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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, 02 Dec 2016 15:01:13 -0500


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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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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