GovExec Daily


This daily podcast for federal audiences that address the top stories for each day ahead.

Host Ross Gianfortune interviews newsmakers, GovExec staff and experts for analysis of the news of the day.

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  Over the summer, the Biden administration sent a memo on the return to workplaces process, including endorsing maximum telework flexibilities to all current telework eligible employees, pursuant to direction from agency heads. In the same memo, the administration suggested that agencies pursue hybrid work policies.   Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski is the founder and CEO of Virtual Distance International an executive advisory firm specializing in Workplace Transformation. She has also studied virtual work for over 20 years and worked with agencies on remote work issues.She joined the podcast to discuss how feds are prepared for a remote and hybrid future.

Nov 29

19 min 6 sec

Normally, federal employees have to heed the “use it or lose it” nature of most of their unused leave. But last year, OPM determined that the pandemic was considered an “exigency of the public business,” thus allowing public servants  to carry over more than the 30-day maximum at the end of the year. GovExec senior reporter Erich Wagner covers the federal workforce. He joined the podcast to discuss the annual leave exception and other stories that he has been covering.

Nov 24

18 min 20 sec

Nearly 11 months ago, on his first day in office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order implementing a set of ethics rules for his administration. The administration has had fewer ethics problems than its predecessor, but the Executive Branch is not alone in the government; Congress and the Judiciary have ethics issues that need improvement. Project on Government Oversight Government Affairs Manager Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette and former OGE Director and POGO Senior Ethics Fellow Walter Shaub co-wrote an analysis of how Congress can address corruption headlined “American Voters Say Corruption is a Concern; Congress Should Heed the Message.” They joined the show to discuss how to address corruption across all three branches of government. 

Nov 23

41 min 11 sec

Everyone decries waste, fraud and abuse in government, but there are measurements of these things. But, improper payments cost the government billions of dollars each year and agencies do not have the resources to track this properly Linda Miller is the former Deputy Executive Director of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) and a former GAO official. She’s currently a Principal with Grant Thornton Public Sector and a nationally recognized expert on fraud risk management. She wrote an analysis on our site recently headlined “Agencies Must Address Billions Lost Through Erroneous Payments.” She joined GovExec Daily to discuss how she thinks agencies can more effectively address the problem of improper payments in the federal government.

Nov 22

22 min 55 sec

As a shutdown approached earlier this fall, Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep the government open until December 3. The CR passage was in the service of buying time to get a longer term deal together before the December deadline. With only a few weeks until that deadline, Congressional leaders say that another CR may be necessary to avoid the government shutting down. GovExec Senior Correspondent Eric Katz has been covering the shutdown threat . He joined the show to discuss the state of budget negotiations in Congress.

Nov 18

16 min 2 sec

Open Season for federal employees runs from November 8 to December 13, so we are right in the middle of it. Finding the right health coverage can be tough and it’s exceptionally hard to predict any person’s health care needs in advance. The presence of a global pandemic only further complicates things.  Our guest today is here to talk a little about open season and how feds can handle it more easily. Kevin Moss is a senior editor with Consumers’ Checkbook. Checkbook’s 2022 Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees is available during open season at He joined the show to discuss health insurance options for federal employees.

Nov 17

19 min 14 sec

Vaccine mandates have been a controversial subject in American discourse since vaccines became widely available early this year. The COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline for federal employees is next week, presumably with discipline following for feds who do not have an approved exemption.  The Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive, conducted a survey of federal employees recently that found that more than of respondents  either strongly or somewhat disagreed with the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate. GovExec staff correspondent Courtney Bublé joined the podcast to discuss the survey results.

Nov 16

16 min 39 sec

By law, government whistleblowers are supposed to be protected against retaliation by their superiors. Unfortunately, that protection is more theoretical than it is reality. Recent history is littered with stories of retaliation against those exposing waste, fraud and abuse in the government and outside of it. Dana Gold is Government Accountability Project’s Senior Counsel and Director of Education, as well as the Director of its Democracy Protection Initiative. She is also the author of a post headlined “Whistleblowers Risk Everything—Lawmakers Must Protect Them.” She joined the show to discuss whistleblower protection.

