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Rep. Jim Moran on Leadership and Scapegoats

Tom Fox | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has served in Congress for almost 24 years and is well-known for his efforts on behalf of federal employees and military retire...

The VA Scandal Flags Much Bigger Problems in Civil Service

Max Stier | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Max Stier

Congress has both an opportunity and an imperative to plan for the future federal workforce, but to do it properly, it must revamp the system that supports it.

Here's how to reform civil service in America

Tom Fox | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Linda Bilmes is a professor at the John. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an author and an expert on civil service issues. She s...

What It Would Take To Get More Young People Serving

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact

What does it mean to serve your country? That was the question at the heart of a HuffPost Live segment about civic responsibility that addressed Presi...

Howard's Daily: Attracting Good People to Government

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Let's agree on this: Getting able people into government should be a core goal. They should be honored, and treated fairly, and paid reasonably. Public service should be a noble career. But how do we achieve that?

Solution: Service

Christopher Yao | Posted 07.06.2013 | Teen
Christopher Yao

Let all these tragedies not be times to mourn, but times to reflect on ourselves. Starting with this youth generation, we need to build a strong generation from the ground up through service.

John Celock

Christie Plan Slammed As Discriminatory

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

A proposal from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration to overhaul the state's civil service structure is being criticized by a prominent...

Proposal Could Deliver Extreme Civil Service Makeover

Colin Curtis | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Colin Curtis

HB 2384, a bill pending in the Kansas state legislature relating to civil service classification for public employees, advances a misguided solution i...

State Bill Looks To Replicate Brewer Plan

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

Republican lawmakers in Kansas are finalizing "phase one" in a plan to eliminate the state's civil service protections. The state House Appropriat...

MLK's Friend Says 'Get Busy!' (On Your Dreams, That Is)

Roadtrip Nation | Posted 03.23.2013 | Black Voices
Roadtrip Nation

The question is: if you resolutely pledged yourself to your dreams, what could you accomplish? Whether you dream of solving world hunger, saving the environment, or you've just always wanted to draw video game characters, the point is that no dream is too big or silly to chase.

Diminishing Black Wealth

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 01.30.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Not only has Black wealth diminished, but so too has the existence of much of this nation's Black middle class itself. Black, White or Brown -- that is a startling reality that should have all of us deeply concerned.

Ex-Trader Admits To Threatening To Kill Financial Regulators

Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Jennifer Golson) - A former commodities trader pleaded guilty on Monday to threatening to kill more than 40 financial regulators, includ...

The Bin Laden Effect: In Praise of Our Government

Peter Block | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Peter Block

By Peter Block The death of Osama bin Laden completes a painful chapter in our history. The reaction of many is celebration. Some will use this occas...

The Handbook for Ministers: Leadership Advice for Elected Officals

Darrin Burgess | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Darrin Burgess

Nearly 60 percent of Britain dislikes David Prime Minister Cameron's coalition government. Luckily for the nation, a practical solution emerged in the form of an idiot's guide written by Rod Clark.

In a Stupid and Cynically Symbolic Move, Obama Freezes Pay for Federal Employees

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Freezing the pay of government employees is like cutting federal funding for public broadcasting: Big headlines, minimal actual impact on the budget.

Don't Cut Civil Workforce

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

As history shows, any small, short-term budgetary gains from work force cutbacks are likely to be offset by serious regulatory missteps, more after-the-fact finger-pointing and a continuation of the cycle of failure and mistrust.

Ready to Serve

Ellen Schall | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ellen Schall

We need to make it possible for outstanding students, regardless of background or wealth, to aspire to federal service. The Roosevelt Scholars Program would be a powerful start.

Freeze on Federal Jobs Won't Reduce Spending

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Stier

Civil servants are always an easy punching bag for politicians, but Scott Brown is incorrect about civil service salaries and his call for a hiring and pay freeze is shortsighted.

Bloomberg, Daley Announce City Volunteerism Grants

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

CHICAGO — There's a new effort to increase volunteerism in cities nationwide. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Dal...

Turning around the Federal battleship

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

You've heard how government rank and file workers are working together, throughout the US and with citizens, to provide increasingly better public se...

Know How China Got So Rich? They Cheated

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Danny Groner

How exactly China surpassed all of its powerful competition? Easy. They cheat. And they get caught a lot.

Here Comes Gov 2.0 -- and a New Generation of Federal Workers

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

This is Gov 2.0. Not what you're expecting from federal civil servants, who have been seriously empowered to do their job, and told their jobs really matter -- something they haven't heard for years.

The "Yes We Can" Multiplier

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

There are probably few groups as savagely maligned as career public servants, but they are the folks - the only folks -- who know how to turn good policy into good programs that actually work.

Why Bush's Burrowing Appointees Are Bad, Despite What Slate Says

Joshuah Bearman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joshuah Bearman

Slate's theory of patronage is overwhelmed by its own example. You can't make a case against the crusty civil service and not worry about the layer of crust Bush is leaving behind.

It Ain't Over Mukasey

Paul C. Light | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul C. Light

Mukasey declared the Justice Department hiring scandal closed yesterday. There was no criminal harm, he told the American Bar Association, therefore no foul. He is absolutely wrong.