Senate COVID Relief Bill Retains 15 Weeks of Paid Leave for Feds Despite GOP Opposition

Republican lawmakers have made the provision a target of attacks, claiming it is too generous and lacks oversight.

Coronavirus Roundup: Watchdogs Suggest Improvements for IRS and OSHA’s Pandemic Operations

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

When Your Chance for a COVID-19 Shot Comes, Don’t Worry About the Numbers

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine that the FDA cleared Saturday was 66% effective overall in preventing moderate to severe covid, while the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were more than 90% effective. But the numbers aren’t exactly comparable. And all three shots prevent hospitalization and death.

GovExec Daily: The Future of Safe In-Office Work

Drs. Brittany Busse and Anthony Harris join the podcast to discuss what "normal" work looks like when the country gets back to normal.

Americans Agree on the Need for More COVID-19 Relief

While Republicans and Democrats agree on relief for the pandemic, Americans are split on issues around the 2020 election and President Trump's impeachment.

4 Causes of ‘Zoom Fatigue’ and What You Can Do about It

Video chat platforms have design flaws that exhaust the human mind and body, leading to "Zoom fatigue." But there are easy ways to mitigate the effects.

Senate Will Soon Consider Extra Paid Leave and Ethics Crackdown for Feds

Final legislative details affecting feds for two sweeping packages winding their way to the Senate.

The False Dilemma of Post-Vaccination Risk

We’ll never know for sure how contagious people are after they’re vaccinated, but we do know how they should act.

Coronavirus Roundup: FDA Greenlights Third Vaccine; Shipment and Distribution Begins

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

Biden’s Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives

Dr. Rochelle Walensky said scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were "muzzled" and "diminished" by the Trump team, especially during the pandemic. She aims to fix that.

Texas National Guard Deployed to Get COVID-19 Vaccines to Older Texans Who Are Homebound

Gov. Greg Abbott said he wants the majority of Texans who are 65 and older to be inoculated against COVID-19 by the end of March. He said the state could announce more eligibility for the vaccines next month.

Lawmakers and Professional Association Call for Extension of COVID Leave Reimbursement Provision for Contractors

CARES Act section allowing flexibility for agencies to reimburse contractors for sick or paid leave is set to expire next month.

What’s in the $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Relief Package

The legislation, being considered by the House this week, has a number of measures that aim to incorporate racial and gender disparities as they address the coronavirus pandemic and economic struggles.

A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Over

At some point—maybe even soon—the emergency phase of the pandemic will end. But what, exactly, is that magic threshold?

The Most Likely Timeline for Life to Return to Normal

An uncertain spring, an amazing summer, a cautious fall and winter, and then, finally, relief.