Oversight

Trump’s Global Media CEO Abused Authority and Wasted Funds, Review Finds

New agency leadership has been working to restore the agency’s operations and make corrective reforms.

Workforce

OPM Denied 20% of Agency Requests to Let Politicals Convert Into Career Roles

In another 23% of cases, agencies failed to seek permission before letting political appointees "burrow in."

Management

The HHS Secretary Violated the Hatch Act, Office of Special Counsel Determines

“With a presidential election approaching next year, this report offers an opportunity to deter violations by reminding federal employees at all levels of the Hatch Act restrictions,” OSC says.

Management

Appeals Panel for Feds No Longer Whole As Former Board Member Runs for Office

The Merit Systems Protection Board, now once again dealing with a vacancy as former member runs for state House in West Virginia, vows to continue working on its backlog.

Management

The IRS Has a New Commissioner After Senate Approves Biden's Pick in a Bipartisan Vote

"Government geek" Danny Werfel will lead the agency for a second time at a pivotal moment in IRS history.

Oversight

Senate Democrats Back FAA Nominee, Despite GOP Objections at Confirmation Hearing

Committee’s confirmation hearing for Phil Washington, CEO of Denver International Airport, came more than seven months after Biden first nominated him

Workforce

The 'People Who Make Government Go' Are Affected by the Vacancies Act

Employment attorney Dan Meyer joins the podcast to discuss acting leadership at agencies and how it affects policy.

Management

A Key Agency in the Ohio Train Derailment Response Hasn’t Had a Confirmed Leader Since Biden Took Office

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is under capable interim leadership, but the lack of a nominee sends a signal about the administration’s priorities, former officials and other observers say.

Management

Federal Scientists Are Feeling More Empowered Under Biden, Though Censorship Remains a Concern

Employees "painted harrowing pictures" of their time under Trump, but in a new survey said things are mostly getting better.

Management

Carp, Cars and COVID: Czars Can Cover Any Issue

Tom Shoop joins the podcast to discuss how a Russian loanword came to be applied to American government officials.

Management

Biden’s IRS Pick Says He’s the ‘Government Geek’ for the Job

Nominee pledges transparency with unprecedented spending and hiring surge as he takes on the “most challenging and least popular job in town.”

Management

The White House Has a New Leader for Federal Workforce and Agency Performance Issues

Biden taps former national security official with extensive experience at outside good government groups.

Management

3 Biden Officials Are Serving Unlawfully, a Watchdog Rules

GAO continues a standoff with the Biden administration over the rules of agency leaders serving in temporary capacities.

Management

The Labor Secretary Is Set to Leave His Post for the NHL Players Union, Reports Say

The news comes as some House Republicans set their sights on oversight for fraud in pandemic-era benefits programs including enhanced unemployment insurance.

Management

With a New Congress, Comes Another Try for Biden’s Nominees

“We seek the swift confirmation of many critical, crucial, high-qualified nominees to serve across the administration,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Management

Biden’s Pick to Oversee Highways Moves Toward Confirmation

Shailen Bhatt previously led state transportation departments in Colorado and Delaware. He’d take the helm of an agency that has drawn flak from Republicans over infrastructure law guidance.

Oversight

Former Tax Chiefs Urge the Senate to Quickly Confirm Biden's IRS Nominee

The new commissioner should be a part of setting priorities and making plans, say former tax agency heads.

Management

Biden Taps Federal Management Guru to Lead IRS

Nominee previously led the tax agency and has ideas on implementing its unprecedented cash infusion.