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'Cleaning the Gunk' out of Washington With Transparency and Accountability

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Accountability goes hand-in-hand with transparency--and Washington needs more of both. That's why I introduced two bills this week to boost accountability and shine more sunlight on government.

One Senate Rule That Has to Pass

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

Those in Congress who want to stay in the shadows and avoid accountability have managed to derail our efforts to stop secret holds many times before -- but this time I think we can finally get this important change passed.

What's the real agenda behind opposing shared custody?

Rob Hahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Rob Hahn

My previous blog dealing with domestic violence and shared custody generated plenty of response, so much that it warrants a follow-up.

Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 5

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fifth and final excerpt from law professor Laura Dickinson's book, Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Priva...

A Rushed Response

Roderick Spencer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Roderick Spencer

A RUSHED RESPONSE It is hard to maintain ones balance after a terrible event. People say and do things that they might wish to take back, so it's imp...

Teacher Data Reports: What Should We Be Measuring?

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

I can already presuppose counterarguments to my criticism of this teacher rating system: If you're doing your job, is there anything to worry about?

Hope for 2011

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.31.2011 | Impact
Cilla McCain

I e-mailed some of my friends and acquaintances this new year's and asked what lessons they've learned in 2010. Their responses went much deeper than vowing to lose weight or exercise.

Obama and Open Government: Turning Vision Into Reality

Gary D. Bass, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary D. Bass, Ph.D.

Obama deserves top grades for the strategy, the initiative, and the commitment to openness. To be truly transformational, he must get agencies to make timely, accurate information available to the public in searchable and downloadable formats.

How America Messed Up Its Kids... And How We Can Fix Them

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

The Baby Boomers have given their Generation Y/Millennials freedom from responsibility and accountability for their actions. They have moved past indulging them directly to spoiling them.

Four Keys To Success In 2011

Russell Bishop | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

I know all too well that getting unstuck is rarely going to be easy and that working around what's in the way is often messy. However, there are four basic keys I have discovered that you can apply.

Can We Bridge the Divide Between Accountability and Learning?

JD Hoye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
JD Hoye

There is a fundamental tension between assessment for accountability and assessment for learning.

Ten Questions for Harold Koh About Torture and U.S. Compliance With its Legal Commitments

Larry Siems | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Siems

We should be asking the Obama administration about the status of U.S. compliance with its domestic and international commitments on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment.

Is Your Team Held Accountable?

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

When you successfully establish accountability, it leads to great benefits. You'll be able to trust your team, free up time for you to concentrate on strategy, and lead a confident group.

Joel Klein's Business Model and the Drowning of Nicole Suriel

Marc Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

It seems that the principal of Nicole Suriel's school has been fired. However he was not relieved of his job because of the poor judgment he exercised in the events that led up to her drowning.

Why We Need Whistleblowers In India

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

Just as America faces the aftermath of Wikileaks, halfway across the globe, in a slightly altered scenario, another of the world's largest democracies...

WikiLeaks, Then Congress, Reveals Reluctance to Account for Guantanamo and Torture

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

The US would do better to promote national security by respecting international law and holding those who violate it accountable, rather than threatening other countries for doing so.

Journalism Is Not an Attack, Wikileaks Is Not Warfare

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Mull

If you support Wikileaks, if you support transparency, accountability, or even just basic free speech, you should not be playing into the government's semantic game that presents itself as a victim, and Wikileaks as an attacker.

The Disservice of a 'Rigorous' Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Tests, standards, accountability, economic competitiveness, managers, vouchers, data, metrics... does anyone actually care about children?

Accountability: What we can learn from martial arts

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Isn't it frustrating when people don't take responsibility for their mistakes? From the coworker who can't seem to get their projects in on time to t...

The Role of the Educator

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

There may still be thousands of people employed today with the job title of "teacher" or "educator", but it is misleading to suggests that all, or even most, aspects of providing an education should, or could, be placed into the hands of these individuals.

Reinventing the Federal Budget

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

We're in a crisis that threatens to bankrupt this nation. In 10 years we will be spending nearly a trillion dollars on debt service. The worst news is we're not sure where all this money goes.

Why WikiLeaks Is Good for Democracy

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Information is the lifeblood of democracy. By labeling tens of millions of documents secret, the US government has created a huge vacuum of information.

Wikileaks Cables Reveal Deep Repercussions of Bush Torture Policy

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

An exchange between U.S. and German officials reveals a sad reality about the tangled web woven by the Bush administration -- and highlights how President Obama has kept the U.S. ensnared by that legacy.

School Leaders: Making and Breaking Education

Meredith Ely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Meredith Ely

Education seems to exist in a universe outside of traditional nonprofit and private sectors. As a result, we see people with passion, but without the business savvy to build super efficient environments.

Memo to Tea Party Senators

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Every base, installation, and weapons system has its own constituency. As a result of the pressures to preserve jobs and incomes, many defense decisions are made for parochial reasons.