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-usThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:12:51 -0500The Ambassadorial Confirmation Scorecardhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/ambassadorial-confirmation-scorecard/101595/The Senate just confirmed a slew of nominees, but there are many others who remain in limbo.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:12:51 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/ambassadorial-confirmation-scorecard/101595/News - Fedblog KPG_Payless/Shutterstock.comThe New American Ambassador to New Zealand is a Former Baseball Player http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/obamas-state-department-new-zealand-ambassador-former-baseball-player-and-banker/101565/Banking executive Mark Gilbert has raised millions for Obama -- and played seven games in 1985 for the Chicago White Sox.Ross GianfortuneThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:43:43 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/obamas-state-department-new-zealand-ambassador-former-baseball-player-and-banker/101565/News - FedblogThough he only appeared in seven games in 1985, the Chicago White Sox asked Mark Gilbert to pose for a photo at Comiskey Park.AP file photoHow to Beat Bureaucracy and Change a Federal Agencyhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/how-beat-bureaucracy-and-change-federal-agency/101472/Rajiv Shah leaves an impressive legacy at the U.S. Agency for International Development.Tom ShoopWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:41:39 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/how-beat-bureaucracy-and-change-federal-agency/101472/News - FedblogAlex Brandon/APFederal Employees Honored in Time's 'Person of the Year'http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/federal-employees-honored-times-person-year/101037/Workers at two agencies recognized with honorary title.Eric KatzThu, 11 Dec 2014 10:56:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/federal-employees-honored-times-person-year/101037/News - FedblogNIH virologist Nancy Sullivan shows President Obama around the agency's Vaccine Research Center in Bethesda, Md. Sullivan was one of the federal employees named. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APA Beatle’s Role in Obama’s Immigration Orderhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/beatles-role-obamas-immigration-order/100406/Expanded deferred action has its roots in John Lennon's 1970s deportation battle, attorney says.Charles S. ClarkWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:50:21 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/beatles-role-obamas-immigration-order/100406/News - FedblogJohn Lennon arrives for a concert in Houston in August 1965. Ferd Kaufman/AP file photoFederal Employees Really, Really Like Their Health Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/federal-employees-really-really-their-health-benefits/99956/Survey shows near unanimous support for FEHBP.Eric KatzTue, 25 Nov 2014 15:54:52 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/federal-employees-really-really-their-health-benefits/99956/News - FedblogSyda Productions/Shutterstock.comWriting the Book on Moneyball Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/writing-book-moneyball-government/99728/A bipartisan group makes the case for evidence-based decision-making.Charles S. ClarkFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:52:54 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/writing-book-moneyball-government/99728/News - FedblogWhat Are the Lessons Learned from the 2013 Shutdown? Agencies Have No Idea.http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/what-are-lessons-learned-2013-shutdown-agencies-have-no-idea/99215/Report says agencies did not document how they dealt with last year's shutdown.Eric KatzMon, 17 Nov 2014 14:20:57 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/what-are-lessons-learned-2013-shutdown-agencies-have-no-idea/99215/News - FedblogKevin Bacher/NPSOne Way Officials Can Dodge a Questionhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/one-way-officials-can-dodge-question/98909/Activist who tried to pose questions to retired Gen. David Petraeus at an event went to jail instead.Charles S. ClarkThu, 13 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/one-way-officials-can-dodge-question/98909/News - FedblogRetired Gen. David Petraeus, giving remarks to CIA employees in 2011.CIA file photoSenator: Good Federal Employees Can’t Be Ordered on Amazonhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/senator-good-federal-employees-cant-be-ordered-amazon/98912/Lawmaker wants respect and resources for the federal workforce.Eric KatzWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:51:48 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/senator-good-federal-employees-cant-be-ordered-amazon/98912/News - FedblogSen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., defended federal employees during a hearing on the Obama administration's request for more Ebola funding. Bill Hrybyk/Goddard Space Flight Center file photoActually, the Elections Were About Making Government Workhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/actually-elections-were-about-making-government-work/98339/But can Republicans deliver on that promise?Tom ShoopThu, 06 Nov 2014 12:27:56 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/actually-elections-were-about-making-government-work/98339/News - FedblogOffice of The Speaker of the HouseJohn Lennon and GAO’s High Risk Listhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/john-lennon-and-gaos-high-risk-list/98138/A top federal auditor channels an ode to world peace.Charles S. ClarkTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:09:29 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/john-lennon-and-gaos-high-risk-list/98138/News - FedblogStrawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park, New York City. Wikimedia CommonsAbout the House Republicans’ New IRS Videohttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/about-house-republicans-new-irs-video/97706/Spokesman says recap of political targeting scandal was produced in-house at no cost to taxpayers.Charles S. ClarkWed, 29 Oct 2014 11:45:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/about-house-republicans-new-irs-video/97706/News - FedblogRep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which released the video along with the Ways and Means panel. Flickr user Gage SkidmoreWhat the Decline in Public Trust Means for Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/what-decline-public-trust-means-government/97514/The lack of faith spreads from elected officials to federal institutions.Tom ShoopMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:44:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/what-decline-public-trust-means-government/97514/News - FedblogNavy Cmdr. James Lawler, right, a member of the Defense Department medical support team, shows students how to remove their personal protective equipment during training in San Antonio last week.Defense DepartmentDo Stoners Come Up With Government-Funded Research Programs?