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 Oct 2014 17:29:01 -0400The U.S. Is Saving Nukes So It Can Blow Up Asteroidshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/us-saving-nukes-so-it-can-blow-asteroids/95621/The government isn't destroying older bombs on schedule, because it might need them for "planetary defense."Tim Fernholz, The AtlanticWed, 01 Oct 2014 17:29:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/us-saving-nukes-so-it-can-blow-asteroids/95621/DefensePaul Fleet / Shutterstock.com35,000 Walruses Have Mobbed the Alaskan Coast—Because There’s No Sea Ice Left to Rest Onhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/35000-walruses-have-mobbed-alaskan-coastbecause-theres-no-sea-ice-left-rest/95618/NOAA has photographed the animals gathering on the Alaskan shore.Gwynn Guilford, QuartzWed, 01 Oct 2014 17:15:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/35000-walruses-have-mobbed-alaskan-coastbecause-theres-no-sea-ice-left-rest/95618/ManagementGroups of walruses usually gather on sea ice, but the sea ice is at much lower point than normal due to climate change, NOAA says.NOAA file photoHow to Avoid Costly Mistakes Filling Out Your TSP Formshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/how-avoid-costly-mistakes-filling-out-your-tsp-forms/95573/The retirement savings plan’s board offers some common-sense advice for successfully withdrawing or transferring retirement funds.Kellie LunneyWed, 01 Oct 2014 15:55:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/how-avoid-costly-mistakes-filling-out-your-tsp-forms/95573/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSergey Nivens / Shutterstock.comWhy There Won't Be an Ebola Outbreak in the United Stateshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/why-there-wont-be-ebola-outbreak-united-states/95594/The circumstances that contributed to West Africa's epidemic do not exist in the U.S.Marina Koren, National JournalWed, 01 Oct 2014 15:41:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/why-there-wont-be-ebola-outbreak-united-states/95594/DefenseThe district of Kailahun in eastern Sierra Leone was put under quarantine at the beginning of August, due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Flickr user Cyprien Fabre/EC ECHOSecret Service Director Julia Pierson Resignshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/secret-service-director-julia-pierson-resigns/95591/"I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the nation," said the Homeland Security secretary.Matt Berman, National JournalWed, 01 Oct 2014 15:23:48 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/secret-service-director-julia-pierson-resigns/95591/ManagementPierson testified on the Hill this week.J. Scott Applewhite/AP From the Tropics to the Tundra: 3 Benefits of Engaging Your Stakeholdershttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/tropics-tundra-3-benefits-engaging-your-stakeholders/95576/Meeting on their turf puts program challenges in perspective.Arleta Cobb, Corner AllianceWed, 01 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/tropics-tundra-3-benefits-engaging-your-stakeholders/95576/Management - Promising Practicesaxily/Shutterstock.comAn Unhappy Anniversary to the Government Shutdown and Healthcare.govhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/unhappy-anniversary-government-shutdown-and-healthcaregov/95582/With the midterm congressional elections just over a month away, both parties are using the milestone to refresh voters' memories.Russell Berman, The AtlanticWed, 01 Oct 2014 14:28:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/unhappy-anniversary-government-shutdown-and-healthcaregov/95582/OversightMount Rainier National Park taped up signs in October 2013.National Park ServiceGSA Presses Ahead with Homeland Security Consolidationhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/gsa-presses-ahead-homeland-security-consolidation/95579/Agency awards contract for renovating a building that will hold 700 employees.Charles S. ClarkWed, 01 Oct 2014 14:07:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/gsa-presses-ahead-homeland-security-consolidation/95579/ManagementA walkway connecting sections of the Coast Guard's new headquarters at St. Elizabeths. The Coast Guard headquarters was the first phase of the project. Coline Sperling/Coast GuardNo Joke, Here's How to Fix the Secret Servicehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/no-joke-heres-how-fix-secret-service/95552/Obama needs to fire Pierson, and Congress needs to return autonomy to the agency.Ron Fournier, National JournalWed, 01 Oct 2014 12:40:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/no-joke-heres-how-fix-secret-service/95552/OversightPresident Obama stands with U.S. Secret Service agents and looks at the Golden Gate Bridge, prior to boarding Marine One at the Crissy Field landing zone for departure from San Francisco on July 23, 2014.Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaRetirement Savings Funds Hit a September Slump http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/retirement-savings-funds-hit-september-slump/95546/All but one of the TSP’s offerings lose ground.Amelia GruberWed, 01 Oct 2014 11:52:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/retirement-savings-funds-hit-september-slump/95546/Pay & BenefitsJMiks / Shutterstock.comKnight Cities Challenge Seeks Innovative Ideashttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/knight-cities-challenge/95543/Ideas for the first-ever competition must be submitted by November 14.Michael GrassWed, 01 Oct 2014 11:41:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/knight-cities-challenge/95543/State & LocalDuluth, Minnesota, is one of 26 Knight Cities.welcomia / Shutterstock.comTrust Is Not Enough to Break Through Washington Gridlockhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/trust-not-enough-break-through-washington-gridlock/95531/Reality check: The bigger problems aren't because individuals don't get along; they're because