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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.
Acquisition

Here’s what the contracting community thinks of the new proposed rule on climate reporting  

The proposed rule is part of the Biden administration’s larger environmental agenda, but it comes with costs for contractors. 

Congress

What would a GOP takeover of the House mean for the Oversight Committee? 

The chair-in-waiting for the once “sleepy” committee would like to investigate COVID-19’s origins, the Biden administration’s border policies and the president’s family members. 

The IG Council is investigating Homeland Security watchdog

The council also pushed back on broader claims that it is “failing” in its mission. 

Defense

The Pentagon’s watchdog is taking a closer look at DOD's records management and device use after missing Jan. 6 texts

The acting inspector general shared information about the review in response to a letter from a top senator expressing concerns about handling of messages related to the Capitol insurrection. 

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.