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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...

Amanda Terkel

Obama's Overlooked SOTU Promise To Reorganize The Gov't

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most overlooked but potentially significant proposals in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night wa...

Expertnet - public/private engagement for results

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Turns out, the folks in Washington have been increasingly working with the private sector to run things more effectively, providing better return for ...

California is Different and a 2011 Harbinger

Lenny Mendonca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lenny Mendonca

There has already been, and will be much more written in the wake of the 2010 mid-term elections. Behind the many plot lines that played out at the na...

On the Issues from Abortion to War & Peace

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

I want to put this somewhat intellectual blog posting into perspective. Below is a quote from Matt Taibbi's new book, Griftopia-Bubble Machines, Vamp...

Government Doesn't Suck Day

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, people in government get a lot of unfair crap headed their way; here's a way to undo some of that. GovLoop.com is a really good social network co...

GOP Rolls Out Preliminary Fall 2010 Agenda Topics

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans are using the August recess to test a governing agenda that they plan to release this fall, including the key provisions in a distri...

Give Them an Out

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The U.S. should draft a contract for every American who opposes "big government" and wishes to have their taxes slashed: those who sign will have to pay only a third of the tax rate; in exchange they will not be entitled to any government services.

New SAVE award: power to gov't employees to improve operations

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

The deal here is that the rank and file, the grassroots of any organization knows what's going on and how to make things work better. They need a way...

Generating "Radical" Ideas for Government Innovation -- A Starter List

Lenny Mendonca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Lenny Mendonca

Though the ambitious effort to reform California's broken system of government through a constitutional convention was stymied this year, the spirit of reform is alive and well in California and elsewhere.

Healthcare.gov: Real Info on New Healthcare Options

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

The new healthcare stuff sounds way more complicated than it is, but like with any kind of insurance, there's always a need for a little help.

The Transparency Caucus: big step toward fixing Washington

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

Turns out there's good news, a bipartisan group of Congressmen have committed to letting taxpayers know a lot more about what's going on in the Federa...

Stuff done better in Washington, or, the George Constanza of innovation

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Todd Park, CTO of Health and Human Services, and another nerd, talking about HHSinnovates. It's about listening to rank and file employees about how t...

HHSinnovates -- better customer service and savings from Washington

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

A lot of people in Washington and throughout the Federal gov't are figuring out how to provide much better return for the taxpayer dollar. That ...

Fixing Washington: more progress

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Well, we now got an administration that's serious about: delivering what taxpayers pay for, letting us know what's going on, listening to citizens and following up, and getting stuff done.

Fixing Washington: big stuff happening right now

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Hey, there's a lot to digest, but start by checking out Open Government Day brings new guidance from OMB. The deal is that we're getting a government ...

Fixing Washington: another small changes saves money, does stuff better

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Craig Newmark

Well, the folks at the White House really do figure we should get what we pay for, which includes a lot of small efforts to save money. Recently, the...

Get Some Tax Breaks Using the Recovery Act Tax Savings Tool

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Did you know there are more than a dozen tax cuts working families can take advantage of this tax season?

Fixing Washington: Asking the Right Questions to Buy Stuff

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

The General Services Administration buys a lot of stuff (products and services) for the country, and they're figuring out how to help us all get what we pay for.

Washington Is Listening to People, For Real

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Yes, it's like getting an elephant to tap dance, but harder. However, they're serious, and Washington is full of people who are passionately committed to this.

Fixing Washington Now: First Results From Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Veterans Affairs has a lot of rank-and-file people who know what's going on, and how to fix a lot of customer service processes.

You Can Help With Government Accountability

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

The idea is that if we see where the money goes, in Washington and elsewhere, we can start to see where the problems are.

Gov't is Listening to Citizens

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Some major developments in American democracy are happening, right now, not generally reported by the mainstream press. In particular, we have a federal government which is getting more and more open about the way it does business.

What's gone right in Washington

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Anil Dash, who's a lot smarter than me, blogs about stuff like the relative importance of the iPad versus the State of the Union address. Regarding th...

The Corporate Marionette

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

As the Supreme Court considers expanding corporate personhood, it is worthwhile remembering that corporate America was not handed down to us from above.