Government Executive - All Contenthttp://www.govexec.com/GovExec.com is government's business news daily and the premier Web site for federal managers and executives.en-usWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:32:36 -0400With No Plan B, New Poll Finds Michigan’s Road-Funding Proposal in Troublehttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/michigan-roads-proposal-1/109081/Gov. Rick Snyder has been using chunks of concrete as props to make his case for voters to support Proposal 1. He has a lot of convincing to do, still.Michael GrassWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:32:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/michigan-roads-proposal-1/109081/State & LocalMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been hauling chunks of concrete around his state in advance of the Proposal 1 vote.GovSnyder / YouTubeLerner Won't Face Contempt Charges, Justice Department Sayshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/04/lerner-wont-face-contempt-charges-justice-department-says/109078/Key figure in IRS political targeting controversy within rights in invoking the Fifth.Charles S. ClarkWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:27:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/04/lerner-wont-face-contempt-charges-justice-department-says/109078/OversightLois Lerner leaves a congressional hearing after declining to testify. J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoTSP Has a Slow Marchhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/04/tsp-has-slow-march/109072/Two of the basic TSP funds ended the month in the red and no offerings had big gains.Amelia GruberWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:03:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/04/tsp-has-slow-march/109072/Pay & BenefitsJMiks / Shutterstock.comDHS Vows to Shield Mid-Level Employees From Congresshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/04/dhs-vows-shield-mid-level-employees-congress/109066/Protections set up showdown with lawmakers attempting to investigate Secret Service scandals.Eric KatzWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:24:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/04/dhs-vows-shield-mid-level-employees-congress/109066/DefenseSecret Service agents guard President Obama during a March event in Cleveland, Ohio. DHS secretary Jeh Johnson wants to protect agents from having to testify before Congress. Jacquelyn Martin/APArkansas Reconsiders Its Religious-Freedom Lawhttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/arkansas-reconsiders-its-religious-freedom-law/109069/Legislators passed a bill critics said was even more sweeping than Indiana's law, but Governor Asa Hutchinson says he won't sign it until controversial sections are fixed.David A. Graham, The AtlanticWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:18:19 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/arkansas-reconsiders-its-religious-freedom-law/109069/State & LocalThe Arkansas State Capitol building is located in Little Rock.Nagel Photography / Shutterstock.comHigher Premium Pay, Health and Wellness, and Federal Womenhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/04/higher-premium-pay-health-and-wellness-and-federal-women/109063/A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.Kellie LunneyWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:01:12 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/04/higher-premium-pay-health-and-wellness-and-federal-women/109063/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchmariocigic / Shutterstock.comDo Government Employees Have Freedom of Speech?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/04/do-government-employees-have-freedom-speech/109042/When speaking your mind, you're still part of your agency's brand.Dannielle BlumenthalWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/04/do-government-employees-have-freedom-speech/109042/Management - Promising PracticesNikola Bilic/Shutterstock.comWatch San Francisco’s Catchy Sewer Rap Videohttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/watch-san-franciscos-catchy-sewer-rap-video/109057/In “You Can’t Live Without Me,” the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission reminds residents that “your #2 is our #1.”Michael GrassWed, 01 Apr 2015 15:29:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/watch-san-franciscos-catchy-sewer-rap-video/109057/State & LocalA scene from the "You Can't Live Without Me" music video.San Francisco Public Utilities CommissionCalifornia Governor Announces Mandatory Statewide Water Cutbacks http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/california-water-reductions-mandatory-jerry-brown/109045/“This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” Jerry Brown says, laying out his action plan to cut water use by 25 percent.Michael GrassWed, 01 Apr 2015 14:54:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/california-water-reductions-mandatory-jerry-brown/109045/State & LocalCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown has announced mandatory statewide water usage reductions.Eddie J. Rodriquez / Shutterstock.comMore Governors and Mayors Ban Official Travel to Indianahttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/governor-mayor-indiana-travel-ban/109027/As the national backlash continues, other states and cities want to welcome businesses turned off by the Hoosier State's controversial new religious-objections law.Michael GrassWed, 01 Apr 2015 12:51:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/governor-mayor-indiana-travel-ban/109027/State & LocalWashington State Gov. Jay Inslee says that any company that feels unwelcome in Indiana is welcome in his state.Gov. Jay Inslee's OfficeLawmaker Asks Obama to Fire Commerce IG for Years of Alleged Misconducthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/04/lawmaker-asks-obama-fire-commerce-ig-years-alleged-misconduct/109024/House Science panel Democrat says Zinser quashed whistleblowers, hired girlfriend.Charles S. ClarkWed, 01 Apr 2015 12:38:31 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/04/lawmaker-asks-obama-fire-commerce-ig-years-alleged-misconduct/109024/OversightRep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, said the evidence against Zinser is overwhelming. Bill Ingalls/NASA file photoHow to Make Your Organization Less Sexist and Racisthttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/04/how-make-your-organization-less-sexist-and-racist/109000/Many employers who discriminate don't do so intentionally, yet few are aware of concrete steps they can take to override their subconscious biases.Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The AtlanticWed, 01 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/04/how-make-your-organization-less-sexist-and-racist/109000/Management - Promising PracticesApple Computer employees and family members march during the 44th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade in June.Eric Risberg/APExecutive at Center of GSA Conference Scandal Pleads Guilty to Making False Claimshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2015/04/executive-center-gsa-conference-scandal-pleads-guilty-making-false-claims/109015/Jeff Neely could face up to five years in prison, plus fines and restitution.Charles S. ClarkWed, 01 Apr 2015 11:45:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/04/executive-center-gsa-conference-scandal-pleads-guilty-making-false-claims/109015/ManagementJeff Neely declines to answer congressional questions about the Las Vegas conference during an April 2012 hearing. J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoChange Is Coming in the Senate Democratic Leadershiphttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/04/schumer-durbin-rift-could-bring-new-blood-leadership/108991/Just how much will depend on whether Durbin can keep his job as whip.Sarah Mimms, National JournalWed, 01 Apr 2015 10:40:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/04/schumer-durbin-rift-could-bring-new-blood-leadership/108991/OversightSenate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks to reporters following a policy luncheon last week, flanked by (from left) Sens. Patty Murray, Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APInside the Push to Put Climate Change Warnings on Gas Pumpshttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/inside-push-put-climate-change-warnings-gas-pumps/108997/The Bay Area wants to apply the tobacco-labeling approach to fuel.John Metcalfe, CityLabWed, 01 Apr 2015 10:34:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/04/inside-push-put-climate-change-warnings-gas-pumps/108997/State & LocalRaymond Pajek/350 Bay AreaObama Offers Commutations to 22 of 209,155 Federal Prisonershttp://www.govexec.com/management/2015/04/obama-offers-commutations-22-209155-federal-prisoners/109006/On Tuesday, the President cut short the sentences for two dozen inmates imprisoned for drug offenses, who would have served less time under current guidelines. Thousands more remain in prison.David A. Graham, The AtlanticWed, 01 Apr 2015 10:29:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/04/obama-offers-commutations-22-209155-federal-prisoners/109006/Managementf8grapher/Shutterstock.comObama Declares Cyber Attacks A ‘National Emergency’http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/04/obama-declares-cyber-attacks-national-emergency/108994/A new executive order will allow the government to impose financial sanctions against those waging malicious cyberattacks.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 01 Apr 2015 09:50:19 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/04/obama-declares-cyber-attacks-national-emergency/108994/DefensePete Souza/White HousePlay of the Day: Indiana's Law Isn't a License to Discriminate, Just a Learner's Permithttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/04/play-day-indiana-religious-freedom-video/108988/Also, Barack Obama is heading to Kenya this summer.Ross GianfortuneWed, 01 Apr 2015 09:23:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/04/play-day-indiana-religious-freedom-video/108988/OversightEveryone was taking shots at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Tuesday.Flickr user Gage SkidmorePrecrime Comes to the Officehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/04/precrime-comes-office/108880/To weed out hires who might go on to misbehave, recruiters are relying on ethics questionnaires, personality tests, and credit histories. But can they truly anticipate misconduct?Joe Pinsker, The AtlanticWed, 01 Apr 2015 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/04/precrime-comes-office/108880/Management - Promising PracticesBlueSkyImage/Shutterstock.comSenior Execs to Congress: Making Us At-Will Employees Will 'Destroy' Ushttp://www.govexec.com/management/2015/04/senior-execs-congress-making-us-will-employees-will-destroy-corps/108943/The push to make it easier to fire bad apples in the SES is scaring top career officials, according to a new survey.Kellie LunneyWed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/04/senior-execs-congress-making-us-will-employees-will-destroy-corps/108943/ManagementAndrey_Popov / Shutterstock.comA Winning Knight Cities Challenge Idea From Charlotte Is Remarkably Simplehttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/03/knight-cities-challenge-charlotte-take-ten/108982/The Take Ten public engagement initiative is one of the 32 projects that made the cut. Check out the full list of winners.Michael GrassTue, 31 Mar 2015 23:37:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2015/03/knight-cities-challenge-charlotte-take-ten/108982/State & LocalCharlotte, North CarolinaMy Media Quest / Shutterstock.comIndiana Governor Uses Federal Statute to Defend Controversial Lawhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2015/03/indiana-governor-uses-federal-statute-defend-controversial-law/108958/Federal agencies already deal with religious freedom issues.Eric KatzTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:11:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/03/indiana-governor-uses-federal-statute-defend-controversial-law/108958/ManagementIndiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks question during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Darron Cummings/APWhite House Launches Sales Pitch on Climate Pledgehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2015/03/white-house-launches-sales-pitch-climate-pledge/108940/Administration sees leadership role in bringing countries to table in Paris talks.Jason Plautz, National JournalTue, 31 Mar 2015 16:24:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/03/white-house-launches-sales-pitch-climate-pledge/108940/ManagementBernhard Staehli/Shutterstock.comIRS Chief Warns Budget Cuts Harming Recruitment, Customer Servicehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2015/03/irs-chief-warns-budget-cuts-harming-recruitment-customer-service/108937/But filing season is going "swimmingly" despite predictions, Koskinen says.Charles S. ClarkTue, 31 Mar 2015 16:08:48 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/03/irs-chief-warns-budget-cuts-harming-recruitment-customer-service/108937/ManagementIRS chief John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill about the agency's budget. Susan Walsh/APLeaders Rarely Do What It Takes to Develop Othershttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/leaders-rarely-do-what-it-takes-develop-others/108829/How to help your employees find growth opportunities.Mary Jo AsmusTue, 31 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/leaders-rarely-do-what-it-takes-develop-others/108829/Management - Promising PracticesALMAGAMI/Shutterstock.com