Lisa Rein

Washington, D.C.

Federal government, arcane civil service provisions, policy, Veterans Affairs.

Education: Wesleyan University, B.A. history

Lisa Rein covers federal agencies and the management of government in the Biden administration. At The Washington Post, she has written about federal workers, state politics and government in Annapolis and Richmond; local government in Fairfax County, Va.; and the redevelopment of Washington and its neighborhoods. She was previously a reporter for the New York Daily News, where she covered former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and the city’s colorful taxi industry. Before crossing the Hudson River, she chronicled Asian immigration to northern New Jersey for the Record of Hackensack. Rein started h
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Social Security left at-risk Americans behind in pandemic, report finds

The abrupt halt to almost all in-person operations at the Social Security Administration during the pandemic was debilitating for the most vulnerable Americans, a report found.

November 18, 2022

Social Security whistleblowers say they were sidelined for exposing fines

Senior Social Security officials who exposed huge fines on disabled and poor people say they’ve faced ongoing backlash from their supervisors for speaking out.

October 25, 2022

New Florida records raise more questions about DeSantis’s migrant flights

Newly released records raise new questions about whether the controversial program to fly migrants to Martha's Vineyard violated state protocols.

October 8, 2022

Pandemic struggles still afflict Social Security, a last lifeline for many

Pandemic closures caused awards for the poor and the disabled to plummet, but reopenings since April have not fully stemmed difficulties for those seeking help.

October 7, 2022

How DHS watchdog under fire in Jan. 6 investigation pushed to get his post

Homeland Security watchdog Joseph Cuffari’s path from a state policy adviser to top monitor for the nation’s third-largest agency remains unknown to many.

September 15, 2022

Millions in covid aid went to retrain veterans. Only 397 landed jobs.

The program - part of the American Rescue Plan - fell victim to a host of problems: hasty design, poor timing, and inadequate promotion and misuse of VA money.

August 25, 2022

Ex-interior secretary Zinke lied to investigators in casino case, watchdog finds

Former Trump interior secretary Ryan Zinke, a leading contender to win a House seat in Montana, lied to investigators about the pressure he faced over a casino proposal in Connecticut, the department's watchdog said in a report.

August 24, 2022

Social Security reassigns leader accused of being impaired at work

A senior leader at the Social Security Administration who was investigated over reports that she was impaired on the job has been reassigned to a new position without direct oversight over employees.

August 23, 2022

Under fire, Homeland Security watchdog delays probe — with GOP help

Joseph V. Cuffari and his staff have refused to release documents and hindered interviews in an effort to block and delay a probe into his actions, sources say.

August 12, 2022

Homeland Security watchdog previously accused of misleading investigators, report says

The Homeland Security watchdog now under scrutiny for his handling of deleted Secret Service text messages from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack previously was accused of misleading Justice Department investigators.

August 3, 2022