Government Executive Vol. 36, No.9

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  • Taming the IRS Chief Information Officer Todd Grams intends to conquer IRS modernization, not become its latest victim.
    By Shane Harris
  • Looking for Trouble Agriculture officials say they want to know how prevalent mad cow disease really is. Not everyone is sure they're serious.
    By Katherine McIntire Peters
  • Fear of Failure Why are so few schools keeping up with No Child Left Behind?
    By Denise Kersten
  • Fewer Hands on Deck The Navy's top admiral plans to increase the fleet's firepower by cutting the crew.
    By George Cahlink


  • Desert Storm The very nature of the Coalition Provisional Authority is in question. By Shane Harris
  • Duty, Honor, Country The Army's investigation into the abuse of Iraqi prisoners reveals a stunning failure of leadership. By Katherine McIntire Peters
  • Reining In Contractors The prison scandal in Iraq raises questions about contractor oversight. By Jason Peckenpaugh and Shane Harris
  • Earth to Managers Get ready for big changes at NASA, or get ready to move on. By Beth Dickey
  • Privacy Perceptions Is opinion nine-tenths of reality? By Shane Harris
  • Weapons Watchdog Thomas Christie walks a fine line between sharp questions and playing nice. By George Cahlink
  • Push-Button Travel Paper-free trips are upon us. By Caroline Polk


  • Piecemeal Watch List Managing Technology: Slow progress hinders the terrorist database. By Karen D. Schwartz
  • Without a Net Management Matters: A promotion is not always a reward. By Brian Friel
  • A Bridge to Service Viewpoint: It's up to civil servants to tell young people about the great opportunity to change lives and the nation. By Sandra Day O'Connor
  • In a Pig's Eye Political World: Congress takes care of its own with homeland security pork, even where danger is remote. By Charles Mahtesian


  • Editor's notebook Self-inflicted wounds are leading to the decline of the public sector.
  • The Buzz Keeping secrets, building nations, hunting bargains and paying it back.
  • Outlook More talk and less action is making government the perfect place to shirk executive responsibility.
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