Coronavirus

GovExec Daily: Criminal Referrals at the Border and Immigration Policy

Syracuse University's Austin Kocher joins the podcast to his latest immigration research.

The Federal Labor Authority Has Substantiated Union Accusations against EEOC Over Reentry

The federal anti-discrimination agency said it was committed to bargaining “in good faith” with its labor representatives but stopped short of committing to roll back its unilaterally implemented reentry plan.

Coronavirus Roundup: Democrats Propose $21 Billion in Emergency Supplemental COVID and Public Health Threat Funds

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

GovExec Daily: How to Oversee $1 Trillion Dollars in Relief

Small Business Administration IG Hannibal “Mike” Ware joins Courtney Bublé to discuss COVID-19 oversight.

How the Omicron Subvariant BA.5 Became a Master of Disguise – and What It Means for the Current COVID-19 Surge

Face masks are still an effective way to help stop the spread of the BA.5 subvariant.

Family and Friends May Beat Stats in COVID-19 Vax Persuasion

Signals people receive from family and friends may have more influence over the likelihood they'll get a COVID-19 vaccine than public health messages.

American Public Health Institutions Need to Rebuild Public Trust, University of Idaho Research Finds

Throughout the pandemic, many have spread false and misleading information about coronavirus vaccines and treatments.

Coronavirus Roundup: White House Promises Transparency Around Biden’s COVID Diagnosis

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

Biden Officials Are Defending Telework Policies Assailed by Republicans

Officials from OPM and OMB stressed that they are focused on improving agencies’ customer service and reforming the recruitment of early career talent into the federal workforce.

Watchdog Says That Racial and Ethnic Gaps Still Remain in the CDC's COVID-19 Data

Centers for Disease Control data on race and ethnicity about COVID-19 is sometimes "missing, inconsistent or inaccurate," an inspector general report says.

GovExec Daily: Will the Vaccine Mandate Discipline Ever Begin?

Federal employment attorney Stephanie Rapp-Tully joins the podcast to discuss the enforcement of the Biden administration's delayed rules.

Boost Now or Wait? Many Wonder How Best to Ride Out COVID's Next Wave

Many undervaccinated Americans have lost interest, and others aren’t sure whether to get boosted again now or wait for vaccines reformulated to target newer strains of the virus.

The SBA Watchdog Says Data, Collaboration and Proper Controls Are Vital for COVID Oversight

The Small Business Administration inspector general says the agency “had to leverage data analytics like we've never leveraged it” and collaboration “was on hyper-speed.”

VA Has Disciplined 74 Employees Related to Its COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

One of the few agencies still enforcing the vaccine requirement has fired very few workers as a result.

Is Monkeypox a Pandemic? An Epidemiologist Explains Why It Isn’t Likely to Become as Widespread as COVID-19, but Is Worth Watching

The monkeypox virus, which is commonly found in West and Central Africa, is now causing many infections in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

Coronavirus Roundup: Watchdog Dings SBA’s Oversight of Restaurant Relief Program

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