Management

IRS is Ready to Distribute Stimulus Checks if Trump Approves Bill

President Trump threw lawmakers for a loop after he blasted a pandemic relief spending package as insufficient. The outcome is uncertain.

Workforce

Can Employers Require Workers to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine? 6 Questions Answered

The federal agency in charge of enforcing discrimination laws in the workplace said "yes," but there are some important exceptions and limitations.

Workforce

CDC Panel Designates USPS Workers as Next in Line for COVID-19 Vaccine

Postal employees are part of a group "critical to the functioning of society," per panel's recommendation.

Management

Contracting Groups Welcome Extension of Leave Provision in COVID Deal 

Language enacted in the CARES Act allowing agencies to give contractors sick or paid leave during the pandemic if they cannot access their worksites was extended until March 31, 2021.

Management

Planning a Holiday Dinner? Thank a Federal Food Inspector

The head of the Food Safety and Inspection Service explains how the agency has worked to support employees during the pandemic, so they can support you.

Management

Survey Shows COVID-19 Is Disproportionately Harming Women’s Mental Health

About 57 percent of women said their mental health had been negatively affected, compared to 44 percent of men.

Oversight

Watchdog Finds Education Department’s Return to Office Plan is Generally Good

The plan largely incorporates recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

Oversight

Hang On for Three More Months

Some simple advice for anyone contemplating a holiday gathering: Wait until March.

Management

With Negotiations Ongoing, Lawmakers Say Yet Another Stopgap Bill ‘Highly Likely’ to Avert Shutdown

Congress is ironing out coronavirus relief funds in conjunction with a government funding package as the Friday deadline looms.

Pay & Benefits

Inauguration a Holiday for D.C.-Area Feds, Even Those Teleworking Due to COVID-19

The quadrennial bonus day off will still apply to capital region feds in 2021 even though many are not commuting to the office.

Management

10 Reasons Why Anthony Fauci Was Ready to Be the Face of the U.S. Pandemic Response

2020 was a big year for Fauci – but he's been on the national stage for decades. Here's more about his work before COVID-19 and why he was perfectly poised to help the US respond to the pandemic.

Oversight

Viewpoint: IGs Need More Resources to Combat COVID Stimulus Spending Fraud

Problems with the Small Business Administration’s pandemic loan programs illustrate the need for stronger oversight.

Workforce

VA Is Increasingly Leaning on Contract Nurses as COVID-19 Cases Surge

Employees lament staffing shortages even as VA has brought on 66,000 new workers since the novel coronavirus pandemic began.

Defense

National Guard Helping to Roll Out COVID Vaccine

Guardsman will divvy up some vaccine batches, backfill medical staff in nursing homes and prisons.

Management

Viewpoint: How to Build Trust in the Vaccines

To succeed in immunizing the population against COVID-19, the United States must draw on the resources it already has.

Management

GovExec Daily: The Presidential Transition as Vaccinations Begin

Courtney Bublé updates the podcast on the transfer of power during the latest stage of the COVID-19 crisis.