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The Myth of "Rightsizing" the Federal Workforce

Steve Ressler | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

President Ronald Reagan was no fan of big government. But would the man who famously said, "As government expands, liberty contracts," agree with the latest efforts to contract the federal government?

Feds Target Top Execs For Health Fraud

AP | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- It's getting personal now. In a shift still evolving, federal enforcers are targeting individual executives in health care fraud cases t...

Hard Times for These Times

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 07.19.2011 | College
Brian Rosenberg

It took me a long time to understand the relevancy of my "residency" in Dickens to the work and the world I now encounter. Everything I needed to know about my current situation was revealed in Dickens had I only taken the trouble to look.

5 Ways Federal Government Can Boost Entrepreneurship

Brad Feld | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

Over the past few years, I've spent some time thinking about how the government can help entrepreneurship.

The War on Ponzi-Style Government Waste

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Given the current budget and deficit crisis, government needs to find savings fast and in large sums. A good place to start is to cut off all franchise and working capital funds. Put the money back in the programs they were appropriated to support.

AIG Shares Fall Low Enough To Threaten Government Loss

Posted 07.09.2011 | Business

Shares in bailed-out insurer American International Group (AIG.N) fell to their lowest levels in nearly eight months on Monday, potentially moving...

New Orleans: Ground Zero in the Cultural War

Brian Ross | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The Founding Fathers defined the boundaries of liberty and freedom. New Orleans lives them. The birthplace of jazz. The true birthplace of Rock-and-Ro...

Reorganizing Beyond the Beltway

Dan Carol | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Dan Carol

While it's good that we are focused on streamlining how big federal agencies can more effectively deliver outcomes, let's not forget that the biggest bang for the buck may come from moving the buck from D.C. to community-led growth.

Government's Listening Opportunity

Steven VanRoekel | Posted 06.18.2011 | Technology
Steven VanRoekel

When our team set out to tackle the redesign -- the first in 10 years, and a monster project from any angle -- we asked ourselves a fundamental question: How do we transform the way citizens interact with their government online?

16 Mortgage Lenders And Servicers Ordered To Reimburse Homeowners

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON/CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Dave Clarke and Joe Rauch) - U.S. bank regulators announced pacts with the largest home lenders over allegat...

Saki Knafo

What the Government Shutdown Means On The (Very) Local Level | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

This story was reported in collaboration with our partners at As politicians in Washington fought over proposed cuts to the federal bud...

Shutdown Would Not Disrupt Lockheed Martin, CEO Says

Posted 06.08.2011 | Business

By Colin Clark Editor AOL Defense Washington: America's defense companies, who rely largely on the federal government for their revenue, are tryin...

Government Shutdown Could Affect Passport Applications, Travel Plans

Sue Frause | Posted 06.07.2011 | Travel
Sue Frause

I'm somewhat nervous about the potential government shutdown this weekend. Not so much that the national parks and museums will be closed, but because I have international travel plans in early May.

In a Government Shutdown, It's Our Fellow Americans That Get Hurt

Steve Ressler | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

The real casualties of a government shutdown are the civil servants who wake up every morning on a mission to make a difference for our country. They want to go into the office -- and many would do so without pay.

Federal Consolidation Comes With Risks

Max Stier | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

At the recent Gridiron roast for politicians and journalists, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius jokingly suggested moving the Tran...

The Tea Party Threatens John Boehner and the Future of the GOP

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

At what point will Republicans, who, after all, have elections to win if they actually want to accomplish anything significant, shed this albatross that is clearly bringing them down?

William Alden

Shutdown Could Be 'Ugly,' Potentially Triggering Recession | William Alden | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business

An extended federal government shutdown could devastate the U.S. economy by dealing a blow to Americans' confidence, experts said Tuesday. If lawma...

Conflict of Interest and Shakedowns at OPM

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Very few private sector companies or government agencies have weathered the recession as well as the Office of Personnel Management, thanks to a business model built on conflict of interest, lack of accountability and anti-competitive practices.

Who Needs the Government?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

As President Obama recently said, "We are the government." It makes no sense to be anti-government in the American context, unless you are opposed to the values that it represents.

The GOP's Latest Plan to Undermine Social Security

Nancy Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The Republicans in the House of Representatives want to strip away $1.7 billion from the already underfunded Social Security Administration, money that is needed simply to keep offices open.

Just Plain Nuts: House Republican Budget Proposals Put Forth in the Most Haphazard Manner Imaginable

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

House Republican are going down a dangerous road by forgoing the standard tools of the legislative process.

States Should Follow Federal Example on Pensions and Health Care Costs

Larry Hirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Hirsch

With skyrocketing pension costs the primary economic threat to many states, it is obvious that there needs to be reform. A primary working example are Federal Employee benefits.

Dropout Nation

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Yes, America is a Dropout Nation. Obama promised to tackle the dropout rate, calling it an "economic imperative if the United States intends to remain competitive in the global society."

The President's Address and the National Endowment for the Arts

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

The National Endowment for the Arts is as important to this nation -- its spirit, its sense of self -- as any other of our Government departments and agencies. It is long past time that this be recognized.

Government Workers Are the New Illegal Aliens

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tina Dupuy

Government workers are the new group treated like parasites on the system; their jobs are illegitimate and disposable. Better to stick with the empty and symbolic than tackle the difficult.