Nov 15

19 min 59 sec

As agencies continue to determine best practices for hybrid and remote workplace models, questions remain about how these issues are impacting both the work of federal employees and the employees themselves. Agency officials will have to guarantee consistency and transparency in their offices in order to continue to build a strong federal workforce. As part of Government Executive’s State of the Federal Workforce event recently, GovExec reporter and frequent GovExec Daily guest Erich Wagner spoke to Jane Datta, Chief Human Capital Officer at NASA and Traci DiMartini, Chief Human Capital Officer at GSA. In this episode, they discuss agency strategies for the return to work in the new normal in government.  

Nov 12

23 min 49 sec

The pandemic caused a major shift, especially to the federal workforce. With return-to-offices on the way, federal employees are ready for a reset. The major change presented by the pandemic and the shift to remote work has caused an increase in stress, a lack of sense of community, and increased Anxiety.  What exactly do federal employees want and how should federal executives reset their relationships with their employees?  Britaini Carroll is the Principal Director of Workforce Transformation with Accenture Federal Services. She has a piece on our site right now that breaks down new research that sheds light on how to support and retain top talent in the federal government. She joined the show to discuss her post and what feds are seeking at this stage of the pandemic.

Nov 10

13 min 26 sec

Last week, the Office of Special Counsel announced that it had substantiated a whistleblower’s allegations from 2019 that the General Services Administration knew about hazardous materials and explosives at a federal office building in Missouri for more than a decade, but did not notify those working at the facility.  Erich Wagner is covering the story. He joined the show to discuss the OSC report and next steps.

Nov 9

14 min 29 sec

  Starting Nov. 9, agencies can  begin to take disciplinary action for employees who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Feds who have received approved religious or medical accommodations for receiving the vaccine will not be disciplined, of course, but the two-week time countdown to the Nov. 22 deadline is ticking.  Stephanie Rapp-Tully is a partner and federal employment attorney with Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Washington, D.C. office. She joined the podcast to talk about what federal employees can begin doing regarding discipline.  

Nov 8

12 min 34 sec

The White House announced on Thursday that the deadline for the vaccine mandate for federal contractors will be pushed back about a month to January 4. But the firms contracting with the government still have unanswered questions from their workforces as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Kelly Kroll is a partner at Morris, Manning & Martin LLP and has worked on federal, state, and local government contract formation and administration matters. She joined the show to talk about the vaccine mandate and how contractors are approaching it.

Nov 5

17 min 32 sec

As Congress continues to negotiate an infrastructure bill, the role of public-private partnerships are key in the bill’s provisions. With the success of Operation Warp Speed in the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, a new look at such partnerships is due. Dr. David Van Slyke is Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He was also recently named to the Defense Business Board for fiscal 2022. He joined the podcast to discuss public-private partnerships.

Nov 4

26 min 14 sec

The Nov. 22 deadline for federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is a few weeks away and we’re now looking at states and federal employee groups suing the Biden administration about the mandate.  GovExec correspondent Courtney Bublé writes the Coronavirus Roundup. She joined the show to discuss the lawsuits against the mandate. 

Nov 3

13 min 6 sec

Ever since the 2016 presidential election, voter fraud, election security and disinformation have been major topics in the national conversation. On Tuesday, millions of Americans will cast ballots in local elections across the U.S. Given the current concerns surrounding the validity of the election results, it's critical that election officials reassure voters that the process is safe. Ross Underwood is an elections technology advisor with the Canton Group. He joined the show to discuss why Americans should trust that their vote is safe and secure.

Nov 2

18 min 54 sec

Federal law enforcement takes many forms, from the U.S. Marshals to FBI agents to Bureau of Prisons employees. But often overlooked are the U.S. Park Rangers of the National Park Service. They are the ones who are the front line of law enforcement in the hundreds of parks, monuments, recreation areas and other units of the National Park System. These rangers are facing diminishing numbers , a greater workload, and a lack of equipment and training, creating an increasingly dangerous situation.  Paul D. Berkowitz is a retired National Park Service supervisory special agent. He’s also the author of a post on our site right now headlined “The Law Enforcement Staffing Crisis at the National Park Service.” He joined the podcast to discuss his post and the situation at NPS.

