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Larry Nassar appears for sentencing in Eaton County Circuit Court on Feb. 5, 2018, in Charlotte, Michigan. Photo: Rena Laverty/AFP via Getty Images

The FBI has fired an agent accused of failing to properly investigate the sexual assault allegations against USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Michael Langeman was fired just days before Wednesday's public hearing into the FBI's handling of the Nassar case — which will feature testimony from gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman.

Driving the news: Langeman's firing comes after a Justice Department inspector general report in July criticized Langeman — at that point unnamed — and his former boss, Jay Abbott, saying the FBI failed to pursue the Nassar case.

  • "Senior officials in the FBI Indianapolis Field Office failed to respond to the Nassar allegations with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required, made numerous and fundamental errors when they did respond to them, and violated multiple FBI policies," per the report.
  • When the report was released this summer, Langeman was no longer acting as an FBI agent, per NBC News.
  • Langeman was a supervisory special agent in the FBI's Indianapolis field office when he interviewed Maroney in 2015 about her allegations of abuse against Nassar.

The big picture: Nassar, the former Olympic Team USA gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to 40–175 years in prison in 2018 after 160 women accused him of sexually abusing them under the pretense of medical treatment.

What to watch: The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday will hold a hearing about the FBI's handling of the Nassar case.

  • FBI Director Chris Wray and Inspector General Michael Horowitz will also testify on Wednesday, Axios previously reported.

Go deeper: Judge orders Larry Nassar to turn over prison money to his victims

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Texas Observer: Medical boards allowed abusive doctors to treat patients

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A Texas doctor accused of inappropriately touching 17 female patients had then been told by a medical board to only treat men before being reported for assault by a male patient, an investigation by the Texas Observer found.

Why it matters: Medical boards that oversee doctors across the U.S. have used this loophole of curbing the types of patients predatory doctors are allowed to see rather than revoking their licenses, experts in the report said.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.

The hard math behind America's labor shortage

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, the pandemic has created unusual temporary labor market dynamics. But in the bigger picture, the 2010s were a golden age for companies seeking cheap labor. The 2020s are not.

The big picture: In the 2010s, the massive millennial generation was entering the workforce, the massive baby bo0m generation was still hard at work, and there was a multi-year hangover from the deep recession caused by the global financial crisis.

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