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Getting Bids: Yes or No?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.19.2014 | Money
William B. Bradshaw

We frequently hear about the need for governments -- local, county, state and federal -- to get competing bids, and too often we learn after the fact that contracts were let without getting bids. But many people ask, "Does getting competing bids really make any difference?"

Find Out What You're Buying

Ralph Nader | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The federal government is one of the world's biggest consumers. These hundreds of billions of dollars in purchases and investments are a driving force of the American economy -- procurement creates jobs, promotes innovation and even has socially beneficial effects. It also is often associated with outsourcing waste and fraud and crony capitalism.

How Do We Build a 21st Century Government? Start With Reflecting Our Communities

Nicole Neditch | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Nicole Neditch

Our program -- and the future of our communities -- is stronger when a range of people contribute their skills and unique perspective to solving such fundamentally important problems.

I Pledge Allegiance to Greed

Kelsey Minor | Posted 07.09.2014 | Money
Kelsey Minor

Imagine sitting on a plane either at the gate or on the runway for five hours. Well it happened to me over the holiday weekend. Not once did a fligh...

Pirates, the Printing Press and Global Democracy

Don Kraus | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Don Kraus

Just as Gutenberg did not anticipate his press would promote literacy, mass media, and eventually enable the rise of Twitter, today's technological developments have immeasurable possibilities.

#sorrynotsorry: How the CIA Could Think More Strategically About Their Twitter Content

Mark Drapeau | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Mark Drapeau

This isn't a challenge confined to spy organizations or governments, but rather one for any high-profile organization wading taking social media seriously for the first time.

Men Who 'Leaned On' So That Women Might 'Lean In'

Laura Wellington | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Laura Wellington

It is very important that the growth we, women, are experiencing serves as a vital reminder of the intelligence and muscle that was put forth on our behalf by men who, ultimately, opened the first doors to us and continue to do so.

More Reasons Not to Drink and Drive

Saul Segan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime
Saul Segan

The laws continue to increase in severity. Mandatory sentencing for DUI is far more widespread than the old days. Now, something has been added to the mix. The ignition interlock.

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald's comment that she is "like a neocon, practically."

The Case to Stop Campaigning and Start Governing

Mack McLarty | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

With midterm elections four months away, there are signs that a bitterly polarized electorate will again deliver a government incapable of working together. This is our era's sad twist on the maxim "all politics is local." You can win local elections at the extremes. But you can't govern from there.

Advocating a Change in Farm Policy

Marc Barnett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Marc Barnett

Essentially, U.S. farm subsidies are encouraging obesity among citizens, particularly poor citizens. Obviously this sounds very strong, and quite possibly may seem overstated, but it's not.

One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

This week's unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming a robust Fourth Amendment protection for cellphone data is an enormously important victory for privacy rights in the digital age.

NBA Star's Simple Explanation For What's Wrong With Washington

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Steve Nash thinks about much more than pick-and-rolls, backdoor cuts and passing lanes in his everyday life. When it comes to politics, however, he wo...

Where's Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

From Egypt, it was off to Baghdad for John Kerry to see whether Iraq's bold effort in democratic nation building could be resuscitated in the face of imminent collapse. The problem there is that Kerry will have trouble locating a military strongman to back.

The Second Summer After Sandy: Incompetent, Mismanaged Reconstruction

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

I know this is the era of limited government and no new taxes, but we need to acknowledge the need to do better on post-disaster reconstruction. We need a new tax and a more effective government-managed response.

Karachi Airport Attack Plummets the State Further Into Embroilment

Mariam Khan | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

At that moment, little did I know that in my part of the world too, history was being written. Local news channels were blaring with "breaking news" tickers. No, this time around news did not deal with the money laundering case.

Are You Creating Poverty?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

Last week, a remote acquaintance of mine said, "I would have read your book by now, but I keep waiting for you to give me an autographed copy." This w...

Advice for Women Candidates: Know Your Advantages

Barbara Lee | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Why is women's political equality important? With more women at the table, we have more robust, inclusive dialogue about issues that matter not only to women but to families and all Americans.

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush's Horrifying Legacy

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush's enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense. This was, and will always be, viewed properly as Bush's quagmire, a murderous killing field based on blatant lies.

White House and FCC CIOs: Think Like A Startup

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.17.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

"Renewing an organization from the inside takes 'intrapreneurs'. - Dr. David Bray I had the extraordinary privilege to conduct a live and in person...

Civic Engagement: Why Millennials Have Outpaced Seniors

Tom Spengler | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Tom Spengler

Gen Y has already started paving the way for civic engagement in a way we've never experienced before. The Millennials Civic Health Index found that not only does this generation vote in large numbers, but their volunteering and community service rates are much higher than those in the 1970s and '80s.

How Government Can (Finally) Start Paying for Success

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

Government doesn't always work as well as it should, but there are solutions. Today, government pays for programs regardless of whether they work, and bears all of the risk of that investment.

Can We Kick out Corruption From the World Cup and Beyond?

Blair Glencorse | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

Co-authored with Seren Fryatt, Executive Director of L.A.C.E.S Excitement for the Word Cup in Brazil is building, but the tournament has got off t...

Should I Give Money to the Homeless?

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

Choosing to give or not to give comes down to our own beliefs as well as many momentary factors. Here are the ways I believe you can do the most good.

9 Reasons Why Government Doesn't Work

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

State, county and municipal governments are mainly in the business of buying services for their constituents, paying providers to tackle a broad spectrum of social problems. But these governments face significant barriers to reducing costs and delivering high-quality services.