Nov 1

15 min 58 sec

  The deadline for most federal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are granted an exemption, is November 22. Some feds have maintained that they will fight the mandate in court, while others may just quit and others will apply for exemptions. With the deadline approaching, members of Congress have questions about the workforce implications of the mandate.   Eric Katz is a reporter at GovExec. He joined the podcast to talk about the state of the vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Oct 29

18 min 12 sec

Last week, Senators on the Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled the initial Senate versions of nine fiscal year 2022 spending bills. Absent was any language on feds’ pay, thus effectively endorsing the White House’s 2.7% average increase for next year. Erich Wagner covers the federal workforce. He joined the podcast to discuss the status of the pay raise and other pay and benefits stories that affect federal employees.  

Oct 28

18 min 54 sec

For years, a man named Leonard Francis bribed U.S. Navy officers with cash, booze, luxury items and prostitutes in return for fraudulent multi-million-dollar deals. Eventually the Navy began an operation to entrap the man known as “Fat Leonard.” Detained for years, Francis spoke to our guest today for a podcast series on the scandal and the ways the misogyny, graft and corruption evident in it resonate even today. Brazen Original podcast Fat Leonard is available across platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and others. Tom Wright is a journalist and the co-author of the book Billion Dollar Whale about Malaysian playboy Jho Low. He’s also the host of Fat Leonard. He joined the show to talk about the Fat Leonard scandal and what he’s learned in producing the podcast.

Oct 27

19 min 44 sec

The U.S. in 2021 is a nation-state confronting a series of complex societal challenges that have no easy answer. Climate change, racial injustice and a raging pandemic are just some of the threats that American government will have to confront. This will fall to public servants to execute policy and innovate in the service of the mission of government. Beth Simone Noveck is a professor at Northeastern University, where she directs The Governance Lab. She’s also the author of the book Solving Public Problems: A Practical Guide to Fix Our Government and Change Our World. She joined the podcast to talk about the book and innovation in public service.

Oct 26

28 min 18 sec

The COVID-19 crisis has been devastating to the world. It has taken millions of lives worldwide and at least 700,000 American lives. As the American public health response continues, learning from the mistakes of this crisis will be critically important for the next crisis.   Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, are principals of Barrett and Greene, Inc and are nationally-known authorities in performance management, health policy and other public administration issues. Dr. Donald F. Kettl is professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and former dean of its School of Public Policy.     They are co-authors of a new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, Managing the Next Crisis: Twelve Principles for Dealing with Viral Uncertainty and a post on our site about that report headlined “Three Pandemic Lessons for the Next Crisis.” They joined the podcast to discuss their report and the lessons to be learned from te COVID-19 situation.  

Oct 25

20 min 48 sec

When Congress started addressing the coronavirus pandemic with relief bills in 2020, billions of federal dollars started flowing to local and state governments to deal with the crisis. Now as these governments  shape their goals and priorities, they're turning to advances in machine learning, combined with automation, to effectively identify and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse cases, while ensuring transparency in government and the public. As part of GovExec Media’s Roadmap to Modernization event recently, Route Fifty Senior Editor Bill Lucia spoke to Marty LaMar, Chief Economic Development Officer of the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this episode, they talk about the importance of responsibly managing public funds.

Oct 21

27 min 11 sec

Last week, good government group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a Hatch Act complaint with OSC against White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for comments she made about the Virginia gubernatorial race. Courtney Bublé is a reporter for us at Government Executive. She joined the podcast to discuss her story on the Psaki situation and the Hatch Act.

Oct 20

17 min 59 sec

Government agencies and offices can sometimes seem opaque or theoretical, but if you speak to any military veteran, the Veterans Benefits Administration is very real and the services it provides are quite important to veterans. Our guest today was an official at VBA and has a new book about his time at the agency.  Dr. Paul R. Lawrence served as the Under Secretary of  Benefits at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2018-2021, is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration  and a published author on the subject of government management. His latest book is Transforming Service to Veterans. He joined the podcast to talk about the book and the paths to government transformation.

Oct 19

21 min 51 sec

According to surveys, the last 18 months have reoriented the way people see work. In turn, retirement may be a more attractive option for those reevaluating their relationships to their jobs. As 2022 fast approaches, plenty of federal employees are looking at the calendar and considering when to retire. Tammy Flanagan writes the weekly Retirement Planning column for us here at GovExec, including the annual Best Dates to Retire column that posted this week. She runs her own consulting business and also provides individual counseling as well as online training for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Plan Your Federal Retirement and the Federal Long Term Care insurance Program. She joins the program to talk about the best dates to retire column .

