Government Executive Vol. 38 No.3
March 1, 2006
The Cost of Convenience
When agencies use each other's contracts, the rules sometimes get lost in translation.
By Kimberly Palmer
A Wasted Year
From in-house bickering to a fumbled national crisis, the Homeland Security Department is still a mess.
By Justin Rood, Chris Strohm and Katherine McIntire Peters
Managers say terminating problem employees is one of their most distasteful responsibilities. It's also among the most important.
By Denise Kersten Wills
The Great Wall
Forget military secrets-what Chinese hackers really might be after is logistics data from the Pentagon's unclassified computer network. By David Perera
Two Procurement Giants
John Cibinic shaped the contracting field and Greg Macfarlan helped people understand it. By Kimberly Palmer
Shots Across the Bow
Chuck Spinney has retired to his sailboat, but he's still taking aim at Defense waste. By Jason Vest
XBRL could take the sting out of organizing and analyzing financial data. By David Perera
The Trust Factor
Employees who are kept out of the loop feel betrayed and become less productive. By Brian Friel
The Color of Exurbs
The connection between federal spending and voting habits isn't so obvious on the outskirts of town. By Charles Mahtesian
Civilians weighing deployment to war zones should know what they're getting into. By Debby Murphy and Howard Staik
Looking Out for No. 1
For bosses, ethical behavior isn't just about right and wrong. By Bob Stone
IN EVERY ISSUE
Political appointees and their service to the nation.
Gold-plated troops; Vice Adm. Thad Allen on the hot seat; don't ask, don't train; and chew it if you've got it.
Government is at least as good at customer service as your average big retailer. By Tom Shoop
March 1, 2006