Management

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.

Management

GovExec Daily: The Coronavirus Response

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

Management

Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Army Corps for Post-Harvey Flooding

U.S. Judge Loren A. Smith threw out a case brought by Houstonians whose properties flooded as a result of releases from Addicks and Barker dams.

Defense

A Military Perspective on Climate Change Could Bridge the Gap between Believers and Doubters

U.S. military leaders have to plan for operations all over the world, so they can't afford to ignore climate change or debate its causes.

Management

Analysis: A Coronavirus Quarantine in America Could Be a Giant Legal Mess

America’s defense against epidemics is divided among more than 2,000 individual public-health departments, which makes implementing a national strategy very difficult.

Workforce

U.S. Workplaces Are Nowhere Near Ready to Contain a Coronavirus Outbreak

Americans tend to work even when they are sick, in part because of a lack of paid sick leave.

Management

Viewpoint: The Trump Administration Has Made the U.S. Less Ready for Infectious Disease Outbreaks like Coronavirus

The Trump administration has cut funding for infectious disease research and reduced high-level staffing for global health security, leaving the nation less prepared for major outbreaks.

Management

Analysis: Coronavirus Is Coming—And Trump Isn’t Ready

In order to combat the disease, the president will have to trust the kind of government experts he has disdained and dismissed.

Management

How Federal Agencies Are Responding to the New Coronavirus Outbreak

CDC and the White House are tapping $105 million for initial efforts while deploying employees around the country.

Oversight

In Win for Harvey Victims, Federal Judge Finds Government Liable for Reservoir Flooding

During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of properties behind two federally owned reservoirs flooded. On Tuesday, the United States Court of Federal Claims ruled that the government was liable for the flooding and that property owners are eligible for damages.

Oversight

Watchdog: EPA ‘Effectively Managed’ Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds

Inspector general finds EPA handled $11 million in FEMA funds appropriately, corrected issues found in previous investigations.

Management

The Forest Service Is About to Set a Giant Forest Fire—On Purpose

A man-made blaze on a remote Utah mountainside could provide valuable insights into the behavior of the powerful wildfires growing more and more common out West.

Management

Imelda Victims Will Receive Federal Assistance after Disaster Declaration

Nearly 900 homes sustained major damage or were destroyed and uninsured in six affected counties, according to a preliminary assessment.

Management

Tropical Storm Imelda Left 5 Dead in Texas and Many Flooded. Will FEMA Aid Come Next?

While Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency for Tropical Storm Imelda, it does not qualify individuals for financial assistance. That will have to come from FEMA.

Oversight

FEMA Officials Charged With Bribery Over Puerto Rico Power Contracts

A 15-count federal indictment accuses two former FEMA officials and a contractor with bribery, fraud and other offenses related to disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017.

Workforce

Agencies Offer Accommodations for Feds Affected by Hurricane Dorian

The Office of Personnel Management reminds agencies of options for federal employees in Dorian’s path.

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