Oct 18

23 min 18 sec

The pandemic has taken a heavy economic toll on municipalities across America. As a result, two-thirds of U.S. cities are planning to use funds from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act to cover lost revenue. The National League of Cities annual fiscal survey, released last Tuesday, underscored how important federal funding has been for maintaining services and mitigating the financial impact of the pandemic.  Andrea Noble is a staff correspondent for she joins the show to discuss her reporting on the issue and much more.     

Oct 15

14 min 26 sec

Last Friday marked the deadline for the majority of Veterans Affairs Department employees to complete their vaccinations against COVID-19. But as of today, more than 45,000 employees have yet to demonstrate that they've received the shots. The good news is that 88% of the VA workforce has been vaccinated, but the remaining 12% must submit documentation of their vaccinations by October 18th or request religious or medical accommodations. Once the deadline passes, VA will begin to discipline unvaccinated staff. But what will that discipline look like? How long will it last? And more importantly, will it help motivate hesitant employees to get their shots? GovExec Senior Correspondent Eric Katz joins the show to discuss his reporting on the subject and much more.  

Oct 14

15 min 37 sec

The future of war is unwritten, but the Defense Department is constantly analyzing and preparing for that future. In the electromagnetic spectrum, in the wilds of cyberspace and on the battlefield, modernization is always on the minds of Pentagon officials. As part of GovExec Media’s Roadmap to Modernization event recently, Defense One Technology Editor Patrick Tucker spoke to Colonel Elizabeth Sweet, Defense Engagement Lead, at the Defense Innovation Unit and Dr. Stephen Russell, Information Sciences Division Chief, U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command, at the Army Research Laboratory. In this episode, they talk about how the  Defense Department is tackling the modernization challenges it faces.  

Oct 13

28 min 13 sec

The work of modernization of government is built with technology and with people. Programs and software need to work with the staff that uses these tools and agencies need to synthesize all the pieces of any puzzle to serve each the mission more effectively. As part of GovExec Media’s Roadmap to Modernization event recently, Nextgov Staff Correspondent, Brandi Vincent spoke to Michael Peckham, Executive Officer, Acting Chief Financial Officer & Director Financial Management Portfolio, Program Support Center at the Department of Health and Human Services. In this episode, they talk about how HHS is using technology to streamline work at the agency to better serve the mission.

Oct 12

18 min 52 sec

  The Office of Personnel Management announced recently that November 9 will be the first day federal agencies can take disciplinary action against employees who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine under President Joe Bidene’s mandate. Some employees will be exempt for medical and religious reasons, but that is not necessarily a simple process, nor are those exemptions guaranteed to be approved. Stephanie Rapp-Tully is a partner and federal employment attorney with Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Washington, D.C. office. She joined the podcast to discuss vaccine policies as the deadline approaches.

Oct 8

13 min 28 sec

The deadline for federal employees to get vaccinated in order to comply with President Joe Biden’s mandate is more than a month away, but some employee groups are already balking at the rule. At the Bureau of Prisons, an agency ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, union officials have estimated that an already bad staffing situation may be worse. Courtney Bublé writes the Coronavirus Roundup. She joined the podcast to discuss her story on the vaccine situation at the Bureau of Prisons, as well as other pandemic news that she’s been covering.

Oct 7

13 min 52 sec

During the 35-day government shutdown that spanned 2018 and 2019, furloughed federal employees found themselves without paychecks for over a month. While most federal employees got back pay for the shutdown, the financial stream of losing income was great for many feds. As government shutdowns become more common in recent years, federal employees and contractors will have to be more judicious about how they protect themselves financially. Clark Kendall is a financial analyst and president & CEO of Maryland-based wealth management firm Kendall Capital. He joined the podcast to discuss how feds can prepare financially for the next government shutdown.

