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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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DHS is Making ‘Significant Reforms’ to the Employee Discipline Process

This comes after an outside oversight group alleged wrongdoing in the inspector general office, which the IG contests.

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The White House Just Pulled Its Nominee to Fill the Still-Vacant Job of Federal Procurement Chief

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has not had a confirmed leader since the Trump administration, despite the Biden administration's goals to use procurement to advance equity and curb climate change. 

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The Federal Response to Monkeypox: Empathy, Equity, Science and Transparency

Mitigating the virus comes down to “testing, tracing and timely vaccines and treatments,” a senior health official says.

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There are Vaccine Possibilities for Monkeypox, CDC Says

Though there is “strong scientific concern” that monkeypox is spreading differently than in the past, the current case count is low and there’s not a huge risk to the general community, a CDC official says.

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Here’s What the New ‘Buy America’ Infrastructure Commitments Mean for Agencies

Waivers can be issued under certain circumstances, but proposed exceptions must be made available to the public and approved by an office within OMB.  

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More Than 90 Agencies Release Their First-Ever Equity Plans

“For the first time Americans will see a full picture of what it looks like for the entire federal government to advance equity at once,” a senior administration official said.

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A New Rule Aims to Boost Biden’s ‘Made in America’ Program

The update to the Buy American Act would build on the administration’s push to get federal agencies using more domestic products and services.

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What Does Another Continuing Resolution Mean for Federal Contractors?

These stopgap spending measures can lead to "endless stop-and-start contract cycles, creating inefficiency and disruption."

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Part of Biden’s $15 Contractor Minimum Wage Order Has Been Halted Temporarily

“This ruling helps more than 40,000 companies like Arkansas Valley Adventures who provide seasonal recreational services on federal lands,” said an attorney for the plaintiffs.

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A Federal Pandemic Watchdog Says its Oversight Money Will Run Out in July

Brian Miller, special inspector general for pandemic recovery, wrote in a new report that $25 million in CARES Act start-up funds is not enough.

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The Deadline is Here for Federal Contractors to Start Paying at least $15 an Hour

This comes as a “record number” of states and localities are increasing their minimum wages in 2022.

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Biden Orders Agencies to Take Steps to Improve Government Customer Service

The people-first approach tackles everything from federal benefits to passport services to disaster recovery. 

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Lawsuit Challenges Biden’s Contractor Minimum Wage Regulation

The rule is “an executive power grab to force a social agenda through federal contractors,” said the legal team.

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Contractor Vaccine Mandate in Three States 

“This is not a case about whether vaccines are effective. They are,” wrote the judge. 

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White House Clarifies Contractor Vaccination Deadline

GSA launched a tracker this week to monitor compliance with the mandate.

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Survey: Majority of Federal Employees Disagree With Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Comments submitted as part of the survey show a diversity of thought on the requirement. 

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Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccine Deadline Pushed Back to January

The deadline aligns with the Biden administration’s other new vaccine mandates, but is more than six weeks after federal employees are required to receive their shots.