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New Engineering Report Finds Privately Built Border Wall Will Fail

The report, set to be filed in federal court this week, confirms reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune that found portions of the wall were in danger of overturning if not fixed due to extensive erosion just months after it was built.

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GovExec Daily: The ODNI Briefings and Congressional Oversight

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss John Ratcliffe's letter informing Congress that ODNI will no longer provide the in-person briefings on election security.

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Administration’s Decision to Halt Election Security Briefings Worries Many

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said that in an effort to prevent leaks, the intelligence community will no longer provide in-person briefings to Congress about threats, only written updates.

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Viewpoint: ‘America First’ Enters Its Most Combustible Moment

If the next 150 days turn out to be Trump’s final days in office, he could still wreak a lot of havoc on American foreign policy.

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A New Era of Coronavirus Testing Is About to Begin

A newly authorized test promises to double America’s monthly testing capacity, thanks in part to a huge purchase by the Trump administration. Can the test deliver?

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Feds Can Be Prosecuted for Hatch Act Violations, Though Pompeo and Wolf Are Likely in the Clear

Prosecutions would be possible for the Cabinet officials' non-appointed aides if they were deemed to have acted inappropriately.

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FDA Is Departing from Long-Standing Procedures to Deal with Public Health Crises, and This May Foreshadow Problems for COVID-19 Vaccines

The rushed emergency approval for a treatment that might help COVID-19 patients has raised questions: Is the FDA abandoning its own guidelines?

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GovExec Daily: The Postmaster General's Appearances on the Hill

GovExec's Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss Louis DeJoy's two recent appearances before Congress.

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Many U.S. Workplaces Required to Report Injuries Flouted New Labor Department Rule

A federal magistrate judge’s ruling has freed OSHA records from large employers across the country. Access to this data will help the public identify America’s most dangerous companies

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GovExec Daily: The Plasma Treatment Approval and the Coronavirus

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the latest government coronavirus news.

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GAO: Federal Agencies Lag in Retaining Veteran Employees

Between fiscal 2014 and 2018, nearly 7% of veterans left federal service, compared with only 5% of non-veterans, the watchdog agency found.

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Meet the Federal Employee Scammers Who Pretended They Worked for the CIA

They held government jobs, but passed themselves off as having far more exciting secret careers.

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GovExec Daily: Reevaluating the Hatch Act

Citizen for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's Donald K. Sherman joins the podcast to discuss the complexities surrounding the rule in the Trump era.

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Lawmakers Ask Watchdog to Review New Coronavirus Data Reporting System Housed Within HHS 

“We are concerned that these reporting changes undermine the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts,” wrote top House Energy and Commerce Committee members. 

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Meatpacking Companies Dismissed Years of Warnings but Now Say Nobody Could Have Prepared for COVID-19

In documents dating to 2006, government officials predicted that a pandemic would threaten critical businesses and warned them to prepare. Meatpacking companies largely ignored them, and now nearly every one of the predictions has come true.

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GovExec Daily: What Explains the Postal Service Delays and Changes?

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the recent changes to USPS.

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Former USPS Leader from Texas Says Postmaster General Louis Dejoy is 'Destroying Confidence' in the Postal Service

Carolyn Lewis, a former USPS Board of Governors chair, said she has been disturbed by reports of cost-cutting measures and concerns that the mail service will not be able to handle an influx of mailed-in ballots.

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Watchdog: OSHA Had Trouble Processing Whistleblower Complaints Efficiently Even Before Coronavirus Hit

During the first four months of the pandemic the agency received 30% more complaints than during the same period in 2019. 

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Burial Site Found on a Property Tied to Obama, Causing Tension With Native Hawaiians

After Native Hawaiian remains were found on the multimillion-dollar oceanfront lot being developed by the chair of the Obama Foundation, a state official decided to relocate the remains. Kamuela Kala‘i is speaking up for her ancestors.