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The Deep State Is A Very Real Thing

George Friedman | Posted 03.16.2017 | Politics
George Friedman

There is something ominous-sounding in the deep state. It implies that beneath constitutionally ordained systems and principles, there is a deeper and...

Why Trump needs the civil servants he wants to fire: Lessons from Japan and Turkey

The Conversation US | Posted 02.10.2017 | Home
The Conversation US

By Adnan Rasool, Georgia State University Like most Republicans, President Donald Trump has made it clear he intends to "fix" the federal government ...

Do Civil Servants Have an Obligation to Obey the President?

Terry Newell | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Terry Newell

In recent days, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates announced that her department would not defend the president's executive order on immigration. Sh...

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Cop?

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Helen Eisenbach

1. What does the phrase "protect and serve" mean to you? 2. Are you comfortable shooting a gun? 3. Do you consider people who don't look like you to be human beings? 4. Define the phrase "civil servant."

Restoring Honor to Public Service

Terry Newell | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

When George Washington took the oath as president, public service was an honored obligation. Today, most Americans associate honor with military service but tend to view those who enter civil service as "feds," "bureaucrats," and a necessary evil.

These Are the 10 Most Psychopathic Jobs in America

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.06.2014 | Weird News
Michael Shammas

As an aspiring lawyer, I suspected it all along, but now my suspicions have been (unfortunately) confirmed: We're all crazy. A ranking compiled by O...

Bully in the Federal Workplace

Jim Moore | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Whether they are on the staffs of senators or congressmen, or work in the myriad halls of cabinet departments and federal agencies, a large number find themselves on the short end of the stick with little recourse.

Do it Like Canadians: Does Their Governing Structure Offer a Solution to Our Dysfunction?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In our government, the president's top deputies are partisan appointments, part of a thick layer of political appointees that run every important council and agency in the government.

IRS Civil Servants Underappreciated

Susan Rhea | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

The IRS needs more resources -- people and money. Congress has strangled their funding for over ten years, to the point that they cannot update computers and software, yet alone hire civil servants to replace the ones that retire.

The President Is Also a CEO

Terry Newell | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

Mitt Romney recently let his potential federal workforce know that he thinks they are overpaid. Any executive who took the CEO's job after announcing that his entire workforce was not worth much would not create the conditions for high performance.

The Lingering Global Crisis and the New Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

The lingering global crisis is forcing us to rethink the objectives and the tools of social policy. Past meltdowns in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin-America provide us with some good hints on what to expect and how to respond.

It's Time to Honor All Our Fallen Heroes

Terry Newell | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

When Victoria Delong, who served in the U.S. Cultural Affairs Office in Port-au-Prince died in Haiti during its devastating earthquake last January, it was left up to her agency to decide whether and how to honor her.

The "Yes We Can" Multiplier

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

There are probably few groups as savagely maligned as career public servants, but they are the folks - the only folks -- who know how to turn good policy into good programs that actually work.