Oversight

The Federal Government Gives Native Students an Inadequate Education, and Gets Away With It

The Bureau of Indian Education has repeatedly neglected warnings that it is not providing a quality education for 46,000 Native students. Once called a “stain on our Nation’s history,” the school system has let down its students for generations.

Inspector General Blasts Efforts to Transfer OPM Facility Authority to GSA

The Office of Personnel Management watchdog said the Trump administration took action without regard to the impact, potentially incurring millions of dollars in recurring annual costs.

Lawmakers Look to Further Strengthen Whistleblower Protections

Bills in the House and Senate would ban federal officials from blocking employees from sharing information with Congress, prohibit retaliatory investigations and protect more workers.

After a Year of Investigation, the Border Patrol Has Little to Say About Agents’ Misogynistic and Racist Facebook Group

The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation.

Acting State Department IG Will Resign Effective Friday

Amb. Stephen Akard was installed after Trump’s controversial firing of IG Steve Linick in May. 

How the 2020 Election Could Go Wrong

A war-game exercise simulating the 2020 election unmasked some key vulnerabilities.

GovExec Daily: Election Security as November Approaches

The Alliance for Securing Democracy's David Levine spoke to the podcast about how to keep voters – and votes – safe at the polls.

Analysis: Why the Democrats Can’t Nail Bill Barr

The long-awaited testimony of Trump’s most powerful Cabinet member yielded more venting than questions, and few answers. There’s a reason for that.

Lawmakers From Both Parties Seek Greater Vaccine Oversight

Under “Operation Warp Speed,” the Trump administration hopes to develop and distribute a vaccine for COVID-19 by early 2021.

They Warned OSHA They Were in 'Imminent Danger' at the Meat Plant. Now They’re Suing the Agency.

The suit by workers at Maid-Rite Speciality Foods in Pennsylvania employs a rarely used legal tool and is the latest in a growing chorus of complaints about how the federal agency charged with protecting workers has responded to COVID-19.

GovExec Daily: The Holes in the Vacancies Act

The Project on Government Oversight's Rebecca Jones joins the show to talk about the large amount of acting officials in the Trump administration.

Watchdog Accuses OPM of Slow-Rolling Hiring Abuse Investigation

IG is looking into alleged misuse of direct hire authority to install political appointees in positions that should be held by career federal workers.

Medicare Agency’s Contracting Violations Show Need for Pandemic Oversight

Experts say HHS inspector general’s findings should serve as a warning about potential waste, fraud and abuse.

Your Coping and Resilience Strategies Might Need to Shift as the COVID-19 Crisis Continues

As the pandemic drags on, uncertainty and fears about health and safety mix with confusion and challenges tied to re-opening society. You need flexibility when picking your coping strategies.