Disaster Management

The Coronavirus Testing Paradox

Administering coronavirus tests requires time and supplies that are already running out. But aggressive testing has proven to be the best way to track and isolate the disease, stopping its spread. The best path forward depends on where you are.

Voting by Mail Would Reduce Coronavirus Transmission but It Has Other Risks

As COVID-19 spreads, many are proposing to hold the November election by mail. Without careful preparation, though, the transition could run into logistical problems and provide opportunities for voter fraud.

The Federalism Divide Is Shading Government’s Response to COVID-19

We can’t afford a government where the odds of an effective attack on the novel coronavirus depend on where citizens live.

GovExec Daily: How the Coronavirus Scare is Changing How Feds Work

Nextgov's Heather Kuldell and GovExec's Eric Katz join the podcast to talk about agencies' plans for the workforce as the COVID-19 epidemic grows.

As More Feds Contract Coronavirus, Agencies Scramble to Keep Employees Safe

Federal offices also looking to ensure a continuity of operations as outbreak spreads.

America’s Coronavirus Testing Still Isn’t Moving Fast Enough

Without adequate testing, people with coronavirus symptoms are left to agonize over the right course of action on their own.

We Can Still Avoid the Worst-Case Scenario for Coronavirus

The spread of Coronavirus may be inevitable, but the choices we make now will determine how bad the outbreak will get.

House Democrats Probe Faulty Test Kits’ Role in Delaying Coronavirus Response

The House Oversight Committee cited ProPublica’s reporting in requesting documents from the Trump administration.

The Official Coronavirus Numbers Are Wrong, and Everyone Knows It

Because the U.S. data on coronavirus infections are so deeply flawed, the quantification of the outbreak obscures more than it illuminates.

Viewpoint: What Trump Could Do Right Now to Keep Workers Safe From the Coronavirus

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the power to institute emergency standards—but that would require the president to overcome his aversion to regulation.

The Coronavirus Is No 1918 Pandemic

The differences between the global response to the Great Flu Pandemic and today’s COVID-19 outbreak could not be more striking.

GovExec Daily: Where Governments Are Succeeding – and Failing – in the Coronavirus Fight

Kate Queram and Eric Katz rejoin the program to assess the new wave of pandemic response from federal, state and local authorities.

Is America Ready For a Possible COVID-19 Pandemic?

With coronavirus dominating the news, how ready is the United States for a possible COVID-19 pandemic? An expert explains what you need to know.

Key Missteps at the CDC Have Set Back Its Ability to Detect the Potential Spread of Coronavirus

The CDC designed a flawed test for COVID-19, then took weeks to figure out a fix so state and local labs could use it. New York still doesn’t trust the test’s accuracy.

Trump Administration Prepares for Rapid Growth of U.S. Coronavirus Cases

Agencies acknowledge some bumps in the road as they prepare for inevitable domestic outbreak.

GovExec Daily: The Coronavirus Response

Eric Katz and Kate Queram talk to the podcast about pandemic planning and emergency preparedness.