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Courtney Bublé

Courtney Bublé
Courtney Buble is a staff correspondent who covers federal management, oversight, contracting and regulations. Before joining Government Executive in July 2019, she worked for NBC News. Courtney graduated from The George Washington University in 2018.
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These three federal employees landed in hot water over Hatch Act violations

The Office of Special Counsel announced settlements over violations at three agencies: the U.S. Postal Service, Veterans Affairs Department and U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency.

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Afghanistan watchdog blasts State and USAID for ‘sudden refusal to cooperate’ 

The agencies defended their handling of requests since October and said they’ve “regularly responded” to the office over the years.

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Top GSA buildings official discusses future of federal offices

“Right now, what I think the opportunity is is to have fewer buildings and better buildings,” the Public Buildings Service commissioner told lawmakers. 

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DHS is making ‘significant reforms’ to the employee discipline process

The effort comes in the wake of an outside oversight group's allegations of wrongdoing in the inspector general office which the IG contests.

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A noose was Found at a federal facility in Tennessee

“A noose blatantly violates our policies and work rules and will not be tolerated,” said a spokesperson for the contractor that operates the facility.  

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Coronavirus roundup: The federal government's next steps on vaccines, and more ...

There’s a lot to keep track of. Here’s a list of this week’s news updates and stories you may have missed.

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Coronavirus roundup: SG warns of health workforce burnout—and other COVID news

There’s a lot to keep track of: The Surgeon General is concerned about increased resignations and burnout among health workers, as well as other recent news updates and stories you may have missed.

Appeals court delivers ‘Major Blow’ to SEC

The majority opinion deemed the Security and Exchange Commission's in-house adjudications unconstitutional. 

Biden ATF nominee: ‘Politics can play no role in law enforcement’ 

Steve Dettelbach testified before a Senate committee, just one day after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 

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The Justice Department is ramping up its anti-hate crime efforts

New personnel, guidance and grants were announced on Friday, with the participation of feds across multiple agencies—amid stepped-up response in the shadow of the May 14 mass shooting, with 10 dead, in Buffalo.

Coronavirus roundup: More free COVID tests ...

There’s a lot to keep track of: Over the last week, the WH authorized more free COVID tests, the HHS secretary tested positive for COVID, and we summarize several other coronavirus news pieces you may have missed.

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DHS IG: No mishandling of sexual harassment or domestic violence reports

The Project On Government Oversight—the government watchdog group that brought the claims against the IG—is pushing back this week on Joseph Cuffari’s letter to lawmakers.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has resumed operations

It’s been three months since Russia started the war in Ukraine.

WH repeats call for confirmed ATF Director after Buffalo tragedy

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has lacked a permanent director since 2015.

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Lessons from DHS's early COVID-19 vaccine campaign 

Issues early on hampered DHS meeting its vaccination goals, but then vaccinations became widely available. 

Mango: COVID vaccine development was a success, but communication could've been better

Paul Mango, an official with the Trump administration, was involved in virtually all aspects of Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership.  

Watchdog: Trump DHS manipulated report on Russian election interference

A 2020 report to state and local governments was delayed and altered, a new IG audit concludes.