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Last Build Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:31:05 -0400


Senators Want Heads to Roll After Postal Service Underestimates Delayed Mail by 2 Billion Pieces

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:31:05 -0400

Lawmakers cite report finding employees intentionally misrepresented statistics.Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., would like to see anyone involved in cover-up fired.

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Micromanagement is Really a Trust Issue

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:14:54 -0400

Here’s how to handle it, whether you’re the victim or the perpetrator.

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State Dept. Rebuffs Diplomats’ Plea for Release of Reorg Plan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:11:35 -0400

Academy of Diplomacy’s request comes amid “water cooler” employee disgruntlement.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson previewed restructuring plans in an email to staff, but employees are seeking more information.

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5 Things That Have Changed About FEMA Since Katrina – And 5 That Haven’t

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:28:00 -0400

Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters?FEMA’s handling of Hurricane Katrina inspired resentment in the affected communities – but did it bring about real change in the organization?

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Memo to Government Reformers: Don’t Forget the Soft Stuff

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:26:53 -0400

Everyone wants to work in an environment where their contribution is recognized and valued.

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Why Is Trump's Legal Team So Messy?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:35:13 -0400

Ty Cobb, a lawyer for the president, kvetched about a colleague in public and sent several bizarre emails. And that’s only the latest West Wing attorney problem.

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New Whistleblower Group Offers Legal Alternative to Leaking

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:59:43 -0400

State Dept. alum, attorney launch well-funded campaign to reach federal workers and contractors.

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Full-Year Continuing Resolution Would Trigger Sequester, Budget Office Says

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:22:46 -0400

Simply continuing fiscal 2017 spending levels would exceed spending caps.

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The Silent Killer of Workplace Happiness, Productivity, and Health is a Lack of Basic Civility

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:08:21 -0400

Those who unleash on others, belittle subordinates or undermine colleagues may leave a wake and create ripple effects.

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Why Trump Should Worry More About Congress Than About Mueller

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:00:37 -0400

It’s public hearings that tend to galvanize opposition and jeopardize presidents.Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting in Washington in June 2017.

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The Only Safe Email is Text-Only Email

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

It's impossible to be certain of safety while using Gmail, Yahoo mail and other web-based email systems. The best solution is a radical one: It's time to return to plain, text-only email."

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DHS Seeks Volunteers From Other Agencies to Join Hurricane Relief Surge Force

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:33:38 -0400

This is the first time the department has called for outside volunteers through the surge capacity program.A house rests on the beach in Florida following Hurricane Irma.

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The No. 1 Reason Why Your Presentation Sucks

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:59:19 -0400

Fear of public speaking is a sign that you’re definitely making this mistake.

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No, the Government Doesn't Have a Problem With Murderers Getting Security Clearances

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:47:32 -0400

It has a recruitment problem, recent comments by a senior Defense official notwithstanding.

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Senate Skips Vote on Repealing Sequestration

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:54:13 -0400

Measure would have rolled back both defense and non-defense spending caps.

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Appointee Watch: Nominee for FEMA's No. 2 Job Withdraws

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:58:44 -0400

More ambassadorial, transportation nominations announced in recent days.FEMA Administrator Brock Long gives an update on hurricane relief efforts. Long will be without a confirmed deputy a while longer now that the administration's nominee withdrew.

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Ethics Office Appears to Give White House a Break

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:41:13 -0400

Anonymous lobbyists could now donate to Trump aides’ future legal defense funds.

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FEMA Maps Failed to Capture 75% of Damage in Five Previous Houston Floods

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:33:26 -0400

“The takeaway from this study, which was borne out in Harvey, is that many losses occur in areas outside FEMA’s 100-year flood plain.”A boat travels along Interstate 10 as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey cover a portion of the highway in August.

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After Striking Short-Term Deal, House Approves Funding for Rest of Fiscal 2018

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:08:00 -0400

House Republicans set their marker for agency budget cuts ahead of upcoming negotiations.House Speaker Paul Ryan said the octobus bill “has achieved many conservative victories and top priorities for the Trump administration.”

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A CEO Makes the Case That Young Employees Are Better at Solving Problems

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400

With age comes wisdom, but with wisdom comes less creative problem-solving.

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Democrats Agree to More Border Security in Exchange for Protecting 'Dreamers'

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:58:00 -0400

Deal does not include immediate money for a border wall, however.

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The Dark Side of Networking

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:51:22 -0400

“If one person gets a leg up, that’s a leg down for whomever else is competing for those opportunities.”

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The White House Declares War on James Comey

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:27:10 -0400

Unchastened by the disastrous aftermath of firing the FBI director, Trump’s spokesperson is now arguing that Comey ought to face prosecution.

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How Agencies Can Find and Develop Future Leaders

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Like so many problems in our organizations, the pain is mostly self-inflicted.

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Marshals Service Accused of Wasting Funds on Fancy Furniture, Excess Office Space

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:39:46 -0400

Sen. Grassley cites mismanagement in the Asset Forfeiture Program.Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, got tips from whistleblowers.

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