Oct 6

11 min

The novel coronavirus crisis has brought to light many systemic problems in American governance and the civil service. Like other major disasters, the pandemic presents an opportunity to reshape the future of work in the federal service. Dr. Donald F. Kettl is professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and former dean of its School of Public Policy. He is the author of many books, including Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America's Lost Commitment to Competence, The Politics of the Administrative Process, System Under Stress and The Next Government of the United States. His latest piece on our site is headlined “The Failure of Government's Post-COVID Imagination” He joined the show to talk about the post-pandemic civil service and potential for reform.

Oct 5

20 min 14 sec

Congress passed a continuing resolution on Thursday that will fund the government until Dec. 3. Funding was set to run out at midnight, which would have triggered a government shutdown. Eric Katz has been covering the shutdown threat . He joined the podcast to discuss the story and the next steps for Congress.  

Oct 1

15 min 35 sec

In what has become a semi regular occurrence, a shutdown threat has hung over agencies this fall. The uncertainty around the continuing resolution negotiations has left federal employees scrambling to plan for their finances once again.  GovExec senior reporter Erich Wagner covers the federal workforce. He joined the podcast to discuss the shutdown threat and other pay and benefits stories that he has been following.

Sep 30

17 min 14 sec

A seemingly constant conversation around the Defense Department and innovation is the interplay between the private sector and the Pentagon. Contractors and commercial firms want to get their innovative ideas to the Defense Department and Pentagon officials want to speed up the process by which they  adopt new innovations from the commercial sector. As part of GovExec Media’s Roadmap to Modernization event recently, Defense on Deputy Editor Brad Peniston spoke to Art Trevethan, Director of Corporate Ventures at the Army Applications Lab. In this episode, they talk about how the military draws from the private sector and how it finds, funds, and develops the next generation of weapons and systems.

Sep 29

15 min 9 sec

The immigration system in the United States consists of different systems, including but not exclusive to detention, processing and adjudication. The government keeps plenty of records on all these systems. While the politics of the immigration system can be malleable, the data is pretty concrete. Dr. Austin Kocher is an Assistant Research Professor in the Newhouse School of Public Communication and a researcher with the Transactional Research Access Clearinghouse, a research institute at Syracuse University that uses Freedom of Information Act requests to study the federal government. He joined the podcast to discuss his work and immigration data.

Sep 28

17 min 27 sec

The evacuation of Afghanistan in connection to the military withdrawal there has drawn criticism. Afghan allies have needed visas to leave the country and get to the United States, but are faced with a long, complex and difficult process to obtain visas. Shelley Inglis is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center and Research Professor of Human Rights and Law. She comes from the United Nations Development Programme where she held various management positions working on peacebuilding, democratic governance, rule of law and human rights. She is the author of an analysis headlined “Perilous Situation for Afghan Allies Left behind Shows a Refugee System That’s not up to the Job.” She joined the show to talk about the refugee system and the situation of Afghan refugees.

Sep 27

34 min 18 sec

  The coronavirus pandemic has shown the importance of government work in stark reality over the past 18 months. The Government Hall of Fame and The Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards were started in 2019 to honor those who have achieved great things as federal officials and industry leaders.    GovExec this week announced the Government Hall of Fame and Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Award winners.  Tom Shoop is editor at-large at GovExec Media. He joined the podcast to discuss the Government Hall of Fame and the Teddies.

Sep 24

17 min 39 sec

The seven-day average for American coronavirus deaths reached 2,000 again this month, matching similar numbers of the spring of 2021. But, vaccine news has sparked some optimism lately on the booster and children front. Courtney Bublé writes the Coronavirus Roundup on She joined the show to discuss vaccines and other news that she’s been covering about the pandemic.

Sep 23

15 min 10 sec

Democratic leaders this week announced a bill that would fund federal agencies through the end of the year and suspend the debt limit through December 2022. The plan would avert a shutdown, but the debt limit aspects will face major Republican opposition in the Senate. GovExec reporter Eric Katz is covering the negotiations around the continuing resolution. He joined the show to discuss the state of play as we approach a potential shutdown.  

Sep 22

14 min 20 sec

President Joe Biden’s administration has diversity, equity and inclusion as cornerstones of his administration’s policies. Systemic problems lie at the heart of inequality and federal agencies need to address these problems both within and outside their organizations. Shrupti Shah is a Managing Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP where she leads the Behavioral Insights practice. She is also one of the authors of a new Deloitte report titled “Government’s equity imperative. The path toward systemic change” and currently advises the Biden White House about the federal government’s racial equity initiatives. She joined the show to discuss the report. 

