Oversight

Democrats Ask Trump Administration to Name Names of Feds Participating in Racist, Sexist Group

Agency says it has taken sufficient disciplinary action, but wants to protect individuals’ privacy.

What Is a Margin of Error? This Statistical Tool Can Help You Understand Vaccine Trials and Political Polling

Whether you are predicting the outcome of an election or studying how effective a new drug is, there will always be some uncertainty. A margin of error is how statisticians measure that uncertainty.

Congress Launches Investigations into Capitol Police Following Siege

Two Senate committees add an inquest to the House inquiry announced on Thursday.

GovExec Daily: Getting the Best People into the Civil Service

Dr. Lisa Parshall and Dr. Jim Twombly join the podcast again to talk about how to make public service jobs more attractive to more people, including paying feds more.

Biden Picks Merrick Garland and Three Women to Lead Justice Department

Biden’s picks for deputy attorney general, associate attorney general and assistant attorney general for civil rights are all women.

GovExec Daily: The Administrative State Under the Trump Presidency

Dr. Lisa Parshall and Dr. Jim Twombly join the podcast to discuss their book on the outgoing president's effects on the federal government.

Analysis: Some Said the Vaccine Rollout Would Be a ‘Nightmare.’ They Were Right.

There are already signs that distribution of the COVID vaccines will be messy, confusing and chaotic.

Populism Erupts when People Feel Disconnected and Disrespected

Donald Trump has been a populist president. Understanding populism's roots in the U.S. and elsewhere is essential for addressing its rise and threat to democracy.

Agencies Are Generally Complying With Trump Diversity Training Changes, Watchdogs Find

A federal judge recently issued a preliminary injunction for the executive order as it applies to contractors and grantees. 

Environmental Groups Allege Texas Rubber-Stamped Industrial Plants' Pollution — and that the EPA Looked the Other Way

The groups are suing the EPA, saying it failed to address concerns that air permits issued to big industrial facilities didn’t meet federal standards.

The ‘Gateway Drug to Corruption and Overspending’ Is Returning to Congress – but Are Earmarks Really that Bad?

Banned in 2011, pork-barrel spending may return to Congress, where Democrats want to resurrect the practice to make passing budgets easier – and help keep their narrow majority in 2022 elections.

GovExec Daily: Native Communities, the Federal Government and the Pandemic

Northern Arizona University professors Dr. Lisa Hardy and Dr. Kerry Thompson join the podcast to discuss how tribal governments are handling the COVID-19 crisis.

The Trump Administration’s Final Push to Make It Easier for Religious Employers to Discriminate

Last-minute policies on religious freedom clear the way for employers to hire on the basis of faith. Some of the changes won't be easy for Biden to undo.

Groups Request Reminder of Federal Employees’ Whistleblower Rights

They are concerned agency heads could be scaring employees away from disclosing wrongdoing.

Watchdog Finds Education Department’s Return to Office Plan is Generally Good

The plan largely incorporates recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

GovExec Daily: Revisiting 2020 Election Security

The Alliance for Securing Democracy's David Levine joins the podcast to discuss how elections can be more secure in the wake of the recent presidential contest.

Hang On for Three More Months

Some simple advice for anyone contemplating a holiday gathering: Wait until March.