Oversight

Lawmakers Question Agencies on Implementation of Customer Service Act 

The law requires agencies to accept digital signatures to authorize congressional offices to help constituents.

A High-Risk Medical Device Didn’t Meet Federal Standards. The Government Paid Millions for More.

For years after federal inspectors found serious problems with the HeartWare heart pump, agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continued paying to implant it in patients.

Analysis: The Vaccine-Mandate Case Is About So Much More Than Vaccine Mandates

This could be the start of a major dismantling of the federal government.

As Patients Fell Ill With COVID-19 Inside Hospitals, Government Oversight Fell Short

A KHN investigation finds that hospitals with high rates of COVID-19 patients who didn’t have the diagnosis when they were admitted have rarely been held accountable due to multiple gaps in government oversight.

The Low-and-Slow Approach to Food Safety Reform Keeps Going Up in Smoke

The U.S. has one agency that regulates cheese pizza and another that oversees pepperoni pizza. Efforts to fix the food safety system have stalled again and again.

This Scientist Created a Rapid Test Just Weeks Into the Pandemic. Here’s Why You Still Can’t Get It.

Irene Bosch developed a quick, inexpensive COVID-19 test in early 2020. The Harvard-trained scientist already had a factory set up. But she was stymied by an FDA process experts say made no sense.

We’re Heading Toward a Very American Climate Tragedy

If Democrats fail to pass a climate policy, they will all but guarantee that the world will warm by a dangerous amount and that the U.S. will surrender its technological advantage to China.

Reversed Employee Suspension at USDA Leads to New Policy on Employee Publishing Rights

Employee successfully challenges an agency's attempt to prohibit her from conducting certain activities when off the clock.

Agencies Are Getting Better at Using the Defense Production Act for Pandemic Response

A watchdog report shows progress just as the Biden administration plans to increase reliance on the law to combat the omicron variant.

Lawmakers Propose Reforms Following ‘Flagrant Mismanagement’ of Trump Hotel Lease

Oversight of the lease has been the subject of controversy for years from lawmakers, government watchdogs and outside groups.

Republicans Try to Undo Health Care Worker Vaccine Mandate

This is similar to the attempt to block the private business vaccine rule. 

Liberals ‘Need to Get On the Defense Committees,’ If They Want Change

“At this point, I think defense is just not that important to progressives one way or the other,” said one expert after Democrats came away from negotiations empty handed.

Why the January 6 Investigation Is Weirdly Static

The House committee can still succeed, but success won't look like what a lot of onlookers are hoping for.

White House Releases 'Unprecedented’ Guidance to Agencies on Cooperating With Watchdogs

Strengthening communication and establishing liaisons for inspectors general offices are some of the new action items for agency leaders. 

We All Should Be Rooting for the Infrastructure Implementation Task Force

Identifying the people and places left behind in the current economy is critical.