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Republican States Are More Dependent On Government

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business

Is your state one of the ones that relies on Uncle Sam the most?

Digital Citizenship First: White House Endorses 'HTTPS-everything'

Andrea Stroppa | Posted 05.23.2015 | Technology
Andrea Stroppa

This is a positive move that deserve to be supported at any level: better privacy protection and strong security are mandatory steps toward a digital society shaped around people's needs and easily-accessible public services.

A Budget That's Best for All Americans

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

The "People's Budget," which I helped draft, strikes a strong contrast with the Republican plan. It rewards hard work and invests in our country. It ensures that everyone has an opportunity to get a good education, find a good job, live in a safe and secure home, put food on the table, have affordable health care, save for retirement and maybe have a little left over.

Millennials Make Ideal Public Servants

Tom Fox | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

When senior leaders objectively think back to earlier points in their own careers, they may realize they were not all that different from millennials. Sure, this new generation is different in superficial ways. But at the end of the day, they are looking for the same opportunities to make a difference, develop their skills and grow into leadership positions, and they want to do so quickly.

Politics As Usual: How the Federal Government Fails Working Parents

Rachael Ellison, MA | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Rachael Ellison, MA

Change is hard and good policies aren't enough in a culture that doesn't prioritize caregiving. For a glimpse into the challenges of creating a truly family-friendly culture we only need to look to America's largest employer -- the federal government.

President's Budget Proposal Addresses Housing Needs

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We need to join together to persuade Congress to fund programs that end homelessness, create more supportive housing, and increase the overall supply of affordable housing for all Americans.

Closing the Cyber Talent Gap

Steve Cooker | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Steve Cooker

For the U.S. federal government to effectively build its cyber workforce of the future, agencies must consider adopting new approaches and technologies to streamline critical aspects of recruiting, hiring, workforce planning, and training.

The United States' First CTO: 6 Business Innovation Lessons

Vala Afshar | Posted 03.29.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Most people do not associate innovation and the notion of a lean startup with government, but former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the United States Aneesh Chopra shares his insights about data and how government data can be a force of positive change to enable the private sector for the benefit of everyone.

The Suprising Thing People Facing Federal Criminal Charges Learn

Matt Kaiser | Posted 03.18.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Basically two things happen in court -- people try to get someone else's money or the government tries to get someone's freedom. People taken to court are either at risk of losing cash or going to prison.

How Congress and Federal Leaders Can Work Better Together

Tom Fox | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

As the 114th session of Congress begins, we turned to two former legislators for greater insight into how congressional leaders and the federal leader...

"Cupcake Amnesty:" Childhood Obesity and the Political Divide

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

No cupcake-related "rules or guidelines" were in fact "abolished" by the Texas Department of Agriculture, which oversees our state's child nutrition programs, but Miller likely cares little about the specifics.

Julián Castro Shares His Thoughts on Leadership

Tom Fox | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Castro talked about his leadership philosophy, improving employee morale at HUD and how he spends his time away from the office.

How to Strengthen Federal Workers' Job Satisfaction

Tom Fox | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

According to the "Best Places to Work" data, 43 percent of federal agencies bucked the overall government-wide trend by engaging employees and improving morale. How did they do it?

How Federal Leaders Can Use the 'Best Places to Work' Rankings

Tom Fox | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

The rankings come at a time when the Obama administration is making a point of holding agency leaders and senior managers more accountable for improving employee engagement and productivity, in hopes of achieving better outcomes for the public.

Critiques of the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Tom Fox | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

A number of federal employees responded to my recent column about the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program, largely reinforcing the flaws that recent surveys found in the way agencies manage this premier initiative.

So, Who Is Still Going to Jail for Marijuana?

Steph Sherer | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Despite repeated public declarations by the Obama administration that it isn't targeting patients growing for their own personal use, the Department of Justice continues to aggressively go after people who are in full compliance with their state's medical marijuana law.

The Real Issue On Election Day

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Do we want a government that sits on its hands in times of great challenges, or one that rolls up its sleeves and tackles the problems head on?

What the Secret Service Needs to Do Now

Tom Fox | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Low employee morale can hinder the ability of agencies to effectively carry out their missions on behalf of the American people. With federal agencie...

The Deep-rooted Problems With Government

Tom Fox | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University and author of Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do B...

Gotcha, Government!

Terry Newell | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Why couldn't the CDC save lives instead of putting them at risk? Why couldn't the VA help patients instead of delaying their care? Then maybe we would have a little more trust in the feds.

Bleeding the Federal Workforce

Tom Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

After 17 terms serving in Congress, Rep. Frank R. Wolf announced plans to retire at the end of this year. Wolf, a Republican from Northern Virginia, h...

How Obama Cut the Deficit in Half -- And Made Us Pay the Price

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama deserves credit for delivering on his promise to shrink the deficit -- a promise that Mitt Romney and his tax cuts would surely have violated -- but Americans have to ask themselves whether they really want a smaller government.

4 Cornerstones for Federal Achievement

Meiko S. Patton | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Meiko S. Patton

In order to succeed in business and in life, you have to be willing to change. Without change, there can be no growth. In order to get what you've never had, you have to become someone you've never been.

Celebrating What Government Gets Right

Tom Fox | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government is responsible for numerous important accomplishments due to the talented and dedicated people who have chosen to serve, but to...

Treating Citizens Like Customers

Tom Fox | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Providing services to citizens, businesses and other organizations is integral to the missions of most federal agencies, but many are falling short. ...