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-usTue, 24 Mar 2015 09:56:15 -0400What Pizza, Lawnmowers and Veterans Cemeteries Have in Commonhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/what-pizza-lawnmowers-and-veterans-cemeteries-have-common/108256/Lessons in serving customers better.Tom ShoopTue, 24 Mar 2015 09:56:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/what-pizza-lawnmowers-and-veterans-cemeteries-have-common/108256/News - FedblogOMB's Lisa Danzig at the Customer Experience Summit.Learn How to Keep Your Customers Satisfiedhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/learn-how-keep-your-customers-satisfied/107763/The Customer Experience Summit focuses on fostering a customer-centric culture in your organization.Tom ShoopTue, 17 Mar 2015 16:10:16 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/learn-how-keep-your-customers-satisfied/107763/News - FedblogSimon and GarfunkelHenny Ray Abrams/APUnion Boss and George W. Bush Deliver Message to Obama: Give Feds a Raisehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/union-boss-and-george-w-bush-deliver-message-obama-give-feds-raise/107670/AFGE leader uses face-to-face with president at Selma march to pitch pay raise for federal workforce.Eric KatzMon, 16 Mar 2015 16:38:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/union-boss-and-george-w-bush-deliver-message-obama-give-feds-raise/107670/News - FedblogPresident Obama, former president George W. Bush and civil rights leaders walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." Gerald Herbert/APRacing Presidents Shoot Video at National Archiveshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/racing-presidents-shoot-video-national-archives/107481/The Nationals mascots were warming up for the 2015 season.Ross GianfortuneFri, 13 Mar 2015 12:46:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/racing-presidents-shoot-video-national-archives/107481/News - FedblogNational Archives via FacebookFederal Employees -- They’re Just Like Us!http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/federal-employees-theyre-just-us/107406/Lawmaker wants America to put a name and a face to the federal government.Kellie LunneyThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:08:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/federal-employees-theyre-just-us/107406/News - FedblogDr. Nancy Sullivan, chief of the Biodefense Research Section in NIH's Vaccine Research Center, was one of the first employees profiled, in recognition of her work developing the first Ebola vaccine found to be effective in monkeys. Cliff Owen/APFeds Will Miss a Pay Raise Champion http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/feds-will-miss-pay-raise-champion/106509/Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will not seek re-election.Eric KatzMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:14:03 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/feds-will-miss-pay-raise-champion/106509/News - FedblogOffice of Sen. Barbara MikulskiParks and Recreation on ‘Sexy’ Public Servicehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/parks-recreation-sexy-public-service/106047/A sitcom goes where no politician dares.Tom ShoopWed, 25 Feb 2015 15:14:30 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/parks-recreation-sexy-public-service/106047/News - FedblogVA Employees Get Some Recognition at the Oscars http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/va-employees-get-some-recognition-oscars/105834/Film on the department’s suicide prevention hotline wins Best Documentary Short.Eric KatzMon, 23 Feb 2015 13:51:49 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/va-employees-get-some-recognition-oscars/105834/News - FedblogHBO via YouTubeVideo: Fox Show Rips Feds, AFGE Chief on Valentine's Dayhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/video-fox-show-rips-feds-afge-chief-valentines-day/105405/Hosts David Asman and Steve Forbes think feds make too much money.Ross GianfortuneTue, 17 Feb 2015 12:23:46 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/video-fox-show-rips-feds-afge-chief-valentines-day/105405/News - FedblogCox made the comments at the AFGE 2015 Legislative Conference.AFGEThe Interior Department Knows How to Celebrate Valentine's Dayhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/interior-department-knows-how-celebrate-valentines-day/105348/A video tribute to love in the National Parks.Tom ShoopFri, 13 Feb 2015 15:29:55 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/interior-department-knows-how-celebrate-valentines-day/105348/News - FedblogInterior DepartmentLesson for Congress: Don’t Mess With VA’s Bob McDonaldhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/lesson-congress-dont-mess-vas-bob-mcdonald/105222/Federal officials often serve as punching bags for lawmakers trying to land political points. Not this guy.Katherine McIntire PetersThu, 12 Feb 2015 13:48:33 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/lesson-congress-dont-mess-vas-bob-mcdonald/105222/News - FedblogVA Secretary Bob McDonald.Veterans Affairs Department file photoOn ‘Parks and Recreation,’ the Joke’s on the Fedshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/parks-and-recreation-jokes-feds/105087/This may be the first time in television history that a network sitcom has included a gag about the Senior Executive Service.Tom ShoopWed, 11 Feb 2015 13:18:16 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/parks-and-recreation-jokes-feds/105087/News - FedblogAmy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation."NBCTales of a Government That Workshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/tales-government-works/105027/Our