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


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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The Government's Landlord Needs to Explain How It Will Resolve Trump's Hotel Lease

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:23:02 -0500

Senate Democrats join House lawmakers in asking GSA to address conflicts of interest over Old Post Office lease.Then candidate Donald Trump took time out of his presidential campaign for the Oct. 26 grand opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

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Obama Awards Presidential Medals of Freedom

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:45:49 -0500

Innovators of sport, technology and the arts received the highest civilian honor Tuesday.Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer Diana Ross Tuesday.

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FEC Flags More Than 1,000 Possible Errors in Trump Campaign Filings

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:33:03 -0500

The Federal Election Commission says donors weren’t properly registered and may have exceeded legal limits on donations.President-elect Donald Trump at a campaign rally in September in California.

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Federal Employees, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:13:47 -0500

Showing the leaders of the new administration what they can do--and what they can’t--is more important than ever.

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The Trump Transition Goes Digital

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:00:39 -0500

It’s official: Donald Trump now has a .gov website.

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Ex-Rep. Mike Rogers Spotted Touring Trump Transition HQ

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 12:06:11 -0500

Former House Intel chairman now radio host has been expected for months to play a role.Former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

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Video: President Obama Reads Mean Tweets on Kimmel, Again

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:32:15 -0400

Twitter users made fun of the 44th president's jeans, his fitness routine and negotiating skills.

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Trump Takes a Page from Bill Clinton on Making Feds More Ethical

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:20:27 -0400

GOP nominee's plan would revive five-year Clinton-era ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government after they leave service.Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump campaigns in Colorado.

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Consumer Bureau Rebuffs Critics Who Deny It Broke Wells Fargo Scandal

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:54:19 -0400

Debate continues as bank execs see their hefty earnings clawed back.Pedestrians walk past a Wells Fargo branch in Manhattan in 2013.

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Hillary Clinton Sits for an Awkward 'Between Two Ferns' Interview

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:53 -0400

Clinton tries to court millennial voters by sitting down with Zach Galifianakis.

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Trump Takes Aim at 'Food Police,' Excessive Government Regulation

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:17:07 -0400

The White House hopeful said Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration is guilty of "inspection overkill."Trump speaks in Phoenix in August.

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9/11 Documentary Recalls How Pentagon Employees Stayed On The Job During Disaster

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:50:19 -0400

Military personnel and federal civilians sent a powerful message to the world by keeping the Defense Department open for business during America’s deadliest terrorist attack.Military and fire personnel unfurl a flag on the roof of the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001.

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Trump Revives Familiar Plan to Cut Federal Workforce

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:35:33 -0400

Downsizing the civil service would pay for surge in military spending.Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks about national security on Wednesday.

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