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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.

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Poll: The 'Deep State' Scares the Heck Out of Most Americans

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:49:02 -0400

Only 13% were actually familiar with the term, though.A swamp?

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Colbert Heads to D.C. to Fill Out Trump's Government

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 15:04:28 -0400

In a comedy bit, the comedian asks Max Stier about the vacancies and interviews regular Washingtonians for top-level positions.

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Seven Things Agencies Could Buy With Trump’s Donation to Treasury

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:12:23 -0500

The Trump Organization reportedly donated $151,000 to cover hotel profits from foreign visitors in a nod to ethics concerns.

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Former Cabinet Secretaries Decry Lack of Leadership

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:02:01 -0500

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell say political dysfunction is harming the country.Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the National Press Club in 2012.

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Short-Lived Shutdown Sparks Confusion Across Federal Agencies

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:54:04 -0500

Many employees had to initiate an "orderly shutdown" despite a spending bill already clearing Congress.

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How Come FBI’s McCabe Gets to Take Leave Before Retiring?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:10:13 -0500

Ordinarily, that’s a no-no for civilian federal employees.Andrew McCabe

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Critics Decry 'Propaganda' Posters in EPA Offices

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:13:26 -0500

Agency lists rolling back Obama-era efforts and helping businesses among its 2017 accomplishments.

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CDC To Brief the Public on Responding to a Nuclear Attack

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:45:45 -0500

The health agency said that such an event is unlikely, but “planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illnesses.”

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Homeland Security Brings Explosive Detection Training to D.C.-Area Police Dogs

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:32:16 -0500

Program is critical in the fight against terrorism because state and local police are the first responders to any potential threat, official notes.A dog from the Arlington, Va., Police Department participates in odor recognition trials Wednesday.

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Public Service Reformers to Unions: Get On Board

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:30:15 -0500

Unions do plenty of good for their members, but too often they act as impediments to needed reform, experts say.At an event honoring former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, above, speakers urged federal unions to support efforts to hold employees accountable.

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Trump Continues to Insist He’ll Never Fill Some Top Government Jobs

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:29:44 -0400

“I’m the only one that matters” when it comes to policy decisions, president says.President Trump meets with his Cabinet in September 2017.

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Trump to Cabinet: I’m Cutting Your Budgets, But Expect ‘Lots of Heart’

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:49:42 -0400

All departments must fight for spending reductions, president says.President Trump speaks at a Cabinet meeting Monday.

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Report: Feds Are Getting Older and the Government Can't Hire Young People

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:20:27 -0400

An exhaustive study of the public service workforce shows the age is shifting significantly older.

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Hillary Clinton to Feds: ‘Stick It Out’ Under Trump and the Tide Will Turn

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:52:18 -0400

Former presidential nominee says federal employees could face friendlier climate after 2018 election.Former Democratic presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sits on stage at the Warner Theatre in Washington during a stop on a tour for her latest book, "What Happened."

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Best-Selling Author Takes on Trump’s Rocky Transition

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:10:45 -0400

Michael Lewis’s next project will look at the change in administrations.Celebrity author Michael Lewis has already written about a lack of experience among Energy Department appointees.

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Did Ben Carson Violate a Federal Law at Trump’s Campaign Rally?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:14:51 -0400

The HUD secretary was introduced with his official title, which could run afoul of the Hatch Act.Ben Carson speaks at a rally for President Trump in Arizona Tuesday.

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Cabinet Leaders Distance Themselves From Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:06:41 -0400

The president may believe there are “two sides to a story,” but many in his cabinet are focused on one.VA Secretary David Shulkin says it is a disservice to veterans to not condemn neo Nazi groups.

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A Whistleblower’s Guide for the Trump Era

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:30:37 -0400

Disclosures should be free of politics.President-elect Donald Trump walks to take his seat for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20.

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How Much Patriotism do Military Bands Inspire? Watchdog Wants Better Measures

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:22:02 -0400

A report published Thursday recommends that the units better assess how effective they are at "enhancing the morale of troops."

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John Oliver: We've Been Here Before with a Border Patrol Hiring Surge

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:42:18 -0400

The Last Week Tonight host devoted most of his show to the controversial Trump administration plan.

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Daring to Defend the Federal Bureaucracy

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0400

A law professor, former college president and experienced federal manager bucks the prevailing mood in Washington.

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Education Department Cannot Elaborate on Trump’s Donation

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:29:50 -0400

Few details about how the agency will spend the president’s $100,000.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (left) accepts a check from the White House.

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What Senators Really Think of the Administration's Approach to Budgeting

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:02:00 -0400

Caught on a hot mic, Susan Collins and Jack Reed questioned the sanity and competence of both the president and his budget office.Susan Collins and Jack Reed walk together in 2015 on Capitol Hill.

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Trump Uses Major Foreign Address to Bash Bureaucracy

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:14:33 -0400

In Poland, president cites bureaucrats as a threat to Western ideals.President Donald Trump waves as he arrives to deliver a speech at Krasinski Square at the Royal Castle on July 6.

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