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Courtney Bublé

Courtney Bublé
Courtney Buble is a staff correspondent who covers the federal government with a focus on oversight, management, contracting and regulations. In 2022, she won the American Society of Business Publication Editors' Young Leaders Scholarship and was selected for the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship for 2022-2023. Before joining Government Executive in July 2019, she worked for NBC News. Courtney graduated from The George Washington University in 2018.
Workforce

The Biden administration moves to make unions more accessible to federal contractors

This carries out a recommendation from the White House task force on worker organizing. 

People

Biden named the next Secret Service director ‘at a critical moment’

Kim Cheatle previously worked at the agency for 27 years and was on Biden’s detail when he was vice president.

Workforce

A former watchdog has ideas on dealing with poorly performing inspectors general

The former acting Pentagon inspector general asks, “Who is watching the watchdogs?”

Congress

A new bill seeks to prevent the Secret Service from withholding records from its watchdog

“While I share the concerns of my colleagues about the actions of the current inspector general, it is also clear the Secret Service tried to impede the inspector general’s investigation into the events of Jan. 6,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Cybersecurity

A top senate democrat asks the defense watchdog to investigate a new batch of missing Jan. 6 texts

“I don’t know whether the failure to preserve these critical government texts from Jan. 6 is the result of bad faith, stunning incompetence, or outdated records management policies, but we must get to the bottom of it,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Congress

The federal government plans to ‘step up our work’ on monkeypox after WHO declaration 

The Biden administration has faced pressure from lawmakers and others to do more on the outbreak.

Congress

A new bipartisan bill aims to reform the presidential transition process

The bill addresses issues raised during the highly unprecedented 2021 presidential transition.

Workforce

Budding spies might not get weeded out for past drug use

Activists say this would be a practical step to help ensure all the best candidates are getting considered for intelligence jobs. 

Workforce

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.

Acquisition

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. 

DHS manipulated report on Russian election interference during the Trump administration, watchdog says

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

Acquisition

Federal contractors could soon have to disentangle themselves completely from Russia 

A top House oversight Democrat says her bill limiting contracts with companies operating in Russia during the Ukraine war would supplement existing sanctions. 

Workforce

Worst-case scenario: Almost 13,000 federal facilities could be harmed by flooding

The Biden administration is looking at how the climate crisis will impact the federal budget and revenue.

Acquisition

The Labor Dept. wants to revise a Trump-era policy on handling discrimination claims against contractors

Department argues the changes would increase flexibility, efficiency and enforcement, but attorneys for contractors say the revisions would hurt transparency.

Acquisition

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.

Workforce

Federal agencies can relax their mask and testing Requirements

The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force updated its guidance following new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People

Biden's Supreme Court pick comes with experience on federal employee issues

Ketanji Brown Jackson overturned a trio of Trump executive orders that had made it easier to fire federal employees and limited union bargaining rights. 

GSA’s Trump Hotel lease is under scrutiny again

Lawmakers are calling for the agency to consider terminating the lease after the Trump Organization’s accounting firm said it could no longer vouch for the company’s financial statements.