Oversight

Watchdog Identifies Multiple Security Deficiencies at VA Medical Center in Louisiana

The VA’s Office of Inspector General found “critical and high-risk vulnerabilities on 37% of the devices” at the Louisiana-based medical center.

The Labor Department Evolves Its Efforts to Help States Deliver Unemployment Insurance

A pilot project meant to give the federal government a more central role in unemployment insurance delivery, is raising questions inside the Department of Labor and in Congress about the role of identity verification and enforcement authority over states in the system.

Conspiracy Theories Are Dangerous Even if Very Few People Believe Them

Worrying about how many people believe false ideas misses the real danger – that people are influenced by them whether they believe them or not.

GovExec Daily: Preparing For the Midterm Elections at the Election Assistance Commission

Courtney Bublé speaks to Thomas Hicks, EAC chair, about the upcoming November elections on the podcast.

Legislation Increasing Whistleblower Protections for Federal Employees Gets House Approval

It is one of several bills House lawmakers took up this week to improve government transparency and accountability. 

The House Plans to Take Up Whistleblower Protections Legislation

The bill would fill in gaps from previous whistleblower legislation, according to a coalition of advocacy groups.

New Fight Opens in Congress Over VA Policy that Sidesteps State Abortion Bans

Sharp GOP criticism of new abortion policy is expected to lead to court challenges

GovExec Daily: The State of The Economy and Inflation

The University of New Haven's Leah Hartman joins podcast to discuss inflation and the state of the American economy.

Justice Department to Appeal Trump Special Master Order

Government prosecutors ask U.S. District Judge Cannon not to force them to hand over classified records seized in Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago while appeal is pending

Lawmaker Looks to Increase Congressional Oversight of Embassy Projects

A new bill comes in response to issues identified in the construction of a new embassy compound in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Meet Mary Wakefield, the Nurse Administrator Tasked with Revamping the CDC

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has tapped Mary Wakefield to help “reset” the agency after its public failures handling the covid pandemic. Those who know Wakefield say her high standards and problem-solving skills make her a good fit for the job.

CFPB Warns Firms On Poor Cyber Hygiene

The agency says that bad password and data management and other practices can expose companies to legal consequences.

GovExec Daily: Tackling the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill

Samantha Medlock, senior counsel with the Select Committee on Climate Crisis, speaks to GovExec about legislation and the environment.

Sounding the Alarm on Extremism, Biden Says ‘MAGA Republicans’ Pose Threat to Democracy

Thursday’s speech marks Biden’s second visit to Pennsylvania — a battleground state with high-stakes elections this fall — in the past week

Commentary: Student Loan Forgiveness Proves that if Government Can’t Help Americans, What Good Is It?

The costs of college, even at public universities, have outstripped stagnant wages and Americans need student loan forgiveness.

As Colorado River Dries, the U.S. Teeters on the Brink of Larger Water Crisis

The megadrought gripping the western states is only part of the problem. Alternative sources of water are also imperiled, and the nation’s food along with it.