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-usWed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:17 -0400Feds 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 TreasuryObama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheadshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-there-arent-many-boneheaded-federal-employees/87415/Only 1 percent of workforce is screwing up at any given moment, president estimates.Tom ShoopFri, 27 Jun 2014 09:02:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-there-arent-many-boneheaded-federal-employees/87415/News - FedblogObama made the comments at a town hall meeting at Minneapolis' Minnehaha Park.Jim Mone/APWhy Issa Says He Stage-Directed the IRS Chief's Oathhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/why-issa-says-he-stage-directed-irs-chiefs-oath/87388/The House Oversight panel chairman startled many with his critique of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's posture.Charles S. ClarkThu, 26 Jun 2014 16:15:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/why-issa-says-he-stage-directed-irs-chiefs-oath/87388/News - FedblogHouse Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.Charles Dharapak/APEPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallwayhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/epa-employees-told-stop-pooping-hallway/87223/Agency hires consultant to tell it to watch out for misplaced bowel movements.Eric KatzWed, 25 Jun 2014 11:45:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/epa-employees-told-stop-pooping-hallway/87223/News - FedblogThere is a big difference between the above image and a hallway.PhotoXpressDoJ to Federal Judge: Dismiss Insane Clown Posse's Lawsuithttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/justice-federal-judge-dismiss-insane-clown-posses-lawsuit/87013/Justice doesn't want to be in the business of fighting Juggalos.Ross GianfortuneMon, 23 Jun 2014 16:11:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/justice-federal-judge-dismiss-insane-clown-posses-lawsuit/87013/News - FedblogFrom left, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope filed the lawsuit in January.Carlos Osorio/APIs the IRS Chief a Quitter?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/irs-chief-quitter/87001/Lawmaker predicts Koskinen will be gone 'within several months or a year;' commissioner says he will serve out his term.Charles S. ClarkMon, 23 Jun 2014 12:08:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/irs-chief-quitter/87001/News - FedblogJ. Scott Applewhite/APVanity Portraits: Not Much of a Drain on the Budgethttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/vanity-portraits-not-much-drain-budget/86527/It turns out agencies don’t spend much on paintings of their leaders.Charles S. ClarkMon, 16 Jun 2014 14:52:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/vanity-portraits-not-much-drain-budget/86527/News - FedblogDefense Secretary Robert Gates, right, addresses the audience while former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld looks on during Rumsfeld's portrait unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon, in 2010.Department of Defense/AP File PhotoFiring Feds, Private Sector-Stylehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/firing-feds-private-sector-style/86203/A cautionary tale about swift terminations.Charles S. ClarkTue, 10 Jun 2014 17:00:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/firing-feds-private-sector-style/86203/News - Fedblog“What does it take to get fired from the EPA?” asked House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., at a May hearing.Carolyn Kaster/APAccomplishments: Amazing. Bonuses: $0http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/accomplishments-amazing-bonuses-0/85957/The Senior Executives Association honors high-performing executives in a year without formal awards.Tom ShoopFri, 06 Jun 2014 09:29:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/accomplishments-amazing-bonuses-0/85957/News - FedblogTobias Arhelger/Shutterstock.comAt Least Eric Shinseki Didn’t Get Choked by the Presidenthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/least-eric-shinseki-didnt-get-choked-president/85582/That was the fate suffered by the first head of the Veterans Bureau.Tom ShoopMon, 02 Jun 2014 10:50:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/least-eric-shinseki-didnt-get-choked-president/85582/News - FedblogSure, he looks calm in his presidential portrait, but President Harding was not afraid to choke federal officials.Library of CongressIt's Getting Easier to Reach IRS Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/its-getting-easier-reach-irs-employees/85504/Agency gives in to request for phone numbers and other contact info for employees in the tax exempt division.Charles S. ClarkFri, 30 May 2014 14:02:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/its-getting-easier-reach-irs-employees/85504/News - FedblogIRS Commissioner John Koskinen J. Scott Applewhite/APTrump's Vision for Pennsylvania Avenuehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/trumps-vision-pennsylvania-avenue/85297/271-room luxury hotel would preserve the 19th-century exterior of the Old Post Office.Charles S. ClarkWed, 28 May 2014 11:40:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/trumps-vision-pennsylvania-avenue/85297/News - FedblogManuel Balce Ceneta/AP Shutdowns, Base Closings and Other True Stories of Suburban Federal Lifehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/shutdowns-base-closings-and-other-true-stories-suburban-federal-life/84673/A new book chronicles life in Arlington, Va.Tom ShoopMon, 19 May 2014 08:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/shutdowns-base-closings-and-other-true-stories-suburban-federal-life/84673/News - FedblogFlickr user nostri-imagoBad News for Agency Budgetshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/discretionarymeaning-agencyspending-nears-historic-low/84508/Spending on nondefense investments is nearing historic lows.Charles S. ClarkThu, 15 May 2014 13:49:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/discretionarymeaning-agencyspending-nears-historic-low/84508/News - Fedblog larry1235/Shutterstock.comEPA Employee Spent 2-6 Hours per Day at Work Watching Pornhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/porn-fedblog/83980/Federal worker kept 7,000 pornographic files on agency server.Eric KatzWed, 07 May 2014 16:41:22 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/05/porn-fedblog/83980/News - Fedblog jurgenfr/Shutterstock.com