. 6 is the result of bad faith, stunning incompetence, or outdated records management policies, but we must get to the bottom of it,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

The Independent State Legislature Doctrine Could Reverse 200 Years of Progress and Take Power Away from the People

A doctrine embraced by some conservatives could be adopted by the Supreme Court. And if they do, Americans’ political power will be dramatically limited.

A Top Senate Democrat Has Asked DOJ to Investigate Missing Jan. 6 Text Messages

The Homeland Security watchdog has been under fire for its handling of the matter.