Lisa Rein
Lisa Rein
I cover the federal gov't in the Biden administration. Please email with story ideas, tips, thoughts at Lisa.Rein@washpost.com Signal 202-821-3120Source
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Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for businesses, federal workers

Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for businesses, federal workers

President Biden announced sweeping new coronavirus vaccine mandates Thursday designed to affect tens of millions of Americans, ordering all businesses with more than 100 employees to require their workers to be immunized or face weekly testing. Biden also said that he would require most health-care facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid funding to vaccinate their employees, which the White House believes will cover 50,000 locations. And the president signed an executive order compelling all federal employees to get vaccinated — without an option for those who prefer to be regularly...

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Sep 14
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Investigation suppressed by Trump administration reveals obstacles to hurricane aid for Puerto Rico

Investigation suppressed by Trump administration reveals obstacles to hurricane aid for Puerto Rico

The Trump administration put up that for Puerto Rico and then obstructed an investigation into the holdup, according to an obtained by The Washington Post.Congress into the delays to recovery aid for Puerto Rico after in 2017 left residents of the U.S. territory for months. But, the report said, former Housing and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson and another former HUD official declined to be interviewed by investigators during the course of the examination that began in 2019.Access to HUD information was on several occasions. Several former senior administration officials in the...

Apr 22
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Congress faces renewed pressure on gun control after Indiana’s red-flag law fails to thwart FedEx shooter

Congress faces renewed pressure on gun control after Indiana’s red-flag law fails to thwart FedEx shooter

A Senate Democrat leading negotiations seeking to compromise with Republicans on gun-control legislation said Sunday he’s hopeful that last week’s mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis will hasten a breakthrough.“I hope this will increase the changes to get something done,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in an interview. “We’ve been engaged in consistent discussions with Republicans. Interest in this issue does get elevated [for Republicans] when there are more high-profile shootings.”The renewed momentum for gun-control legislation following House action in March comes as...

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Apr 19
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Trump officials hindered at least nine key oversight probes, watchdogs said. Some may finally be released in coming months.

Trump officials hindered at least nine key oversight probes, watchdogs said. Some may finally be released in coming months.

ADAlmost as soon as she opened a politically charged investigation in 2019 into whether the Trump White House blocked hurricane relief to a devastated Puerto Rico, the internal watchdog at the Department of Housing and Urban Development ran into obstacles.HUD demanded that their attorneys sit in on witness interviews, a tactic inspectors general said was unusual and could shape witness testimony. White House officials told top agency appointees to withhold their communications, and interviews show. Other records took months to obtain.Four months after Donald Trump’s defeat, Inspector...

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Mar 23
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Trump left behind a damaged government. Here’s what Biden faces as he rebuilds it.

Trump left behind a damaged government. Here’s what Biden faces as he rebuilds it.

ADMore than 18 months after the Agriculture Department relocated two research agencies from Washington to Kansas City, Mo., prompting a major exodus from both divisions, the agencies are still struggling to regain their strength.Even after a round of hiring in the past year, the permanent staff of the Economic Research Service is down 33 percent from where it was near the end of the Obama administration, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture workforce has declined 34 percent. According to USDA, they have 115 and 130 job vacancies, respectively.“We lost some of the nation’s best...

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Feb 6
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Biden, filling out his government, to name five women as deputy secretaries

Biden, filling out his government, to name five women as deputy secretaries

ADPresident-elect Joe Biden on Monday plans to nominate five women to serve in the No. 2 spots at key Cabinet agencies, moving to fill out vital day-to-day operations roles in the government he will take over on Wednesday.The moves, which will install deputies with hands-on experience in critical departments, reflect Biden’s push to elevate women and his desire to quickly tackle the nation’s crises and repair agencies suffering from morale and other problems.The nominees, who must be confirmed by the Senate, include Jewel H. Bronaugh at Agriculture, Polly Trottenberg at Transportation,...

January 18, 2021
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Trump’s 11th-hour assault on the civil service by stripping job protections runs out of time

Trump’s 11th-hour assault on the civil service by stripping job protections runs out of time

ADPresident Trump’s last-ditch effort to remove civil service protections from tens of thousands of career federal employees appears to have lost steam, facing time constraints and legal hurdles as the administration prepares to leave office, officials said.As a result, President-elect Joe Biden will become president Wednesday with an executive order in place to carry out the biggest change to the civil service in a generation — but no completed paperwork to reclassify the affected employees so they can be fired without cause. Allies of Biden say he’s likely to reverse Trump’s order.In...

January 19, 2021
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GSA official in charge of handing transition resources to Biden isn't budging

GSA official in charge of handing transition resources to Biden isn't budging

WASHINGTON - A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing President-elect Joe Biden's transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden's victory and could disrupt the transfer of power.The administrator of the General Services Administration, the low-profile agency in charge of federal buildings, has a little-known role when a new president is elected: to sign paperwork officially turning over millions of dollars, as well as giving access to government officials, office space and equipment...

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November 9, 2020
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New homes on the range: Weary city dwellers escape to Montana, creating a property gold rush

New homes on the range: Weary city dwellers escape to Montana, creating a property gold rush

BOZEMAN, Mont. — The four-bedroom contemporary just west of town smelled of fresh paint, flooring, sealant and new beginnings. The Bridger Mountains beckoned against an azure sky off the back deck, and Robert Carder, Montana's newest transplant, couldn't contain himself.“This is your new home, Conner!” he exclaimed to his 57-pound Australian cattle dog, whose paws were slipping on the wood floor in the living room. Carder spread his arms wide. “How much bigger is this than the picture?” he asked his wife, Valentina, confirming what the couple from Los Angeles already knew.Their living room...

October 20, 2020
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