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Americans Hate 'The Government,' Like Actual Government Programs

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

Trust in Washington is perilously low, disapproval of Congress is embarrassingly high, and outsider candidates remain at the top of the GOP poll...

Federal Government as Employer: High Road or Bottom Feeder?

Dean Baker | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

President Obama has been using his executive power to try to promote good workplace practices among federal contractors. But at the same time, his administration has been looking to restructure federal agencies with the hope of saving money by downgrading the job quality of large numbers of positions.

Congress Is Holding The Debt Ceiling Hostage Again -- And That's Still Scary

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

The United States will reach its legal debt limit on Nov. 3 if Congress does not act to increase it. What would the dangers be, in that scenario?&nbs...

Puerto Rico's Capped Federal Medicaid Funding Causing Shortfalls

Edwin Park | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Edwin Park

This week's Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island's inadequate Medicaid funding. Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of funding.

How to Cure Federal Workers' Biggest Workplace Pains

Tom Fox | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

My recent column on how federal senior executives have vastly different perceptions than their employees on a number of critical workplace issues stru...

Chief Scientists: U.S. Can Remain Innovation Leader in Science's 'Endless Frontier'

Dr. Richard W. Spinrad | Posted 08.06.2015 | Science
Dr. Richard W. Spinrad

Seventy years ago, the Administration of President Harry S. Truman released a groundbreaking report on the heels of the World War II Victory in Europe that sparked a scientific revolution in America.

The Case for Bernie Sanders

Walker Bragman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

Bernie Sanders can win--not just the primary, but the general. Democrats should back him, and ignore the arguments made by Barney Frank and others, who say giving Hillary the nod early is the only hope for victory in 2016.

5 Ways The Tech Industry Is Reshaping The Education System As We Know It

Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

Education is experiencing a tech revolution. Chalkboards have been replaced by smartboards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for paren...

10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.

Firing More VA Employees Faster Will Not Improve Services for Veterans

Max Stier | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Max Stier

In a rush to assist poorly served veterans, many in Congress are supporting legislation to quickly fire the "bad apples" at the Department of Veterans Affairs. These lawmakers have the right intention -- improved care for veterans -- but their remedy will do far more harm than good.

The Internet of Everything Empowers Cities as Never Before

John M. Eger | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Let's be frank. The strength of America's economy and as well as our political prowess in the world are inextricably linked. Cities -- not the Federal government -- are best positioned to renew and reinvent America for the new, global, knowledge-based economy.

USICH Opening Doors

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.25.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When launched in 2010, Opening Doors was more than a blueprint for effective federal, state and local partnerships to end homelessness; it motivated all of us - inside and outside of government - to work harder, together, to address the needs of our most vulnerable people

Medicaid -- A Path to Housing & Services

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

"I am too old and sick to be back out there on the streets. It kind of takes a toll on a person." These words, spoken to Kaiser Health News by a gentleman once facing homelessness and now in supportive housing, say it all.

USCIS CIO: Design a User-Centric Digital Transformation Strategy

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Mark Schwartz, Chief Information officer of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is applying lean methods to reduce the distance between his internal customers and external citizens to the IT organization.

800 Years on, the Magna Carta for Our Time

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The Magna Carta is widely regarded as the document that marked the beginning of the Anglo tradition of constitutional liberty that would eventually lead to the writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Celebrating Every Member of Our Federal Family

Katherine Archuleta | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Katherine Archuleta

As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, I want to proudly reinforce my continued commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of our federal family, and recognize the incredible contributions this community has made in service to the American people.

State of Disaster

Robert Reich | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

I don't begrudge Texas billions of dollars in disaster relief. But the flow of federal money poses a bit of awkwardness for the Lone Star State. After all, just over a month ago hundreds of Texans decided that a pending Navy Seal/Green Beret joint training exercise was really an excuse to take over the state and impose martial law.

Daniel Marans

Rand Paul Amendment Would Increase Executive Branch Power | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) proposed a measure on Friday that would shift budgetary power from Congress to the executive branch. The “Bonuses for Cos...

Why Some of Us Pay More Estate Tax

Mike Branch, CFP | Posted 05.29.2015 | Money
Mike Branch, CFP

The Federal government assesses an estate or death tax only on estates valued at more than $5.43 million. Married couples can avoid these taxes if their net worth is less than $10.86 million.

Cultural Contradiction: America the Brilliant -- and Banal

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Daniel Davis

Our current political system has advanced at something close to glacial speed since about 1860 when the Republicans fielded their first presidential candidate (Abraham Lincoln). Since that time, there has been precious little change in how politics has been done.

Government Works, Even if Washington Doesn't

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Sure, the political system in Washington can certainly be described as dysfunctional -- and that's putting it kindly. But lumping together self-interested politicians with dedicated public sector employees is just plain wrong.

3 Ways Long Term Federal Transportation Funding Help Small Businesses Grow In America

Helen Callier | Posted 06.27.2015 | Small Business
Helen Callier

While many are able to benefit from public transportation, the reality is short term federal funding bills for transportation infrastructure for more than 10 years has left small businesses at the curve impacting job creation in our nation.

Leadership Lessons From the CIA

Tom Fox | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Timothy Kilbourn spent almost 30 years as a military analyst with the CIA. He was the deputy director of two divisions and the dean of the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis and served for several years as the daily briefer to President George W. Bush. Kilbourn spoke about his experiences and views on leadership in an interview with me.

Federal and Private Sectors' Approaches to Cyber Collide

Peter B. LaMontagne | Posted 06.21.2015 | Technology
Peter B. LaMontagne

In the 21st century and the post-9/11 global risk environment, we are seeing the emergence of a new type of technology crossover involving national security and the commercial tech market -- or 'cross-convergence.'

Answering Our Call to Service: Educating the Public Sector

Jayson Boyers | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Jayson Boyers

Anyone who has followed my columns in the Huffington Post knows I am a vocal proponent for establishing a three-way partnership between higher education, industry and community.