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Congress Hates Federal Employees So Much That Employees Who Volunteer for the Government During a Shutdown Can Go to Prison

Matt Kaiser | Posted 11.27.2013 | DC
Matt Kaiser

For a federal employee to check her work BlackBerry during a government shut down is a crime punishable by up to two years in a federal prison and a fine of $5,000.

Improving the opportunities for young leaders in government

Tom Fox | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Virginia Hill is president of Young Government Leaders, an organization that works to build a community of leadership for young public servants across...

Congress Won't Feel Effects of Government Shutdown

Brian Beltz | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Brian Beltz

While a yet-to-be-determined amount of federal workers are facing the potential reality of unpaid leave, Congress can continue to bicker and bluster knowing that the check is in the mail.

Kate Sheppard

Government Shutdown Would Keep EPA Employees Home, Administrator Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

Unless lawmakers reach a resolution to stop a government shutdown before next week, the Environmental Protection Agency will have to cut down to a ske...

Creating the right work atmosphere

Tom Fox | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Former astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan became the acting under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and the acting administrator of the Nati...

By Tom Fox, Published: August 22 at 7:30 amE-mail the writer 0 Comments More Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, overseeing an extensive research portfolio to prevent, diag

Tom Fox | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, overseeing an extensive research p...

Fixing the gaps and overlaps between federal agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

As federal leaders know all too well, collaboration among agencies on common missions is a rarity. The government is set up on a program-centric and a...

On leadership and nuclear power

Tom Fox | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Allison M. Macfarlane became chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) roughly a year ago, replacing former chairman Gregory Jaczko. Macfarl...

Rebuilding trust in government

Tom Fox | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

In May, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker launched the Volcker Alliance, in part to rebuild trust in government. Tom Fox spoke with long-ti...

Federal agencies not doing enough to build next generation of leaders

Tom Fox | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Every successful team has a solid bench. In the sporting world, the Washington Redskins were able to withstand Robert Griffin III's injuries because t...

Only 4 out of 10 federal employees believe they're rewarded for good work

Tom Fox | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

The stars of Major League Baseball - including our very own Bryce Harper and Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals - join the mid-season All-S...

Physician, Heal Thyself -- Where's the 'Affordable Government Act'?

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Think of the power of paying each taxpayer back -- rebating the Treasury -- when the government isn't efficient enough and spends more than 20 percent maximum on administrative costs.

Great leadership books for your summer reading list

Tom Fox | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

As summer approaches, there are a number of good books you may want to consider that will not necessarily make the top 10 lists but that will provide ...

Tips for hiring STEMM talent into government

Tom Fox | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government's demand for talent in the science, technology, engineering, mathematical and medical (STEMM) fields is growing, but is often i...

Working to improve nutrition in schools

Tom Fox | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

First lady Michelle Obama visited the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) earlier this month and praised the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the 2010...

Why we serve

Tom Fox | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Federal employees have different reasons for choosing a career in public service. Some have been influenced by personal experiences or external events...

Ideas for Public Service Recognition Week

Tom Fox | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

This week has been designated by Congress as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), a time to honor the men and women who work in government each and...

Recruiting STEM talent into government

Tom Fox | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

There has been much talk lately of President Obama's efforts to enhance education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, r...

Readers talk about poor performers in government

Tom Fox | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Tom Fox is a guest writer for On Leadership and vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. He also ...

Decision making in the federal government

Tom Fox | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

According to the latest Best Places to Work in the Federal Government data, effective leadership is one of the keys to employee satisfaction and commi...

Dealing with poor performers in government

Tom Fox | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Tom Fox is a guest writer for On Leadership and vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. He also ...

Pushing past mediocrity in the federal workplace

Tom Fox | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Given the current uncertain fiscal environment, many federal employees are feeling frustrated and helpless in the workplace. Tom Fox spoke with organi...

Improving federal workers' view of their leaders

Tom Fox | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

This year's NCAA tournament once again demonstrated that leadership has a considerable impact on a team's performance and is key to motivating and ins...

Rolling out the Affordable Care Act in the field

Tom Fox | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

As the new features of the Affordable Care Act roll out between now and 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are developing new pr...

Former press secretary Mike McCurry on how to be a good communicator

Tom Fox | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

In this highly charged political era, characterized by instant communication and frequent miscommunication, the need for federal leaders to be clear a...