of larger factors in the political culture.Norm Ornstein, National JournalWed, 01 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/trust-not-enough-break-through-washington-gridlock/95531/OversightKonstantin L/Shutterstock.comOregon City’s Pre-Emptive Marijuana Action; Civil Rights Fears in Rhode Islandhttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/oregon-amendment-91/95519/Also in our State & Local news roundup: Stories from the District of Columbia, San Francisco and Nashville.Michael GrassWed, 01 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/oregon-amendment-91/95519/State & LocalStanimir G.Stoev / Shutterstock.comPlay of the Day: Why Congress Isn't Passing Any Billshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-why-congress-isnt-passing-any-bills/95534/The legislative process reminds Jon Stewart of a really terrible dinner date.Reena Flores, National JournalWed, 01 Oct 2014 09:42:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-why-congress-isnt-passing-any-bills/95534/OversightComedy CentralWhat Quarantine In the U.S. Looks Likehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/what-quarantine-us-looks/95528/American doctors may not be used to dealing with Ebola, but they are highly trained by the CDC to stop the spread of infectious disease.Clare Foran, National JournalWed, 01 Oct 2014 09:27:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/what-quarantine-us-looks/95528/Managementherjua/Shutterstock.comThe Secret Service Let an Armed Man into an Elevator With the Presidenthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/secret-service-let-armed-man-elevator-president/95525/A security contractor with a gun made it onto an elevator with the president in Atlanta, without permission from the Secret Service.Russell Berman, The WireWed, 01 Oct 2014 09:21:16 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/secret-service-let-armed-man-elevator-president/95525/OversightA member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence on Sept. 22.Carolyn Kaster/APA California Law Will Weed Fraudulent Vendors Out of Farmers Marketshttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/california-law-will-weed-fraudulent-vendors-out-farmers-markets/95522/It's part of a growing conversation about who's selling what.Laura Bliss, CityLabWed, 01 Oct 2014 09:14:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/california-law-will-weed-fraudulent-vendors-out-farmers-markets/95522/State & LocalFlickr user fhkA Conversation With Detroit Mayor Mike Dugganhttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/conversation-detroit-mayor-mike-duggan/95513/Detroit’s first white mayor in 40 years talks abandoned housing, streetlights, and gentrification.Richard Florida, CityLabWed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/conversation-detroit-mayor-mike-duggan/95513/State & LocalPaul Sancya/APPump Up the Jams and Feel Powerfulhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/pump-jams-and-feel-powerful/95498/The right background music can affect how you take initiative.Jessica LoveWed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/pump-jams-and-feel-powerful/95498/Management - Promising PracticesOllyy/Shutterstock.comHow an App Is Helping Young People With Autism Communicate and Growhttp://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/talking-tiles-mississippi-autism/95474/Mississippi is planning to expand its use of ‘TalkingTiles’ to help ALS and Alzheimer’s patients.Allison PrangWed, 01 Oct 2014 07:56:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/10/talking-tiles-mississippi-autism/95474/State & LocalCaretiles / VimeoHow Congress Could Help Agencies Resist Hasty End-of-the-Year Spendinghttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/how-congress-could-help-agencies-resist-hasty-end-year-spending/95504/Agencies move money at five times the normal rate in the final week of the fiscal year, study shows.Charles S. ClarkTue, 30 Sep 2014 17:50:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/how-congress-could-help-agencies-resist-hasty-end-year-spending/95504/Managementcowardlion/Shutterstock.comFirst Case of Ebola Has Been Diagnosed in the United Stateshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/first-case-ebola-has-been-diagnosed-united-states/95507/The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a case in Dallas on Tuesday.Sophie Novack, National JournalTue, 30 Sep 2014 17:18:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/first-case-ebola-has-been-diagnosed-united-states/95507/ManagementDoctors get ready to enter the Ebola unit in Liberia in August.Athalia Christie/CDCFCC Mulls Banning Redskins Namehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/fcc-mulls-banning-redskins-name/95489/A petition claims the use of the team name on TV violates indecency regulations.Brendan Sasso, National JournalTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:02:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/fcc-mulls-banning-redskins-name/95489/OversightFlickr user keithallisonSecret Service Head Faces Steep Climb to Regain Trusthttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/secret-service-head-faces-steep-climb-regain-trust/95486/Julia Pierson is at the low ebb of her tenure as the first woman to head the agency.George E. Condon Jr.Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:57:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/secret-service-head-faces-steep-climb-regain-trust/95486/ManagementSecret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies Tuesday.J. Scott Applewhite/AP Some TRICARE Enrollees Won’t Have to Pay Annual Fee Increaseshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/some-tricare-enrollees-wont-have-pay-annual-fee-increases/95480/The Pentagon is making an exception for two groups of Prime beneficiaries.Kellie LunneyTue, 30 Sep 2014 15:42:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/some-tricare-enrollees-wont-have-pay-annual-fee-increases/95480/Pay & BenefitsDavid Orcea / Shutterstock.com