Emergency Response

Biden Taps FEMA to Run Interagency Effort to House Record Influx of Migrant Children

Agencies have struggled to keep pace with the unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the southwest border.

Winter Storm Hampers COVID Vaccine Shipments and Distribution

Biden administration officials express confidence in mitigating the impacts. 

Bipartisan Law Enacted to Improve FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Contracts

The law is based on recommendations from a 2018 Government Accountability Office report. 

Disasters Are Inevitable; Government’s Inadequate Response Is Not

New research analyzing the responses of hundreds of local leaders identified common obstacles and proven ways to overcome them.

GovExec Daily: The Dwindling Number of Feds Assisting in the COVID-19 Fight

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the cut of personnel assisting in the response.

GovExec Daily: Disaster Management Amid the Pandemic

Former FEMA official Carlos Castillo joins the show to explain how the agency is working emergency management during the COVID-19 crisis.

High-Ranking Democrat Launches Investigation Into USDA Pandemic Food Assistance Program 

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., will review contracting practices and overall management. 

VA Secretary: We’re Preparing for Coronavirus ‘Boomerang’ in Fall

In an interview, Robert Wilkie details efforts to stockpile equipment and boost hiring.

Federal Prisons System Opens Hospital at New Coronavirus Hotspot 

The hospital will treat inmates at a correctional complex in Santa Barbara County, Calif. 

Coronavirus Roundup: A Case That Telework Has Made Some Feds More Productive During the Pandemic

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

Legislation Would Designate a Civilian Official to Oversee Acquisition of Medical Supplies, Bolster Transparency

Process of getting equipment to front-line workers during the coronavirus pandemic has been “absolute chaos” so far, bill sponsor says. 

More Than 10,000 Federal Employees Have Contracted COVID-19

The number of positive cases in the federal workforce has more than quadrupled since early April.