Government Executive November 2003 Vol. 35, No.16

magazine cover image Powell's Army
By Shane Harris
Colin Powell won his campaign to transform management at the State Department. Does it matter?

Smashing the System
By Shawn Zeller
The Defense Department's plan to take a wrecking ball to its civilian personnel structure could spell the end of the civil service system.

By Jason Peckenpaugh
Dan Guttman has devoted his life to investigating the government's "shadow workforce" of contractors.

The Ties that Bind
By Jason Peckenpaugh
Attempts to weave four cultures together at the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement are hampered by employee resentment and mission confusion.



Viewpoint: Homeland Security's Legal Battlegrounds
By Steven E. Roberts and Thomas C. Wingfield
It's just a matter of time before the federal government issues rules and laws mandating security standards for critical infrastructure, most of which is privately owned.

Managing Technology: The Superheroes of Computers
By Shane Harris
Supercomputers being tapped to simulate nuclear explosions and predict weather also hold potential for use in homeland security.

Tech Insider: A New Breed of Deals
By Shane Harris
Prying concessions from Oracle; it's who you know; SoBig's suicide.

Travel: Travelers Talk Back
By Tanya N. Ballard
More than 600 federal travelers talk back in our survey-most say trips too often spill over into personal time.


Editor's notebook: Examining Excellence
The Last Word: Making Do at NASA

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