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Government Executive Editor in Chief Tom Shoop, along with other editors and staff correspondents, look at the federal bureaucracy from the outside in.

Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:02:32 -0400


EPA’s Revised Agenda

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:02:32 -0400

Scott Pruitt says he wants to restore the Environmental Protection Agency to it’s “core mission,” but the founding documents suggest otherwise.EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt holds up a hardhat he was given during a visit to Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company's Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pa.

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It’s April Madness at the IRS

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:42:01 -0400

Numbers tell the story at the height of tax season.

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Stephen Colbert: Agencies Should Stop Thinking of Americans As 'Customers'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:21:59 -0400

The late-night host devoted a segment to Jared Kushner's new role in the federal government.

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Are 'Obama Loyalist Bureaucrats' in the Crosshairs?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:07:37 -0400

Conservative media outlets target officials—some of them career executives—who they say Trump should remove from their jobs.

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TSA Ready for Its Closeup in the Hit Movie 'Get Out'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:08:57 -0400

Verdict on the agency in the hit horror/comedy production is mixed.Director/Writer Jordan Peele and Elvis Mitchell attend a "Get Out" special screening question and answer session in February.

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Trump Plans to Hire a Team of Lawyers to Secure Land for Border Wall

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:38:51 -0400

The president appears to be doubling down on a tactic he used in the construction business: eminent domain.In this Nov. 13, 2016, photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent passes along a section of border wall in Hidalgo, Texas.

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Run (or Walk) To Help Out Feds in Need

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:43:23 -0500

Participate in a 5K in May to support public servants.

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House Oversight Leaders to Trump: Stop Deleting Tweets

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:36:15 -0500

Chaffetz, Cummings say president and staff may be violating records retention laws.Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., (left) and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said they might pursue updates to the laws in the future.

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A Pioneering Woman in Government, By Any Analytical Measure

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:44:47 -0500

Dorothy Rice played a key role in everything from the creation of Medicare to the tobacco industry settlement.Dorothy Rice at the University of California-San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging 30th anniversary celebration in November 2015.

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The Interior Secretary Went to Work on Horseback. Here’s How Other Cabinet Secretaries Should Commute

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:14:59 -0500

Some unsolicited advice on appropriate travel options.Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Park Police officers.

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Why Trump Has Made So Few Appointments

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:51:37 -0500

He’s always relied on a close circle of advisers.President Trump addresses employees of the Homeland Security Department on Jan. 25.

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Is President Trump Getting a Federal Paycheck?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:17:36 -0500

He’s pledged not to take more than $1 a year.

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A Pep Talk for Federal Employees from NIH’s Collins

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:26:28 -0500

Civil servants are “an amazing group of dedicated, talented and hard-working people who are often unappreciated,” he says.NIH Director Francis Collins

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Mattis Takes on the Pentagon Bureaucracy

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:28:35 -0500

The secretary of Defense wants to reform the sprawling department’s business functions and reorganize key executive offices.

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Some Surprising Facts on the 'Swamp' and the Hiring Freeze

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:36:22 -0500

Brookings scholar’s numbers show a federal workforce smaller than rhetoric suggests.

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DHS Won’t Confirm Trump’s Assertion That U.S.-Mexico Wall Design Is Underway

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:10:56 -0500

A spokesman says the department has no information to share.A truck drives near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, in January.

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Congressman: Career Feds ‘Soak Off the Lifeblood of the American People’

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:54:26 -0500

Georgia Republican says Trump administration has backed his plan to ease federal firing.Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., is sworn in. Loudermilk has introduced a bill aimed at easing the firing of feds.

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Trump Orders Halt to ‘Catch and Release,’ But There’s a Catch

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:36:32 -0500

Ending the practice of releasing illegal border crossers before they can be deported is easier said than done.Suspected illegal immigrants are transferred out of the holding area after being processed at the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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‘Patriots Day’ Shines a Spotlight on Federal-State-Local Law Enforcement Radio Woes

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:37:11 -0500

The Boston Marathon bombing response is revisited in a new movie.

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Should DHS Move to Des Moines?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:19:15 -0500

One prominent lawmaker thinks so. We have our doubts, but what about other agencies?The Des Moines skyline.

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Lawmaker: New Congress Is 'A Moment to Reimagine the Federal Government'

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:54:27 -0500

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., uses a new twist on the "Washington Monument" strategy.

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Remembering Veterans on Pearl Harbor Day

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:05:21 -0500

When we reflexively put veterans on a pedestal or declare them victims, we do them—and ourselves—a great disservice.Greg Murphy plays the Navy Hymn during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on board The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial in Camden, Dec. 7.

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A Gingrich Commission to Reorganize Government?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:01:13 -0500

A modest proposal for a new role for the former House speaker.

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What Should Trump Seek in a Budget Director?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:55:33 -0500

A good relationship with the president is key, former budget directors say.Leon Panetta, former budget director under President Clinton, said: “It helps if it’s one son-of-a-bitch, who knows the numbers and the budget and the implications.” 

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