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U.S. agencies spent years testing pandemic responses. But many didn’t learn lessons for coronavirus, GAO finds.

Although U.S. agencies conducted numerous tests to prepare for a pandemic, many failed to learn lessons from those exercises, the Government Accountability Office found in a new report.
  • Sep 16, 2021

Some federal employee groups embrace Biden’s vaccine mandate, others are lukewarm — and one is outright hostile

While most unions representing federal employees have spoken favorably of President Biden's new coronavirus vaccine mandate, others have been more skeptical of the policy and how it's being implemented.
  • Sep 11, 2021

American diplomats recall 20-hour days, sleeping in Kabul airport while helping those desperate to flee

Foreign Service officers say there are some things they'll "never be able to forget" about that harrowing time.
  • Sep 7, 2021

Under Trump, OPM withered. A new director hopes to revitalize the agency.

After former president Donald Trump sought to diminish the power of the Office of Personnel Management, its new director, Kiran Ahuja, seeks to revitalize the agency.
  • Aug 6, 2021

Social Security judges must resolve 500 to 700 disputes per year. A watchdog says that might be too many.

A recent watchdog report from the Government Accountability Office suggested that the Social Security Administration review annual quotas of 500 to 700 cases for its administrative law judges.
  • Jul 30, 2021

Black officers say CBP forced them to profile. A study in one state backs them up.

An ACLU study found that 85 percent of Border Patrol apprehensions in Michigan were from Latin America.
  • Jul 22, 2021

Black CBP officers sue, alleging they were forced to profile people of color

The case could empower other federal employees to sue over discrimination against non-employees.
  • Jul 20, 2021

For judges, Biden’s actions are a split decision

President takes step to protect one group of judges, but he lets continue an effort that could limit the independence of another group.
  • Jul 4, 2021

Biden executive order aims to further equity, inclusiveness in federal hiring

Order calls for “a government-wide, comprehensive plan” to address such things as harassment, equity for LGBTQ+ employees and people with disabilities, and access to leadership roles.
  • Jun 25, 2021