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-usFri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:14 -0500Obama Makes it Official: 1 Percent Pay Raise For 2015http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/12/obama-approves-federal-pay-raise-2015/101769/President issues order implementing increase for civilian federal employees and uniformed military service members.Tom ShoopFri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:14 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/12/obama-approves-federal-pay-raise-2015/101769/Pay & BenefitsPresident Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Dec. 19, before heading to Hawaii for Christmas.Carolyn Kaster/Associated PressNew D.C.-area Express Toll Lanes Test P3 Financing Modelshttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/virginia-express-toll-lanes-p3/101754/Toll projects so far have proven to be the riskiest types of public-private partnerships.Timothy B. ClarkFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:58:40 -0500http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/virginia-express-toll-lanes-p3/101754/State & LocalThe official ribboncutting for the I-95 Express toll lanes earlier this month.Courtesy TransurbanEnvironmentalists Split With the Obama Administration Over Key Power Plant Ruleshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/12/environmentalists-split-obama-administration-over-key-power-plant-rules/101724/The Obama administration is offering the first-ever regulations on the waste from coal-fired plants.Jason Plautz, National JournalFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:25:54 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/12/environmentalists-split-obama-administration-over-key-power-plant-rules/101724/OversightKodda / Shutterstock.comThe Cops vs. the Mayor: Bill de Blasio's Big Headachehttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/cops-vs-mayor-bill-de-blasios-big-headache/101736/Can the liberal NYC mayor mend fences with increasingly hostile police leadership just as he needs the force to handle protests against bad policing?Sarah Goodyear, CityLabFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:18:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/cops-vs-mayor-bill-de-blasios-big-headache/101736/State & LocalSeth Wenig/APYear in Review: Obama Holds End of 2014 News Conferencehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/year-review-obamas-holds-end-2014-news-conference/101733/Before he left for a Hawaii vacation, the president had big words for Sony at his annual year-end presser.National Journal, National JournalFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:09:08 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/year-review-obamas-holds-end-2014-news-conference/101733/ManagementWhite House via YouTubeUber Agrees to Stand Down in Portland http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/uber-portland-oregon/101715/Oregon's largest city gets the infamous disruptor to cease operations for three months.Eric PfeifferFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:36:01 -0500http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/uber-portland-oregon/101715/State & LocalPortland, OregonJPL Designs / Shutterstock.comOMB Trumpets Progress on Tracking Contractor Performance and Other Cross-Agency Goalshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/omb-trumpets-progress-tracking-contractor-performance-and-other-cross-agency-goals/101712/Obama push for data-driven management is paying off, according to update.Charles S. ClarkFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:28:38 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/omb-trumpets-progress-tracking-contractor-performance-and-other-cross-agency-goals/101712/ManagementSergii Korolko / Shutterstock.comPossible Furlough Days Coming to IRS Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/12/possible-furlough-days-coming-irs-employees/101703/Full-day agency shutdowns could complement hiring freeze and overtime suspension.Eric KatzFri, 19 Dec 2014 12:55:38 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/12/possible-furlough-days-coming-irs-employees/101703/Pay & BenefitsIRS chief John Koskinen tells employees that agency leadership will do its best "not to take actions that make your job more difficult or less satisfying."J. Scott Applewhite/AP'The Interview' Is Not the First Time Hollywood Has Killed a World Leader in a Moviehttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/12/interview-not-first-time-hollywood-has-killed-world-leader-movie-north-korea-franco-rogen/101682/It's also not the first time that Hollywood has caved to world pressure.Sonali Kohli, QuartzFri, 19 Dec 2014 11:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/12/interview-not-first-time-hollywood-has-killed-world-leader-movie-north-korea-franco-rogen/101682/TechDan Steinberg/Invision/APObama Signs TSP Bill Into Lawhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/12/obama-signs-tsp-bill-law/101679/Smart Savings Act will automatically enroll new feds into a more diverse, age-appropriate fund rather than the safer G Fund.Kellie LunneyFri, 19 Dec 2014 10:12:15 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/12/obama-signs-tsp-bill-law/101679/Pay & Benefitssheff / Shutterstock.comGOP Governors Eyeing the White House Have Plenty to Lose at Homehttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/gop-governors-eyeing-white-house-have-plenty-lose-home/101676/The road to the White House comes riddled with potholes for four Republican governors as they prepare for 2015’s legislative sessions.Adam Wollner and Karyn Bruggeman, National JournalFri, 19 Dec 2014 10:02:27 -0500http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/gop-governors-eyeing-white-house-have-plenty-lose-home/101676/State & LocalChristopher Halloran / Shutterstock.comThe Overseas Diplomatic Life is Not All Sips of Teahttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/overseas-diplomatic-life-not-all-sips-tea/101685/"The students, I don’t know how many there were, several thousand, surrounded the cars and began to pelt them with eggs and rocks and to jump up on top of the cars and stamp on the roofs." When Warren Christopher had to deliver bad news in Taiwan.James Fallows, The AtlanticFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:55:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/overseas-diplomatic-life-not-all-sips-tea/101685/ManagementWarren Christopher