Oversight

Oversight In 'Extraordinary Times': A Q&A With the Executive Overseeing Pandemic Spending

Robert Westbrooks explains how the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee is keeping tabs on historic levels of emergency spending.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Open Source Licensing Could Keep Big Pharma from Making Huge Profits off Taxpayer-Funded Research

Governments must embrace policies that promote sharing and collective invention to create and distribute a vaccine quickly.

Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands. It’s One More Threat to Voting by Mail.

More than 50,000 workers have taken time off for virus-related reasons, slowing mail delivery. The Postal Service doesn’t test employees or check their temperatures, and its contact tracing is erratic.

OPM Isn’t Doing Enough to Prevent Political Meddling in Reassignments of Senior Executives, Watchdog Finds

GAO reports that several agencies have made efforts to ensure that they comply with rules designed to prevent capricious reassignment of senior executives by political appointees, but gaps remain and OPM is unwilling to conduct oversight.

Federal Court Blocks Postal Service's Controversial Operational Changes Nationwide

USPS has admitted Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's reforms caused delays, which the judge found politically motivated and risked disenfranchising voters.

GovExec Daily: Career Feds and Political Interference

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the investigations into interference into agency work.

GovExec Daily: Communications and the Pandemic

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the $250M messaging contract at HHS that Democrats want to investigate.

Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open

Hundreds of emails offer a rare look at the meat industry’s influence and access to the highest levels of government. The draft was submitted a week before Trump’s executive order, which bore striking similarities.

America Is About to Lose Its 200,000th Life to Coronavirus. How Many More Have to Die?

As another grim milestone approaches, here are the lessons officials ignored and what the country needs to do to prevent further tragedy.

GovExec Daily: Federal Police Militarization and Presence at Protests

Dr. Angelica Durán-Martínez joins the podcast to discuss federal agency police at demonstrations in Portland through the lens of her research.

Lawmakers Question HHS’ $250 Million Contract for Coronavirus Communications 

Democrats are concerned the Trump administration is using taxpayer funds for "political propaganda" ahead of the election. 

House Democrat Seeks to Hold IGs Accountable for Reviewing Agencies’ Reopenings

Most of the watchdog offices contacted by Rep. Connolly plan to conduct some form of review. 

Congressional Subcommittees Will Investigate Fort Hood's Leadership After a String of Deaths

"Where appropriate, we intend to seek justice on behalf of those in uniform," the subcommittee chairs said while announcing their probe of the Texas Army base.

GovExec Daily: The Challenge of Balancing Evidence and Bold Action

MDRC's Dan Bloom joins the podcast to discuss how government can combine data-building and taking action.

The Emotionally Challenging Next Phase of the Pandemic

The end of summer is a bitter reminder: America’s coronavirus ordeal won’t end when 2020 does.

GovExec Daily: The Latest Deregulation Memo

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the August OMB memo on agencies soften rules for pursuing regulatory violators.