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When Government Flexes Its Employer Muscle

David Sandman | Posted 03.10.2017 | New York
David Sandman

Private employers all across the country are experimenting with ways to improve their employees' health and achieve more value for their health care dollars.

Federal Employees Earn 50% More Than The Private Workforce

MoneyTips | Posted 12.21.2016 | Business

MoneyTips "It's good enough for government work." This old phrase regarding the quality of work can now be turned around to say, "Government work i...

The Public Sector and the Market Model -- A Risk to Trust and Citizenship

Terry Newell | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Government is based, ultimately, on fostering relationships of trust aimed at joint efforts to create social good. Dan Ariely's reminder is thus worth keeping in mind. Yet we may be overly focused on seeing the connections within government and between government and citizens in market terms.

Miracles and Cures

Liz Neumark | Posted 08.06.2014 | New York
Liz Neumark

It is a graduation of sorts, when a three-year commitment comes to an end and it is time to let others participate in the work and the reward. This we...

The Government Apocalypse: Life Without Public Servants

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Since 1985, the first week of every May has been designated as a time set aside to honor the women and men who serve our nation as government employees at the federal, state, county and local levels.

Pension Theft: Class War Goes to the Next Stage

Dean Baker | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

In the past two days we've seen a federal judge rule that Detroit can go bankrupt, putting its workers' pensions in jeopardy, and we have seen Illinois' legislature vote for substantial cuts in its retirees' pensions. Undoubtedly these two actions are just the tip of the iceberg.

An Invoice for Senator Cruz

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
Gilbert B. Kaplan

To Senator Ted Cruz, For Reimbursement to the American People for Money Wrongfully Taken Out of their Hands: $24 Billion, Payable to the U.S. Treasury, as their Trustee, over such period of time as is required to make this debt good.

Bloated Federal Workforce? Not So Much.

Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

The federal government employs 600,000 fewer workers today than the average for the past 50 years. In 2011 4.36 million worked for all branches of the...

How to Get More Great Leaders Into Government

Tom Fox | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Geoff Smart is the chairman and CEO of ghSMART, a leadership firm for CEOs and investors. He is the author of leadership books and a social entrepreneur who sees his mission as creating, communicating and putting into practice useful ideas about leadership.

Idling Government Employees Need to Wake Up

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

With the economy so bad now, these blatant public displays of waste and excess in taxpayer-subsidized vehicles highlight a careless disregard for public funds and how they are spent.

Before They Were Famous: Celebrities Who Were Once Federal Workers

Joseph A. Beaudoin | Posted 05.04.2012 | Celebrity
Joseph A. Beaudoin

Even though you don't hear about their work every day, that's not to say you've never heard of some of America's federal employees! Who are these famous former feds?

Official In Bankrupt County: State Is 'Kicking The Can'

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 2 (Reuters) - Alabama's bankrupt Jefferson County is laying off more government workers as prosp...

Recovery No Help For Many Laid-Off Government Employees

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business

By Lisa Lambert April 8 (Reuters) - Since 2009, the city of Chesapeake, tucked up against the Great Dismal Swamp in southern Virginia,...

One City's 'Last And Best Chance To Avoid A Bankruptcy'

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business

(Adds comments) By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Stockton, California's city council approved a plan l...

Why Are We Letting Local Governments Go Broke?

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Steven Cohen

We've experienced a three-decade long attack on government. While this may have had the effect of constraining unchecked power, it has also started to destroy critical government capacities. This has been especially true at the local level.

WATCH: Mitt Romney Calls Federal Workers 'Servants,' Complains About Wages

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney isn't getting his facts straight. Speaking to workers at a steel fabrication plant on Monday, Romney, clad in his class-crossing plaid ...

Federal Employees Paid Less Than Private Sector

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business

Federal workers make more than a quarter less than private sector employees doing similar jobs, according to a recent study. Federal employees mak...

The District of Cognitive Dissonance

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Despite a dire economic situation with enormous odds stacked against us, our government is seriously dumbing-down its own financial prowess, as evidenced by the recent minimum qualification standards set by the Office of Personnel Management.

Study Finds Gov. Workers Cheaper Than Contractors, As Politicians Tout Cutting Their Ranks

Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

The federal government could save billions of dollars by doing more work in-house instead of outsourcing to private contractors, a new study shows. ...

Biggest Debt Deal Losers: Public Servants and the American People

Steve Ressler | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

In an already struggling economy, government employees are going to have to serve more people with fewer and fewer resources. Can public servants find a silver lining by using budget cuts to streamline the government operations?

Are Government Employees Giving 100 Percent?

Steve Ressler | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

Someone who likes their job 75 percent of the time is probably doing vastly better than average, so here are a five ways we can keep public sector employees -- and, really, anyone in the workforce -- interested, happy and productive.

The Government Shutdown: We're All In This Together

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

Thousands of Americans are hanging in the balance -- from federal employees who won't get paid to people across the country who will lose their jobs as we plunge back into recession.

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.

Targeting Unions: The Table Scraps War

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The regular people of Toilerville worked hard, but it was difficult to stay ahead even in the best of times. Which is why the regular people of Toilerville were so grateful for the gristle.

Elise Foley

Eric Cantor Dismisses Report That GOP Plan Would Cause Job Loss | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two weeks after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dismissed a question about the possibility of the lower chamber's spending bill kill...