was Secretary of State from 1993-1997.Evan Vucci/AP file photo7 Very Telling Signs Your Job Is a Poor Fithttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/12/7-very-telling-signs-your-job-poor-fit/101544/How to avoid a long-term ‘soul sucking’ experience.Marla GottschalkFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/12/7-very-telling-signs-your-job-poor-fit/101544/Management - Promising Practiceseelnosiva/Shutterstock.comThe Limits of Obama's Clemencyhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/limits-obamas-clemency/101640/The president granted pardons and commutations to 20 on Wednesday, but many more wait.Matt Ford, The AtlanticThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/limits-obamas-clemency/101640/ManagementWhite House file photoCongress Fails to Confirm Postal Nominees, but USPS Says It’s Found a Workaround http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/12/congress-fails-confirm-postal-nominees-usps-says-its-found-workaround/101652/Agency had prepared a plan B in the event of congressional inaction.Eric KatzThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:36:28 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/12/congress-fails-confirm-postal-nominees-usps-says-its-found-workaround/101652/OversightNati Harnik/AP file photoThe New White House Fence Could Wind Up Being Really, Really Tallhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/12/new-white-house-fence-could-wind-being-really-really-tall/101646/An independent panel has a few recommendations for the Secret Service about how to fix the presidential perimeter.Marina Koren, National JournalThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:24:51 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/12/new-white-house-fence-could-wind-being-really-really-tall/101646/DefenseOrhan Cam / Shutterstock.comAir Force Cancels 2015 Layoffs: ‘Enough is Enough’ http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/12/air-force-cancels-2015-layoffs-enough-enough/101649/Voluntary separation programs will be made available.Eric KatzThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:21:49 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/12/air-force-cancels-2015-layoffs-enough-enough/101649/DefenseAirman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/U.S. Air ForceWhite House Floats New Climate Guidelines for Energy, Infrastructure Developmenthttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/white-house-floats-new-climate-guidelines-energy-infrastructure-development/101643/The administration is releasing new plans instructing federal agencies to assess greenhouse-gas emissions as part of a broader effort to address climate change.Ben Geman, National JournalThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:06:16 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/white-house-floats-new-climate-guidelines-energy-infrastructure-development/101643/ManagementOrhan Cam/Shutterstock.comLibrary of Congress Will Preserve The Big Lebowski as a Historical Piece of American Culture http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/library-congress-will-preserve-big-lebowski-historical-piece-american-culture-coen-brothers/101637/The National Film Preservation Board selected the Coen brothers’ film for preservation.Adam Epstein, QuartzThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:41:11 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/library-congress-will-preserve-big-lebowski-historical-piece-american-culture-coen-brothers/101637/ManagementUniversal PicturesThe Chart That Toppled San Diego's Long-Term Transportation Planhttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/chart-toppled-san-diegos-long-term-transportation-plan/101631/And could strengthen climate policies in California cities for years to come.Eric Jaffe, CityLabThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:36:03 -0500http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/chart-toppled-san-diegos-long-term-transportation-plan/101631/State & LocalView Apart / Shutterstock.comBudget-Crunched IRS Revamps Exempt Organizations Divisionhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/budget-crunched-irs-revamps-exempt-organizations-division/101628/Unit that birthed targeting controversy speeds up applications processing.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:34:44 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/budget-crunched-irs-revamps-exempt-organizations-division/101628/Managementblvdone / Shutterstock.comNebraska, Oklahoma Join Forces to Challenge Colorado Marijuana Lawhttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/nebraska-oklahoma-colorado-marijuana-lawsuit/101625/Recreational weed in the Centennial State has strained law enforcement elsewhere, neighboring officials say.Eric PfeifferThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:29:13 -0500http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/nebraska-oklahoma-colorado-marijuana-lawsuit/101625/State & LocalDoug Shutter / Shutterstock.comAmerica's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Spacehttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/americas-holiday-lights-can-be-seen-space/101547/They're especially bright in the suburbs, says NASA.John Metcalfe, CityLabThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/12/americas-holiday-lights-can-be-seen-space/101547/State & LocalNASAHow to Avoid the Disaster of Leadership Vertigohttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/executive-coach/2014/12/how-avoid-disaster-leadership-vertigo/101538/It's when your brain tells you one thing and the facts tell you another.Scott EblinThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/executive-coach/2014/12/how-avoid-disaster-leadership-vertigo/101538/Management - Executive CoachThe National Gallery, Oslo, NorwayFEMA Spent Billions on Disaster Assistance Overhead During the Last Decadehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/fema-spent-billions-disaster-assistance-overhead-during-last-decade/101619/The agency allocated nearly $13 billion for expenses related to compensation, travel and supplies for disaster relief personnel from fiscal years 2004 to 2013.Kellie LunneyThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:27:15 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/fema-spent-billions-disaster-assistance-overhead-during-last-decade/101619/ManagementFEMA trailers used to house victims of past disasters. Danny Johnston/AP file photo