Oversight

COVID-19 and How the CDC Can Change Before the Next Pandemic

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss a new report with recommendations.

Oversight

Although USDA Agencies that Relocated to Kansas City Have Recovered from Staff Exoduses, Their Diversity Hasn’t

The Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service and National Institutes of Food and Agriculture shed more than half their workforces following their relocation from Washington to Kansas City.

Oversight

House GOP Would Make It Easier for Feds to Give Public Lands Away to States

House Republicans had an identical rule when they controlled the chamber from 2017 to 2019.

Oversight

Congress Investigates Presidents, the Military, Baseball and Whatever It Wants – a Brief Modern History of Oversight

The House GOP has announced a slew of investigations, including a review of the conduct of the Department of Justice and its investigations of Donald Trump.

Oversight

The Commerce Dept. Needs Better Oversight of its Law Enforcement Unit, IG Found

The unit handles investigations and enforcement actions on violations related to export laws and regulations, and the bureau that houses it has become “even more important amid Russia’s war and rising U.S.-China tensions,” one analyst observed. 

Oversight

America’s Biggest Museums Fail to Return Native American Human Remains

The remains of more than 100,000 Native Americans are held by prestigious U.S. institutions, despite a 1990 law meant to return them to tribal nations. Here’s how the ancestors were stolen — and how tribes are working to get them back.

Oversight

Burning Man Sues BLM Over Geothermal Project

The nonprofit behind the festival says that the agency failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act when it ruled in October that the exploration project would have “no significant impact,” meaning it doesn’t require a more rigorous environmental review.

Oversight

Interior’s Cyber Practices Allow for Easily Crackable Passwords, Watchdog Finds

An OIG investigation found that the Interior Department has not fully implemented multifactor authentication and that its “outdated and ineffective” password requirements leave employees’ accounts vulnerable to exploitation.

Oversight

Joe Biden Tours El Paso for First Border Visit of His Presidency

He was greeted by Gov. Greg Abbott upon arrival at the El Paso airport. Abbott has been a chief critic of Biden’s immigration policies and has frequently called on him to visit the border over the past year.

Oversight

VA Is Much Slower at Setting Appointments When Sending Vets to the Private Sector for Care

The department is failing to meet its less ambitious goals for health care appointments outside its own system.

Oversight

Ancient Greece Had Extreme Polarization and Civil Strife Too – How Thucydides Can Help Us Understand Jan. 6 and Its Aftermath

The insights of an ancient historian show that the causes of civil unrest are often the same over time and across societies.

Oversight

The Jan. 6 Committee Report and the Legacy of the Insurrection

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the work of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

Oversight

House Republicans are Ready for More (And Different) COVID Oversight

They’re looking to maintain a panel investigating the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its mission will be different from that of the previous session of Congress.

Oversight

CDC Wants Real-time Data on COVID, Flu Vaccine Effectiveness

The public health agency aims to increase its use of real-time data to track the effectiveness of respiratory vaccines and is looking for possible vendor solutions.

Oversight

After Substation Shooting, Federal Regulator Orders Review Of Security Standards

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered the North American Electric Reliability Corporation to review existing “physical security” rules for the components of the power system.

Oversight

Supreme Court Rules to Keep Title 42, the Pandemic-Era Policy to Quickly Turn Away Migrants, for Now

The court ordered the Biden administration to continue enforcing the policy while Texas and other states that want to keep the Trump-era rule in place prepare their legal arguments.

Oversight

GovExec Daily: The Spending Deal Saga Nears Its Conclusion

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the omnibus negotiations.

Oversight

Rep. Raskin Will Be the Top Democrat on the Oversight Committee

He will now serve as a counterweight to incoming chair Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., who has big plans to conduct oversight of the Biden administration.

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