Passport Bottleneck Is Holding up International Travel by Americans Eager to See the World as COVID-19 Eases

Precautions taken in response to COVID-19 explain some but not all of the recent long delays in getting a passport.

Could a New COVID Vaccine Offer Lifelong Protection?

"We need a better vaccine, one that provides years of robust protection with fewer booster shots against a variety of SARS-CoV-2 strains."

Anti-Telework Bill Makes Its Way to the Senate

The SHOW UP Act, which narrowly passed the House in February, requires federal agencies to revert to their telework policies prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Prison Employees Ask the Supreme Court to Review COVID Hazard Pay Case

Attorneys for nearly 200 U.S. Bureau of Prisons workers in Connecticut said a federal appellate court effectively made it impossible for any federal worker to qualify for hazard pay related to “virulent biologicals” with its interpretation of federal regulations.

Coronavirus Roundup: The Pandemic Public Health Emergency Is Over

There’s a lot to keep track of. Here’s a list of this week’s news updates and stories you may have missed.

What Will -- and Won’t -- Change for Federal Agencies With the End of the COVID Health Emergency

A look at how we got here and what’s ahead for federal agencies and workers now that the pandemic emergency is over.

The Public Health Emergency Is Ending… And Taking Maximum Telework With It

Courtney Bublé, Eric Katz and Erich Wagner join the podcast to discuss the ways public servants will feel the expiration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

It's Official: No More COVID Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers and Contractors

The move comes just days before the end of the public health emergency for COVID, and had been expected. 

What Do We Know About Long COVID?

Researchers dig into what they've learned after a year of studying long COVID—as well as what they don't know about the condition.

Time Of Day May Affect COVID Vaccine Effectiveness

Time of day may be important for how effective the COVID-19 vaccine is. A new study suggests middle of the day may be be best.

Coronavirus Roundup: Reflections on the Pandemic Response

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s a list of this week’s news updates and stories you may have missed.

Public Servants Don't Feel Connected in the Workplace

Andrew Edelson joins the podcast to discuss the results of a new Eagle Hill survey.

As Federal Emergency Declaration Expires, the Picture of the Pandemic Grows Fuzzier

"The pandemic gave federal officials expanded power to access crucial data about the spread of COVID-19, but that authority will change when the public health emergency sunsets in May. That, along with the end of popular COVID trackers, will make it harder for policymakers and the public to keep an eye on COVID and other threats.

COVID Aid Appears Safe from a Republican Clawback

The House GOP debt limit proposal would dramatically reduce spending and increase SNAP work requirements, but it would not take back the pandemic relief funds already in governments’ hands.