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


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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An Extraordinary Fed: Katharine Blodgett Gebbie, 1932-2016

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:50:53 -0400

The astrophysicist and NIST lab director nurtured four Nobel laureates, two MacArthur "genius" grant awardees and countless world-class scientists.Katharine Blodgett Gebbie led the Physical Measurement Laboratory and its predecessor, the Physics Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for 21 years.

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Trump Team Offers Inside Look at Transition Efforts--For $5,000

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:55:06 -0400

Chris Christie to give donors a briefing on plans for the change in administrations.

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OPM Tries to Thwart Political Appointees Trying to Burrow In to the Bureaucracy

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:36:10 -0400

Fears that officials are illegally moving into career Civil Service positions are longstanding.

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Some Advice for Feds During the Presidential Transition: Expect Pushback

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:55:22 -0400

The Senior Executives Association has issued a first-ever handbook for career personnel.

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Donald Trump Has Great Faith in Federal Bureaucrats

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:33:06 -0400

The GOP standard-bearer may criticize government, but he’s proposing to rely heavily on the people who work for it to root out waste and inefficiency.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an economic policy speech to the Detroit Economic Club, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.

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Improving Customer Experience, When the Taxpayer Is Your Customer

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:50:39 -0400

We’re soliciting your input for our Sept. 20 event.Hundreds of passengers wait in the TSA security line at Nashville International Airport April 18.

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Two Decades of

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:59:13 -0400

Twenty years ago today, we entered the digital in 1996

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Hillary Clinton's Inner Wonk Emerges in Her Big Speech

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:10:02 -0400

The Democratic presidential nominee says that as a public servant, the “service part has always come easier to me than the public part.”Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers her acceptance speech.

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No One Will Want a Federal Leadership Job After What I've Been Through, IRS Chief Warns

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:24:45 -0400

"It doesn't look like much fun," John Koskinen says.IRS chief John Koskinen

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Good Luck With That 100-Day War on Waste, Mr. Trump

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:26:18 -0400

History shows it’s harder than it looks.

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Petition Asks Obama to ‘Do What Is Right’ and Grant a Bigger 2017 Pay Raise

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:08:03 -0400

We the People filing supports the FAIR Act, which would more than triple the president’s proposed raise of 1.6 percent.

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Exactly How 'Sophisticated' Is Hillary Clinton on Email Use and Classification?

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:57:43 -0400

Not very, according to FBI Director James Comey. But Republicans beg to differ.Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., (center) and Thomas Massie, R-Ky., listen as Comey testifies.

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FBI’s Balancing Act on Clinton Email Decision

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:09:42 -0400

Agency recommends against prosecution of presumptive Democratic nominee, while blasting her and the State Department’s handling of classified information.Hillary Clinton on a visit to New Zealand in 2010, during her tenure as secretary of State.

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John McCain Goes Straight Talk Express on Defense Personnel Reform

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Republican senator riffs on "abysmal" USAJOBS site and the Pentagon’s "perverse bureaucratic culture."The "Straight Talk Express" campaign bus of then-GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2008.

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OPM Tells Feds How to Turn Off Those Sex Offender Notifications

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:12:01 -0400

The decision cannot be reversed, OPM warns.The notifications are part of protective services offered to victims of the OPM hack.

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How Well Do You Really Know the Presidential Candidates?

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:12:50 -0400

It’s hard to keep track of all the crazy statements the presidential candidates have uttered.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters after speaking at a rally in Phoenix.

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George Voinovich, the Rare Politician Who Fought for Better Management

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:46:04 -0400

Former GOP senator, who died over the weekend, was a steadfast defender of federal employees.

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It’s Not True That No One in Congress Takes Government Performance Seriously

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 15:19:58 -0400

Rep. Henry Cuellar does. Just ask him about it.Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas

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TSA, Big Government and the Controversy That Was Inevitable

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 17:18:03 -0400

It’s not like we couldn’t see this coming.Travelers stand in line as they prepare to be screened at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Memorial Day week.

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