Government Executive - Fedbloghttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/Government Executive Editor in Chief Tom Shoop, along with other editors and staff correspondents, look at the federal bureaucracy from the outside in.en-usMon, 25 Aug 2014 14:22:43 -0400Smithsonian's Panda Cub Celebrates First Birthdayhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/smithsonians-panda-cub-celebrates-first-birthday/92318/America's cutest federal charge gets feted at the National Zoo.Ross GianfortuneMon, 25 Aug 2014 14:22:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/smithsonians-panda-cub-celebrates-first-birthday/92318/News - FedblogSmithsonian's National ZooIs Pentagon’s ‘Security Cooperation’ Office Too Cooperative With Israel? http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/pentagons-security-cooperation-office-too-cooperative-israel/92231/Officials complained the Defense Department is a little too eager to ship arms to the U.S. Ally.Charles S. ClarkFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:03:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/pentagons-security-cooperation-office-too-cooperative-israel/92231/News - FedblogPentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby says the department is "constantly assessing" how it handles arms sales to Israel.DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett10 Insane Things the Pentagon Gave to Local Law Enforcementhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/10-insane-things-pentagon-gave-local-law-enforcement/92015/Helicopters, grenade launchers and underwear make their way to police.Ross GianfortuneThu, 21 Aug 2014 13:25:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/10-insane-things-pentagon-gave-local-law-enforcement/92015/News - FedblogPolice in Ferguson clad in SWAT gear watch protestors Aug. 9.Jeff Roberson/AP'Curiosity' Leads Man to Steal Federal Explosives During a Camping Triphttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/man-stole-federal-explosives-because-curiosity/91691/Man was camping near a Forest Service storage facility and 'took it way too far.'Ross GianfortuneMon, 18 Aug 2014 13:42:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/man-stole-federal-explosives-because-curiosity/91691/News - FedblogFer Gregory/Shutterstock.comComparing the Watergate Gang With Lois Lernerhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/comparing-watergate-gang-lois-lerner/91355/A veteran Washington chronicler is eager to draw contrasts with the drama in today’s polarized government.Charles S. ClarkWed, 13 Aug 2014 15:09:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/comparing-watergate-gang-lois-lerner/91355/News - FedblogWikimedia CommonsDoes Obama Have ‘Zero Control’ Over the Bureaucracy?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/does-obama-have-zero-control-over-bureaucracy/91163/The administration’s arms-length view of government has extended well into the president’s second term.Tom ShoopMon, 11 Aug 2014 16:53:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/does-obama-have-zero-control-over-bureaucracy/91163/News - FedblogDefense Department file photoWhat Government Never Could Have Expected from President Nixonhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-government-never-could-have-expected-president-nixon/91001/The president who tried to leverage the bureaucracy to “screw” his opponents resigned 40 years ago.Tom ShoopFri, 08 Aug 2014 12:53:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-government-never-could-have-expected-president-nixon/91001/News - FedblogAP file photoObama: It Shouldn’t Be So Hard to Fire Incompetent, Unethical Execshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/obama-it-shouldnt-be-so-hard-fire-incompetent-unethical-execs/90932/Also, quit punishing whistleblowers, the president says.Tom ShoopThu, 07 Aug 2014 16:50:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/obama-it-shouldnt-be-so-hard-fire-incompetent-unethical-execs/90932/News - FedblogState DepartmentFormer Postmaster General: Stop 'Prostituting' the Stamp Programhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/former-postmaster-general-stop-prostituting-stamp-program/90890/Benjamin F. Bailar says Harry Potter and similar stamps lack 'gravitas.'Ross GianfortuneThu, 07 Aug 2014 16:43:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/former-postmaster-general-stop-prostituting-stamp-program/90890/News - FedblogGone are the days of simple stamp design. Or eight-cent postage.akiyoko / Shutterstock.comIs Burning Man Really a Government-Free Zone?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/burning-man-really-government-free-zone/90647/The annual artistic adventure promotes self-reliance, but is run by a series of organizations that look suspiciously like a government.Tom ShoopTue, 05 Aug 2014 16:02:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/burning-man-really-government-free-zone/90647/News - FedblogFlickr user Julia WolfWhat We Talk About When We Talk About the VAhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-va/90302/At least some of the emphasis should be on what VA is doing right.Tom ShoopFri, 01 Aug 2014 09:19:48 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-va/90302/News - FedblogVeterans Affairs DepartmentShe Never Stopped Working to Make Government Betterhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/she-never-stopped-working-make-government-better/90227/A tribute to Rosslyn S. Kleeman.Tom ShoopThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:42:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/she-never-stopped-working-make-government-better/90227/News - FedblogUSPS Is Recruiting a Firer-in-Chief http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/usps-recruiting-firer-chief/89885/The “RIF administrator” will be tasked with issuing layoffs.Eric KatzMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:34:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/usps-recruiting-firer-chief/89885/News - FedblogKekyalyaynen/Shutterstock.comUmm, Congressman, Those Federal Executives Testifying Before You Are Not Foreignershttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/umm-congressman-those-federal-executives-testifying-you-are-not-foreigners/89759/An embarrassing case of mistaken identity on Capitol Hill.Tom ShoopFri, 25 Jul 2014 17:15:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/umm-congressman-those-federal-executives-testifying-you-are-not-foreigners/89759/News - FedblogForeign Policy via VimeoFeds Go Off Message With Kardashian, Gaza Tweetshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/feds-go-message-kardashian-gaza-tweets/89513/It might be time for some remedial Twitter training.Katherine McIntire PetersWed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/feds-go-message-kardashian-gaza-tweets/89513/News - FedblogDFree / Shutterstock.comTab for IRS Probe Is Estimated at $18 Million So Farhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/tab-irs-probe-estimated-18-million-so-far/89228/Employees have logged 120,000 hours screening staff documents and emails.Charles S. ClarkMon, 21 Jul 2014 17:42:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/tab-irs-probe-estimated-18-million-so-far/89228/News - FedblogInternal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testified on Capitol Hill on June 23.J. Scott Applewhite/APWhen Nixon Nailed the SecDef http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/when-nixon-nailed-secdef/89147/Or how to undercut your senior leadership team, Nixon style.Katherine McIntire PetersMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:47:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/when-nixon-nailed-secdef/89147/News - FedblogPresident Nixon wit, ... ]National ArchivesLawsuit Alleges DEA Will Trade Crack For Help on Investigationshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/lawsuit-alleges-dea-traded-crack-investigation-help/88849/Man is seeking damages for "severe emotional and physical harm."Ross GianfortuneWed, 16 Jul 2014 13:35:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/lawsuit-alleges-dea-traded-crack-investigation-help/88849/News - FedblogUnited States Drug Enforcement AdministrationFor Some Feds, Shutdown Was Baby-Making Timehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/some-feds-shutdown-was-baby-making-time/88558/Finding a (re)productive way to address a bad situation.Tom ShoopFri, 11 Jul 2014 17:03:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/some-feds-shutdown-was-baby-making-time/88558/News - FedblogNadezda Cruzova/Shutterstock.comAn Emmy for Obama?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/emmy-obama/88483/Between Two Ferns gets nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.Ross GianfortuneFri, 11 Jul 2014 13:30:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/emmy-obama/88483/News - FedblogFunny or DieThis Guy Definitely Has the Strangest Federal Jobhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/guy-definitely-has-strangest-federal-job/88273/NASA’s designated smeller sniffs out obnoxious odors so astronauts don’t have to.Tom ShoopWed, 09 Jul 2014 15:21:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/guy-definitely-has-strangest-federal-job/88273/News - FedblogScience Channel via YoutubeNow Covering States and Localities, Too!http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/now-covering-states-and-localities-too/88243/The launch of GovExec.com’s new state and local channel.Tom ShoopWed, 09 Jul 2014 10:58:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/now-covering-states-and-localities-too/88243/News - FedblogSpringfield is both the county seat for Sangamon County and the capitol of Illinois.Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock.comHow To Ruin Your Political Career: Run a Federal Agencyhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/how-ruin-your-political-career-run-federal-agency/88111/Apparently there’s no greater sin than turning into an “administration lifer.”Tom ShoopTue, 08 Jul 2014 11:30:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/how-ruin-your-political-career-run-federal-agency/88111/News - FedblogRichard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection BureauHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and ReformWhat Does Running the VA Have to Do With Selling Soap?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/what-does-running-va-have-do-selling-soap/87745/From Procter & Gamble to one of government’s biggest bureaucracies.Tom ShoopWed, 02 Jul 2014 14:05:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/what-does-running-va-have-do-selling-soap/87745/News - FedblogCharles Dharapak/APTreasury Posts Proof That Obama Kept Promise to Give Up 5 Percent of His Salaryhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-pledged-give-salary-and-treasury-posts-proof-he-did-just/87601/Department shows the president followed through on 2013 sequester promise.Ross GianfortuneMon, 30 Jun 2014 17:31:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-pledged-give-salary-and-treasury-posts-proof-he-did-just/87601/News - FedblogUnited States Department of Treasury