Congress enacted the first coronavirus relief bill one year ago. How has the money been spent?
One year after Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, we examined how the funds have been spent. In an event co-hosted with the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, and Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Administration, discussed how the emergency bill benefited the public.
Five ways Congress can strengthen the independence of inspectors general
For inspectors general to fulfill their roles, they need to able to work without interference from agency leaders. Congress must take action to preserve and strengthen the independence of inspectors general.
House appropriations bill could help federal job seekers and enhance data
On June 26, the House passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which included language to improve federal hiring and data transparency. By drawing attention to the barriers that affect our government’s ability to hire the best employees, the language in the House bill emphasizes the idea that good government starts with good people. Read this post to find out exactly how this language will improve the federal workforce.
Senate changes process to speed presidential appointee confirmations—but will it work?
This week, the Senate triggered the nuclear option to accelerate the confirmation of presidential nominees, lowering post-cloture debate to two hours from 30. While the move will likely exacerbate partisan tensions, we explore the potential impact of the change.