Latest from Lisa Rein

Federal government will maintain expansive work-from-home policies after the pandemic

The Biden administration on Thursday laid out a plan that will dramatically expand the ability of federal employees to work remotely and have flexible hours.
  • Jun 10, 2021

Senate Republicans hold up Biden personnel nominee over ‘critical race theory’ and abortion rights

Republicans, led by Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.), have delayed a quick vote on Kiran Ahuja to lead the Office of Personnel Management because of her views on systemic racism and federal funding for abortion.
  • Jun 8, 2021

‘Devastating, tragic, and deadly’: VA leaders in Arkansas allowed impaired pathologist to harm hundreds of veterans, watchdog finds

The pathologist, Robert Morris Levy, was sentenced in January to 20 years in federal prison for involuntary manslaughter and mail fraud, after reaching a deal with prosecutors.
  • Jun 2, 2021

Biden administration moves toward making the pandemic work-from-home experiment permanent for many federal workers

The change would represent a massive cultural shift for the country’s largest employer, which has historically lagged behind the private sector when it comes to telework options.
  • May 24, 2021

The federal government puts out a ‘help wanted’ notice as Biden seeks to undo Trump cuts

The federal bureaucracy, reeling under the effects of the former president, is struggling to make good on the current president’s promises.
  • May 21, 2021

‘You’re the monster that no one sees coming’: Former VA nursing aide sentenced to seven life terms for killing West Va. veterans with insulin

VA Inspector General Michael Missal concluded that cascading failures by the Louis A. Johnson Medical Center enabled Reta Mays to target patients for nearly a year without being detected.
  • May 11, 2021

The federal public servants doing groundbreaking work during the pandemic

The “Sammies” honor civil servants working on some of the country’s most pressing issues. Finalists were announced Sunday.
  • May 2, 2021

Investigation suppressed by Trump administration reveals obstacles to hurricane aid for Puerto Rico

A watchdog report uncovers bureaucratic hurdles the Trump administration erected for the struggling island to receive aid after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • Apr 22, 2021

Congress faces renewed pressure on gun control after Indiana’s red-flag law fails to thwart FedEx shooter

The renewed momentum for gun-control action comes as authorities in Indiana said they do not know what broke down in the existing process that’s meant to prevent the bloodshed that took place.
  • Apr 18, 2021

Many veterans don’t trust coronavirus vaccines. For a VA crew in the rural West, that means changing minds, one by one.

Faced with rampant skepticism about the coronavirus vaccine in rural areas, the Department of Veterans Affairs has set out on a labor-intensive effort to offer it to former servicemembers. What VA is learning suggests challenges ahead in getting the nation to herd immunity.
  • Apr 17, 2021