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It's a Matter of Priorities

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

It is clear the pledge made to Grover Norquist is stronger for some in Congress than the pledge they have made to our troops. It is absolutely reprehensible that the richest country in the world will not keep its promises to its voluntary military.

Tips From Federal Agencies With Happy Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Our newly released 2013 'Best Places to Work in the Federal Government' rankings show a continued decline government-wide in employee satisfaction and...

What to do when the 'Best Places to Work' rankings come out

Tom Fox | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The 2013 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings, released on December 18, provide managers with important insights into the satisfac...

Leadership lessons from the president of American University

Tom Fox | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Neil Kerwin became American University's 14th president in September 2007. Kerwin joined AU in 1975 and has held numerous faculty and leadership posit...

Getting Federal Agencies to Work Better -- and Together

Tom Fox | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Zach Tumin is co-author with William J. Bratton of the book "Collaborate or Perish! Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World." He also manages ...

Are You a Citizen Lobbyist? You Can Be!

Edward Falzon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Edward Falzon

There's a common perception that the only two options for political involvement are to vote or to run for office. These avenues are certainly open to us all, but most of us seem to forget a third option: Lobbying. And the perfect how-to guide is now on the shelves.

Playing With Fire

Michael Farr | Posted 02.02.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

As rates begin to rise in anticipation of Fed "tapering," we would expect an eventual reversal as economic indicators begin to deteriorate. In other words, there is a ceiling on the pace of this economic recovery until deleveraging runs its course (which could be a long while).

El Hacker Cívico: Civic-Minded Techies Gain Sway with Government in Mexico and Beyond

Theresa Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Theresa Bradley

That paradox echoes around the globe: While governments may spend heavily on high-tech intelligence and security programs, most are still struggling to update the unwieldy IT systems that run almost everything else.

How to use data analytics effectively in federal agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government, like private industry, is inundated with data demands and susceptible to the hype that big data will improve productivity and ...

What Washington's leaders have forgotten

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Elaine C. Kamarck is the founding director of the Brookings Institution's newly minted Center for Effective Public Management, which will focus on ide...

How to stay grounded as a federal leader

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Leadership expert Bob Rosen is the author of the new book "Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World." He is also the founder of Healthy...

Obamacare Is Not a Reason to Give Up on Government Programs

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The biggest myth of the Obamacare debate goes like this: The failures of Obamacare prove that the government can't be trusted to run our health care system.

Goldman Sachs 'Doing God's Work'

Jim Treacy | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Jim Treacy

I assume Segarra's suit isn't the publicity Blankfein was hoping for, and I wonder what's going on at the NY Fed. When I was at Monster Worldwide, I experienced first-hand Goldman Sachs "doing God's work."

Mentoring young fed workers

Tom Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Keeping young federal employees motivated and providing them with on-the-job guidance and professional development advice is always a good idea, but i...

The psychological toll on federal workers

Tom Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

James Campbell Quick is a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the University of Texas at Arlington. He specializes in addressing wo...

The Biggest Waste of All

Max Stier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Max Stier

Large numbers of employees have continued working as funding has lapsed, but without paychecks and under circumstances that make it hard to be fully productive.

How to play to others' intelligence

Tom Fox | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Liz Wiseman is an executive leadership adviser and author of the book "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter." Wiseman spoke about h...

15 Things to Know About the U.S. Debt Ceiling and Sovereign Defaults

Sophie Milrom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Sophie Milrom

The US debt ceiling is a legislative limit on the US Treasury's ability to borrow money. It was first created in 1917 and can be modified by Congress. As of this month's agreement, the debt ceiling has been raised 79 times since 1960.

Debt Limit Follies Need to Stop Now

James Melton | Posted 12.25.2013 | Detroit
James Melton

How long could the government realistically go on making the "hard choices" -- like deciding whether Social Security and Medicare recipients are a higher priority in a given month than, say, military equipment, food stamps or road funding? Nobody knows.

This Is NOT A Good Look For The IRS

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 700 employees of Internal Revenue Service contractors owe $5.4 million in back taxes, said a report Wednesday by the agency...

The best, the brightest, the youngest

Tom Fox | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

John Coleman is co-author of the book "Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders," which explores the big issues f...

Here's How The Government Will Reopen

AP | DAVID CRARY and JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — By the thousands, furloughed federal workers began returning to work across the country Thursday after 16 days ...

It's Time to Move Beyond the Clichés

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

These men and women deserve treatment now when they need it. It is available if the government and medical professions commit to smartly managing the risk and benefit of promising treatments.

What if America Ends With a Whimper?

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

As an American who's at least as provincial as I am liberal, I've found myself mischievously wondering of late: if the federal government shuts down and stays that way, so what?

Government Shutdown Harms the Public Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.