Oversight

Grain Elevator Project Could Destroy African American Historical Sites, Preservation Agency Says

Following ProPublica's reporting, a federal agency says that a proposed grain elevator in Louisiana could harm a historic plantation and asks why a report was changed to minimize discussion of possible damage.

Management

Joe Biden Has a New Vision for the National Flood Insurance Program

The administration's flood insurance reforms could improve transparency — and make some Americans more vulnerable.

Tech

Why Biden Just Declared Heat Pumps and Solar Panels Essential to National Defense

Other presidents used the Defense Production Act to boost fossil fuel supplies. Biden is using it to replace them with clean energy. But just ramping up production isn’t enough.

Oversight

House Approves Massive $31 Billion 'Ike Dike' Project to Protect Texas Coast from Hurricanes

The U.S. House voted to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning for the massive coastal barrier project in Galveston Bay, but funding is not yet secured. The largest civil engineering project in U.S. history would permanently alter the Texas coast.

Management

Interior Department to Phase out Single-Use Plastics on All Public Lands

Agencies including the National Park Service will have until 2032 to eliminate them.

Management

The U.S. Has Spent More Than $2 Billion on a Plan to Save Salmon. The Fish Are Vanishing Anyway.

The U.S. government promised Native tribes in the Pacific Northwest that they could keep fishing as they’d always done. But instead of preserving wild salmon, it propped up a failing system of hatcheries. Now, that system is falling apart.

Oversight

Wildfires Are Still Catching Us Off-Guard. Congress’ Plan to Fix that Isn’t Going Anywhere.

How the proposal to connect federal research agencies and improve wildfire research crashed and burned.

Management

GovExec Daily: Are the New Postal Vehicles Coming Soon?

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the fight around the Postal Service fleet contract.

Management

House Dems to Force a Vote on Pausing USPS' Vehicle Contract

The pressure continues to ramp up on the Postal Service to purchase more electric trucks.

Management

A New Office of Environmental Justice is Announced

New Justice Dept. office will take on polluters in hard-hit communities

Defense

Twice Burned

How the U.S. military’s toxic burn pits are poisoning Americans — overseas and at home

Management

USPS Is Facing New Legal Challenges to Its Vehicle Contract and Its Authority to Increase Prices

Environmental groups and a union are suing the Postal Service over its failure to buy more electric vehicles, while mailers are fighting rate hikes.

Management

Biden Signs Earth Day Executive Order to Protect Old-growth Forests

The order contains vague language around logging, disappointing some environmentalists calling for a ban on the practice on federal lands.

Management

Cows, Coal and Climate Change: A Q&A with the New BLM Director

Tracy Stone-Manning discusses how the federal agency sees conservation, the climate crisis and the Indigenous history of public lands.

Management

Biden: Federal Agencies Must Consider Climate Impacts of Infrastructure Projects

The changes to the National Environmental Policy Act reverse Trump-era rollbacks, impacting projects from roads to railways to pipelines.

Management

Scientists Identify the Missing Ingredient for Climate Action: Political Will

The IPCC's latest report finally recognizes the social barriers to climate action.

Workforce

What Federal Acquisition Personnel Can Do Right Now to Support Sustainability

Federal officials and government purchasing experts showed off tools and resources to help make federal procurement and acquisitions more sustainable and energy efficient.

Workforce

Agency Officials Defend Biden's Proposed Hiring Surges to Congress

USCIS, for example, says it cannot respond to immigration emergencies without more staff.

Oversight

She’s Supposed to Protect Americans From Toxic Chemicals. First, She Just Has to Fix Trump’s Mess and Decades of Neglect.

Biden promised to prioritize people over polluters. His pick to deliver that, Michal Freedhoff, is facing a bare-bones budget, demoralized staff and increasingly angry advocates.

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