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.
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.
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.
When our team set out to tackle the FCC.gov 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?
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.
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.
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.