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We Need to Promote Public Service in Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

A sophisticated, competent government would be a real asset as we face the challenges presented by globalization and the need for environmental sustainability. Too bad we don't have one.

It's Time to Fix the Gender Wage Gap

Marilyn Nagel | Posted 04.09.2014 | Women
Marilyn Nagel

Our goal at Watermark is to help women make their mark in their companies, careers and communities through connection, development and advocacy. Today...

Mayors: We Need to Talk About Procurement

Code for America | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Code for America

Procurement policies were written decades ago when technology looked vastly different than it does today. Procurement policies were drafted around the purchase of buses and street signs, not databases and websites.

The CEO as a Public Official

Terry Newell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Terry Newell

Barra may be an example of what we will increasingly see -- and expect. In the world of social media, the World Wide Web, and a 24/7 news cycle, private sector leaders can neither isolate their companies nor control the expectations that govern how they need to behave.

Don't Want to Die? Support a 1 Percent Jethro Knights Life Extension Tax

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Most people don't read scientific journals, but if they did they'd know the transhumanist field of life extension is repeatedly making major scientifi...

Data-Driven Journalism And Open Government

Vala Afshar | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The collection and strategic use of data is important to every industry and sector, but when it comes to government is all of this data a double-edged...

OOPS: Goverment Lost Contract Files Worth Billions

AP | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation has found that the State Department has incomplete files or is missing files for more than $6 billion i...

Five Reasons We Support the Antiquities Act (And You Should Too)

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Denise Ryan, Director of Public Lands Policy, Government Relations and Policy View from the Effigy Mounds National Monument, north of Mar...

How to compete with the private sector for young workers

Tom Fox | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Employees younger than 30 represent just 8.5 percent of all federal workers, compared with 23.2 percent of the total U.S. workforce. That's a sign tha...

The next generation of government problem solvers

Tom Fox | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Henry Brady is the dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a keen observer of government and politi...

GED Overhaul Diminishing Hope

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

As the only high school diploma equivalency tests accepted by all 50 states, changes to GED has a huge impact on the millions of people who hope to earn credentials equivalent to a high school diploma. This is particularly onerous on the poor.

The Classics and Their Relevance Today

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

"What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books." -- Sigmund Freud History is ...

The Promise of Redistribution

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The ancient promise of a just society is a command that should ache in our hearts as we gaze upon the effects of our own political indifference. Turning away is the very worst kind of redistribution: a callous misallocation of the human capacity to do the right thing.

The Edmund Muskie Brand of Leadership

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Joel K. Goldstein

Muskie, as a legislator and national figure, practiced a brand of political leadership that coupled a unique level of skill with a genuine commitment to a politics of democratic process.

Yes, ICANN

Mark Weinstein | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

What we must have is a clear, enforceable, protected solution whereby ICANN does not fall under the influence of the colors of any country's flag or political leader.

Looping Government Into the Innovation Economy: Five Rules for Getting San Jose Back on Track

Sam Liccardo | Posted 03.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sam Liccardo

Our economy is innovating faster than ever. So why not government? Here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, we understand innovation. The technological innovations created in our region have increased productivity and improved the quality of life of people around the world.

Iranians Ignore Government Limits on Holiday

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Mehrnaz Samimi

Chaharshanbeh-Souri is an ancient tradition celebrating the past year and looking forward to the next. Iranians gather around lit bushes on this Tuesday evening, jumping over the fire in preparation to welcome the new Persian year, the first day of spring.

Are We Heading for a Jesus Singularity?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

If AGI will be here in 20 years or so, and most of those people currently in charge of the U.S. government subscribe to Christianity and believe in Jesus, what are atheist transhumanists to do?

The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

David K. Rehr | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Republicans have an incentive to embrace transparency because it will lead to more efficient government and they will have something "new" to campaign on. Frankly, just talking about balanced budgets and tax cuts do not have the same voter impact they have had in the 1980s.

Lessons From 25 Tears at the Treasury Department

Tom Fox | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

David A. Lebryk has held numerous positions at the Department of the Treasury since 1989. In 2012, he was named the first commissioner of the Bureau o...

Making telework more widespread in government

Tom Fox | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Telework is slowly gaining a foothold in the federal government, but changing the attitudes of managers and supervisors who want to see their employee...

Capping Public Service Loan Forgiveness at $57.5K Defeats Its Purpose

Tim Lowden | Posted 03.13.2014 | Education
Tim Lowden

If this proposal passes as is, I fear the benefits of education will not outweigh the burden of debt for most Americans. Education is a key component to the economic success of a country, but in America, it is becoming a more of a financial hindrance than a career gain.

What Exactly Is 'The Fed' Reserving?

Bob Swarup | Posted 03.13.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

The Fed is both the savior and the bogeyman of tomorrow. Yet amidst all the rhetoric and dogma, there are many questions about how The Fed operates. Here are five things to think about regarding the Federal Reserve.

New Governments Now: Distributed Digital Democracy

Cadell Last | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Cadell Last

A new governance system is possible. No politician is going to save us. We have to save ourselves. We can do that with a governance system based on complex systems science and collective intelligence theory. It will take a great deal of hard work, but it is possible.

Better Food Labels: Have We Hit the Nail on the Head?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Improving food labels, as planned by the USFDA and much in the news over the past week or so, is a welcome thing. But I do think we have cause to wonder if all the fanfare and media hype are really warranted. When all is said and done, what improvements are in the works, and how much will they really matter?