Critical Update: How the Coronavirus is Changing Federal Work


“Government is traditionally seen as this old, ancient, antiquated system … How [does this change] the future of work for government?”

With the coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation—and the world—federal employees and contractors are dealing with unprecedented times while trying to work from home. To kick off Critical Update Season 5, Nextgov reporters came together for a roundtable discussion of our latest reporting on how the federal IT workforce is dealing with COVID-19 and leading the charge in response to a global crisis. 

The discussion touches on the latest policies from the Office of Management and Budget and individual agencies on which employees should be teleworking during this time and the IT and cybersecurity implications.

We also include a breakdown of the emergency appropriations bill that passed both chambers of Congress, including what funding was—and wasn’t—allocated to help federal agencies continue to meet their missions while employees stay home.

And, as the federal government adapts to a new way of working, reporters looked to the future and how this crisis will likely change government operations permanently.

Listen to the full episode below, featuring Nextgov Executive Editor Frank Konkel, Senior Editor Aaron Boyd and staff correspondents Mariam Baksh and Brandi Vincent, along with GovExec Senior Correspondent Eric Katz.

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