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


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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Doing Bold Work? Share Your Story

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:36:48 -0400

Nominations are open for this year’s Bold Friday presentations at the second annual weeklong Fedstival.

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Honoring Great Ideas in State and Local Government

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:29:11 -0400

Nominations are open for this year’s Route Fifty Navigator Awards.

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A Tell-All About Working At Freddie Mac During the Housing Crisis

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:53:20 -0400

Former employee offers blow-by-blow account of the government-sponsored enterprise’s boardroom meetings, displays of competitiveness and firings of high-level functionaries.

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A Chemist at a Federal Agency Wins Miss USA

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:15:59 -0400

Winner says she will recruit women to government during her year with the crown.Kara McCullough, a 25-year-old chemist in NRC’s Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, won the title.

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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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