Sep 21

17 min 31 sec

The modernization of government has been a phrase often repeated in the public sector over the past few decades, with human capital, technology and broader management all factoring into the concept. Part of modernization, however, will also involve making it easier to support collaboration between different levels of governments and different agencies. The National Academy of Public Administration recently announced the establishment of the Center on Intergovernmental Partnerships to help rebuild the collaborative capabilities. Terry Gerton is the President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration. She served for 12 years in the Senior Executive Service as a career member and as a political appointee, and 20 years as an active duty Army officer. She joined the show to discuss her post on our site recently headlined “The Case for Building a Collaborative Intergovernmental System.”  

Sep 20

17 min 41 sec

  A presidential administration still in its first year can mean shifting contracting priorities and policies. Additionally, the past 18 months of a worldwide pandemic have shifted public sector IT priorities for firms and agencies alike.   Todd Gustafson is President of HP Federal, and An Nguyen is President of NCS Technologies. They joined the podcast to discuss tech trends and the future of IT in the public sector.

Sep 16

22 min 51 sec

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 has changed the federal government’s calculus in combating the pandemic, the White House is putting into place new vaccine mandate requirements for federal employees and contractors. President Joe Biden announced the new rules last week. Courtney Bublé writes the Coronavirus Roundup on She joined the podcast to discuss the mandate and other news that she’s been covering about the pandemic.  

Sep 15

16 min 50 sec

The bipartisan 9/11 commission recommended dozens of changes to information sharing and intelligence gathering. The war in Afghanistan initially focused the post-Sept. 11 military, while the Authorization for Use of Military Force kick-started the Global War on Terror. In these and other ways, the American response to the Sept. 11 attacks ushered in a new era of government. The United States continues to reckon with these effects, 20 years after the most devastating attack of its kind on American soil. In the finale of our series marking the attacks’ legacy on government, GovExec Daily explores the lasting effects on the administrative state and American political culture. Government Executive editor Tom Shoop, 9/11 commission member and former Rep. Tim Roemer, Dr. Alasdair Roberts, Dr. Lisa Parshall and Dr. Ron Sanders discuss how the attacks instigated major changes in government administration and the public’s view of government.

Sep 14

19 min

The Sept. 11 attacks exposed vulnerabilities in American antiterrorism policy and execution. The government and public wanted to know what went wrong and what could be done to prevent further attacks. To better answer these and other pressing questions, President George W. Bush and Congress established The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. The 9/11 Commission would eventually present its 500-plus-page report to the nation in July 2004. As part of a series marking the attacks’ legacy on government, GovExec Daily explores the military and foreign policy legacy of the American reaction to Sept. 11. Dr. Ron Sanders and commission members Dr. Christopher A. Kojm and former Ambassador Tim Roemer discuss their experiences with the commission, the restructuring of the intelligence community and the effects of the attacks on the national psyche that remain today.

Sep 13

17 min 41 sec

Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force as a joint resolution a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The AUMF authorized the use of the military against terrorist organizations and every president since George W. Bush has interpreted that authority to extend operations beyond al Qaeda and the Taliban. The Global War on Terror has spanned the globe over the last two decades and continues to this day under the cover of secrecy, as the full list of targeted groups remains classified.  As part of a series marking the attacks’ legacy on government, GovExec Daily explores the military and foreign policy legacy of the American reaction to Sept. 11. Ben Watson and Dr. Tony Brooks, veterans of the war in Afghanistan, discuss their experiences and Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko talks about the failures in nation-building.

Sep 10

17 min 31 sec

Twenty years ago this week, terrorists struck the United States in the largest attack of its kind on American soil. The Sept. 11 attacks were a shock to the world and a turning point for the nation. In the subsequent decades, the federal government reoriented its intelligence gathering infrastructure, waged the Global War on Terror and shifted its thinking and resources around administrative power and function.  Over four episodes, GovExec Daily examines the ways the attacks have changed government and how government responded. First, people who were there on that day—current and former Government Executive staffers, Pentagon workers and others—explain what they experienced in the immediate aftermath of that fateful day.

Sep 9

16 min 25 sec