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/do-stoned-people-come-government-funded-research-programs/97232/Late-night hosts asks his audience to separate real from fake projects.Ross GianfortuneThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/do-stoned-people-come-government-funded-research-programs/97232/News - FedblogABCFeds Send Obama an Early Christmas Wish: An Extra Day Offhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/feds-send-obama-early-christmas-wish-extra-day/97025/We the People Petition asks the president to make Friday, Dec. 26 a holiday, creating a four-day weekend.Amelia GruberTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:15:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/feds-send-obama-early-christmas-wish-extra-day/97025/News - FedblogHasloo Group Production Studio / Shutterstock.comA Double Dose of Luck for the Park Servicehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/double-dose-luck-park-service/96398/Two gifts help the agency maintain the onetime home of the Custis and Lee families overlooking Arlington Cemetery.Charles S. ClarkTue, 14 Oct 2014 12:31:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/double-dose-luck-park-service/96398/News - FedblogArlington House, which recently received a $12.35 million gift to restore its weakened structure. National Park Service file photoHow to Stump the Smartest Man in Obama’s Cabinethttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/how-stump-smartest-man-obamas-cabinet/95870/Energy Secretary and renowned physicist Ernest Moniz has a few gaps in his education.Charles S. ClarkMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:47:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/how-stump-smartest-man-obamas-cabinet/95870/News - FedblogEnergy Secretary Ernest MonizEnergy DepartmentDHS Chief to Washington Post: Actually, 90 Percent of our Senior Positions Are Filledhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/dhs-chief-washington-post-actually-90-percent-our-senior-positions-are-filled/94973/Feature faulting the massive department for heavy turnover "disregarded the present," Jeh Johnson writes in letter to the editor.Charles S. ClarkWed, 24 Sep 2014 12:23:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/dhs-chief-washington-post-actually-90-percent-our-senior-positions-are-filled/94973/News - FedblogDHS Secretary Jeh JohnsonFlickr user Minex GuatemalaAmazing True Stories of the Bureaucracy!http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/amazing-true-stories-bureaucracy/94895/For one night a year, government’s unsung heroes take center stage.Tom ShoopTue, 23 Sep 2014 17:01:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/amazing-true-stories-bureaucracy/94895/News - FedblogPartnership for Public ServiceEx-IRS Executive Lerner Breaks 15 Months of Silencehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/ex-irs-executive-lerner-breaks-15-months-silence/94709/Former head of the tax-exempt organizations unit is a "more complicated figure than the caricature she's become in the public eye," Politico reports.Charles S. ClarkMon, 22 Sep 2014 12:04:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/ex-irs-executive-lerner-breaks-15-months-silence/94709/News - FedblogLois Lerner, former head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations division. Lauren Victoria Burke/AP file photoEllsberg: Whistleblowers Needed to Expose 'Cost and Consequences' of Obama's ISIS Planhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/ellsberg-whistleblowers-needed-expose-cost-and-consequences-obamas-isis-plan/94541/Those who step forward should remain anonymous, Pentagon Papers leaker says.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Sep 2014 17:40:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/ellsberg-whistleblowers-needed-expose-cost-and-consequences-obamas-isis-plan/94541/News - FedblogDaniel EllsbergFlickr user Steve RhodesHighway Safety Board Found to Be Slow, Timidhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/highway-safety-board-found-be-slow-timid/94133/New York Times report says NHTSA may be more interested in popular safety ratings than investigating potential dangers.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:31:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/highway-safety-board-found-be-slow-timid/94133/News - FedblogTim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock.comCan't Get Tickets to the White House Tour? Try This Instead. http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/cant-get-tickets-white-house-tour-try-instead/93758/A new museum showcases some historical gems.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Sep 2014 17:10:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/cant-get-tickets-white-house-tour-try-instead/93758/News - FedblogThe White House Visitors CenterNational Park ServiceHHS Chief Gets Behind One Cause Everyone Can Believe Inhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/hhs-chief-gets-behind-one-cause-everyone-can-believe/93566/Burwell supports a Republican effort to speed discovery and dissemination of pioneering medical cures.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Sep 2014 13:53:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/hhs-chief-gets-behind-one-cause-everyone-can-believe/93566/News - FedblogHHS