A report by the Office of Special Counsel describes a “willful disregard” of the Hatch Act condoned by then-President Trump.
The Biden administration’s plan to vaccinate the federal workforce is succeeding in many quarters, but the exemptions sought by some employees are complicating efforts to return the government to full strength.
Culture wars and the pandemic have cleaved one community into camps.
A partial government shutdown could add new hurdles for the IRS, the State Department and other agencies that had services hit hard by the pandemic.
The guidance follows a mandate for federal workers announced by President Biden last week as part of a series of measures to blunt the growth of the delta variant.
Veterans 4 America First Institute will focus on President Biden’s leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs and push for accountability.
The agency, intended to spur innovation, was endorsed by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his staff, who asked that it be included in the infrastructure bill moving through Congress, according to government officials.
Lingering vaccine skepticism among the 2.1 million civilian federal employees poses a significant challenge for Biden’s plan.
Hundreds of thousands of workers were to return between Labor Day and the end of December, but the surging delta variant threatens to disrupt those plans amid disagreements involving unions, Republicans and the Biden administration.
Secretary Denis McDonough said the $16 billion program started under President Donald Trump suffered from “governance and management challenges” since its inception.