new downloadable ebook on innovative federal efforts.Tom ShoopTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:23:21 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/tales-government-works/105027/News - FedblogFlickr user Kurtis GarbuttJeb Bush Is No Anti-Government Crusaderhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/jeb-bush-no-anti-government-crusader/104784/Would-be GOP presidential contender calls for “smarter, effective government.”Tom ShoopFri, 06 Feb 2015 12:50:22 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/jeb-bush-no-anti-government-crusader/104784/News - FedblogPaul Sancya/APWhen Obama’s Veto Threat Is Serious http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/when-obamas-veto-threat-serious/104556/The administration usually leaves itself some wiggle room. But not always.Charles S. ClarkWed, 04 Feb 2015 12:46:09 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/when-obamas-veto-threat-serious/104556/News - FedblogPresident Obama says, again, he will veto legislation aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act. Pete Souza/White House file photoThe Government Will See You Nowhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/government-will-see-you-now/104388/The Obama administration wants agencies to deliver world class customer service.Katherine McIntire PetersTue, 03 Feb 2015 11:11:02 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/government-will-see-you-now/104388/News - FedblogAction Sports Photography/Shutterstock.comDHS: Buying a Super Bowl Jersey? Make Sure It's Not Fake.http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/dhs-buying-super-bowl-jersey-make-sure-its-not-fake/104076/Agencies and the NFL partner during Super Bowl week to weed out counterfeit Seahawks and Patriots products.Ross GianfortuneThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:07:40 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/dhs-buying-super-bowl-jersey-make-sure-its-not-fake/104076/News - FedblogSarah Saldaña holds up a counterfeit flask during a news conference Thursday in Phoenix.David J. Phillip/APBob Dylan is Thinking About the Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/bob-dylan-thinking-about-government/103596/It’s not a job creator, the legendary troubador says.Tom ShoopFri, 23 Jan 2015 12:54:39 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/bob-dylan-thinking-about-government/103596/News - FedblogBob Dylan and President Obama at the White House in 2012.AP Photo/Charles DharapakTSA Does Its Job, Finds More Guns in Carry-ons Than Ever Beforehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/tsa-does-its-job-finds-more-guns-carry-ons-ever/103590/The agency's employees found 2,212 firearms in 2014. Most were loaded.Ross GianfortuneFri, 23 Jan 2015 12:45:32 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/tsa-does-its-job-finds-more-guns-carry-ons-ever/103590/News - FedblogThis man stands between you and the passenger sitting next to you carrying a gun.Mark Lennihan/APState of the Union: The Message for Fedshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/state-union-message-feds/103287/Obama: "We need to set our sights higher than just making sure government doesn’t halt the progress we’re making."Katherine McIntire Peters and Eric KatzTue, 20 Jan 2015 22:10:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/state-union-message-feds/103287/News - FedblogMandel Ngan/Associated PressNew Oversight Chairman Replaces Issa Portrait With Photos of Postal Workershttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/new-oversight-chairman-replaces-issa-portrait-photos-postal-workers/103140/The former committee head’s staff is not happy.Eric KatzFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:07:27 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/new-oversight-chairman-replaces-issa-portrait-photos-postal-workers/103140/News - FedblogWhy You May Have Noticed Beefed Up Security at Your Federal Office http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/why-you-may-have-noticed-beefed-security-your-federal-office/102870/It’s not because of any “specific, credible” threat.Eric KatzWed, 14 Jan 2015 13:58:04 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/why-you-may-have-noticed-beefed-security-your-federal-office/102870/News - FedblogDHS chief Jeh Johnson ordered the measures earlier this week in response to the terror attacks in Paris. Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/NavyWhat if the Problem Isn’t the Rules, but the People?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/what-if-problem-isnt-rules-people/102792/When it comes to acquiring new digital technology, acquisition regulations aren’t really the issue.Tom ShoopTue, 13 Jan 2015 17:01:24 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/what-if-problem-isnt-rules-people/102792/News - Fedblogbikeriderlondon/Shutterstock.comClapper and L 'il Bubhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/clapper-and-l-il-bub/102645/The Director of National Intelligence has finally arrived.Katherine McIntire PetersMon, 12 Jan 2015 13:39:31 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/clapper-and-l-il-bub/102645/News - FedblogThe two recent stars of Tumblr have more in common than you might think.Defense Department and AP file photosThe Civil Servant Who Didn't Show Up to Work for 24 Yearshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/civil-servant-who-didnt-show-work-24-years/102597/Want to know where it's really hard to fire a government employee? India.Tom ShoopFri, 09 Jan 2015 16:59:53 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/civil-servant-who-didnt-show-work-24-years/102597/News - Fedblog