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Public Servants

Go On, Thank a Federal Worker

Tom Fox | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

This year's theme for Public Service Recognition Week is "Proud to Serve," a fitting reminder that federal employees are highly motivated and dedicate...

An Unseen cost of Sequester: Closing Public Service

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Leslie Gerwin

As more of our best and brightest are lured into the private sector, many into lucrative but socially unproductive jobs, we reduce the prestige and desirability of government service. This could have devastating effects for the future.

Federal Employee Paid For Sex Injury

smh.com.au | Posted 02.15.2013 | Business

A PUBLIC servant who was injured while having sex during a work trip has won compensation after a five-year legal battle....

Convincing a Cynical Workforce That Change Is Necessary

Tom Fox | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

To some public servants, the call to do even more with even less may sound all too familiar. It's especially difficult if your employees see it as a call to work even harder to achieve the same results with fewer resources.

Give Me Back My Money, I'll Make Something Happen

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

You can argue tax policy until you're blue in the face, as well as income inequality. But the first steps in the development of a government besides finding an even-handed way it can govern fairly, is to govern itself without greed, corruption and selfishness.

Scott Brown Makes Dubious Claim

Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics

Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) has advocated for large financial institutions in the past, but he stuck up for an interesting new segment of the 1 perce...

Washington Capitals and Leadership: The Puck Stops Here

Tom Fox | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Sadly, I cannot watch sports or any other group activity without seeing the leadership lessons worth applying to the federal workplace.

Time, Well-Being and the Political Moment

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.12.2011 | Technology
Paul Stoller

In America, the land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, there seems to be a limited pool of well-being. We are wired-in, but existentially alone; we are electronically connected in social networks, but isolated from social groups.

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...

Government Doesn't Suck

Steve Ressler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

GovLoop is organizing a pre-Rally to Restore Sanity rally to put a face on governmental bureaucracy, to show the country that we're capable of a laugh.

Support Your Local Federal Worker

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive to AOL News. As attacks from makeshift roadside bombs wreaked havoc in Iraq and later in Afghanistan, T...

The Thoughtless Job Freeze in the GOP's 'Pledge To America'

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

Reasonable though it may sound -- why shouldn't government tighten its belt like the rest of us? -- the GOP plan would handcuff our government's ability to effectively fulfill important functions.

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.

Federal Workers Play Key Roles for the Nation

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

We need to reconnect Americans to their government. People need to better understand that public servants are their friends and neighbors who are helping address our collective challenges here and abroad.

Federal Workers, Resource Not a Target

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

To be certain, the federal government has its faults and there is room for improvement, but facts matter. Here are five pervasive myths about federal workers.

An Invitation to Redemption for Joe Wilson and Van Jones

Patty Limerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Patty Limerick

The American people have an unfortunate habit of taking valuable public servants who have made stupid public statements and forming an instant bucket-brigade to deliver those public servants to the trash heap of history.

Politicians, Public Servants, and Statesmen

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

By an act against self-interest, or by voluntary retirement from office, or by simply taking the long-term national interest into account, an elected official may suddenly become a public servant.

E-Book Salutes Public Servants

Ari Herzog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Herzog

The I Am Public Service project provides first-hand stories from federal employees who otherwise receive little recognition.

The Next FEMA

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive commentary for Washington Monthly. Barack Obama must begin rebuilding federal agencies fast--or risk se...